In an attempt to not miss any part of his brother’s wedding, this man thought out of the box –literally.
Joshua Smith was so keen to be both best man and officiator on his brother’s big day, he came up with the ingenious idea of making a replica of himself so he could be in two places at once.
The pastor, from Alliance in Ohio, named his life-sized cardboard cut-out “Flat Josh” and even attached a small hook at the back to hold the all-important rings for his brother, Adam, and his wife-to-be, Katrina.
The figure matched Josh's own wedding getup, consisting of a dark-coloured suit, peach tie, waistcoat and pocket handkerchief, and can be spotted during the ceremony while he officiates.
“The ceremony started out with me standing next to my brother in my role as best man. Then the processional music started and in walked the bride with her father,” the 35-year-old recalled of the experience.
“Once they made it to the front, with everyone still standing there quietly, I walked off the altar area to a side room connected to the chapel. There I put on my clergy wedding stole and brought 'Flat Josh' out to take my place as best man.”
According to Josh, the cardboard cut-out was an instant wedding sensation.
“There was laughter all around. They laughed when I brought him in and they laughed when I asked him for the ring, which I had hanging on a small hook I attached to his back,” he added.
“I think I only returned to my role of the best man one more time when I gave my speech at the reception. There was no way I was letting 'Flat Josh' do anything even remotely pastoral.”
Sources: Magazine Features