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Utah Couple Exchange Vows On Replica Of Pilgrim’s Ship

November 27, 1986

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) _ Allen Pilgeram, pronounced pilgrim, took advantage of his name Thursday and exchanged wedding vows with Marsha Padilla aboard the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America.

″It just started out to be a nice quiet wedding and it’s been blown out of proportion, creating a lot of commotion here,″ said Pilgeram, 47, an airline pilot. He and Miss Padilla, 37, a corrections officer, both from Woods Cross, Utah, were invited by the town to have their wedding here.

Two TV crews and town officials crowded aboard the Mayflower, docked not far from Plymouth Rock. Justice of the Peace Linda Steeves presided over what Pilgeram described as an ordinary civil ceremony.

The newlyweds, camera teams, wedding guests and town fathers then trooped to Plymouth’s Memorial Hall where they and 350 other people sat down at the first of four servings of the town’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.

Tony Lonardo, president of the local Chamber of Commerce, which supplied the wedding cake, estimated a total of 1,800 people would be served at all four sittings.

″One of the TV teams gave us a bottle of alcohol-free champagne,″ said Pilgeram.

Plymouth police said drinking is allowed in the town but not at Memorial Hall, even for a wedding toast.

Despite the dry wedding reception, ″It was really great and it turned out to be a super nice day,″ Pilgeram said later in a telephone interview.