Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Big Fish Story

When you marry at the Camden Aquarium, you have no control over how some wedding guests comport themselves.

A Big Fish Story

This photo is evidence of the happy ending bride-to-be Brett Condon was hoping for when she contacted the Daily News for help when her planned wedding venue, The Philadelphia Belle, went bankrupt in June. That left her and groom-to-be Rob Zahorchak without a place to host their Sept. 24th nuptials.

I wrote a column about Brett and Rob's dilemma and, within hours, the good people at the Camden Adventure Aquarium stepped forward and helped set Brett and Rob's wedding back on track. Brett was overjoyed that it was all going to turn out okay, and she asked what she could do to repay the Daily News for the exposure we had given her and Rob (we put her and Rob on the front cover).

My only (legal) suggestion: Send me a photo of the big day!

Hence this picture, snapped right after the bride and groom said "we do" in front of the 760,000-gallon fish tank. Brett refers to this big turtle as "our wedding crasher who came right up to see what was going on as we kissed at the close of our ceremony."

Congrats, Brett and Rob, and may you sail many smooth decades over the wide seas of marriage!

Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
About this blog

When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.


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Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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