Sgt. Scott Rogerson called Irene Gardner last Sunday and told her he wanted to get married.
That wasn't news - the two had planned an April wedding that had to be postponed because Rogerson, an Ogden resident, was still in Kuwait with the scout sniper platoon of the 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Division.It was news that he wanted to get married as soon as he got back to Utah.
The couple moved fast.
Rogerson flew from Saudi Arabia to Camp Lejeune, N.C., just last weekend. He landed at Salt Lake International Airport at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Gardner, an Orem resident, and a limousine met him. The two were whisked to the Salt Lake County clerk's office to get their marriage license.
Shortly before 3 p.m., the limousine pulled up to the Wedding Chapel, an establishment that provides "Las Vegas-style" weddings and located in a shopping center at 60 W. 3300 South. The organist hit the first notes of the wedding march.
"I wanted to marry her. I wanted her to be my wife," Rogerson said.
"I kind of threw everything together, and here we are," Gardner said.
Fifteen minutes later, the groom appeared in his tuxedo, the bride in her tea-length wedding gown. They conferred with the Rev. Milton Stewart, on call 24 hours a day for Wedding Chapel ceremonies. And after another fifteen minutes or so, they were wed. Family and friends beamed. A few more minutes, and the Wedding Chapel emptied.
The Wedding Chapel specializes in the kind of service people think they have to drive all the way to Las Vegas - or Wendover - to get, said the Rev. Jim Powers. The Rogersons' wedding was the sixth full-service, no-wait wedding they've coordinated since opening for business a month ago, he said.