Newlyweds Shannon McGarry and Tim Viands saw through a log following their wedding ceremony Sunday at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY CYNDI WOOD

Mainers rally to pull off wedding for disappointed couple

TRENTON — Proving that when there’s a will, there can be a wedding, a Philadelphia area couple married Sunday at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show under an arbor hand-built for the occasion.

Tim Viands and Shannon McGarry’s plans for a September wedding in Ireland were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disappointed couple were visiting Maine last week when they called the office at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton to inquire about purchasing tickets online. The call came in at 10:15 p.m. last Wednesday. Owner Tina Scheer happened to be in and picked up. They started chatting and connected over a shared love of all things Irish.

Upon learning about the canceled wedding plans, Scheer mentioned that a wedding that had been planned at the Trenton venue also had been called off recently. She told McGarry and Viands that if they wanted to have the wedding at the lumberjack show, they were welcome.

“We laughed and hung up,” she recalled. But the next day, the couple called back. If Scheer was up for it, they were.

“I got goosebumps,” Scheer said. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Do you at least want to meet me first? Do you want to see the venue?’”

Shannon McGarry and Tim Viands dance at their wedding Sunday. It was planned in a matter of days after the pandemic derailed their plans for a wedding in Ireland.

Scheer, a timber sports athlete and former “Survivor” contestant, doesn’t back down from a challenge. Neither did the couple. They immediately went into action, enlisting family members to help with details. Scheer recruited employees, friends and businesses to help. Everything from the shoes to the flowers, cake to the music came together.

“It took them eight months to plan their wedding in Ireland and four days to plan it in Maine,” Scheer said.

Scheer said her employee and “wedding assistant” Skye Howard was a big help, handling the music and helping to build the arbor.

On Sunday afternoon, Scheer married the couple on the show stage. Their first act as man and wife was to use a crosscut saw to cut a log.

Many of the guests were audience members from the lumberjack show earlier in the day or friends of Scheer’s.

Serendipity was behind the lumberjack show’s inaugural wedding. It never would have happened if she hadn’t picked up that after-hours call, muses Scheer. Friends cooked for the occasion and the Bud Connection did the flowers. The photographer was a woman Scheer met after striking up a conversation with strangers in a parking lot.

“If you’re open to goodness, goodness comes,” Scheer said.

Cyndi Wood

Cyndi Wood

Managing Editor
Cyndi is managing editor of The Ellsworth American. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter.

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