It’s official: Mr. Burger and Ms. King will be joined in matrimony – on Burger King’s dime.
Seriously. Those are Joel Burger’s and Ashley King’s real names, and the wedding is set for July 17 in Jacksonville, Ill.
The Illinois couple learned this week that the fast food chain had offered to pay for their wedding plus gifts, the State Journal-Register reports:.
“When we heard about the happy, Burger-King couple, we felt an overwhelming urge to celebrate their upcoming marriage,” Burger King spokesperson Eric Hirschhorn says. “On so many levels it felt like fate; they found each other and their story found us.”
Ashley told local newspaper staff writer David Bakke last week that she and Joel have been known as “Burger King” since an elementary-school assembly:
“After the man was finished with his motivational speech, he asked the two fifth-grade (student council) representatives to stand up as he wanted the students to applaud our efforts in helping set up his event. As soon as he said, ‘Joel Burger and Ashley King,’ he started to laugh out loud and pronounced we were ‘Burger King.'”
Joel and Ashley were classmates through high school, and the Burger King thing stayed with them all the way.
They tried to avoid the inevitable, but it was fate. At first, they were friends but not a couple. They went to prom together and homecoming, too.
After Joel proposed, the couple posed next to a Burger King sign outside their local Burger King for their engagement announcement photo. Contrary to tradition, they flipped their last names on the announcement, putting Joel’s first, so it read Burger-King.
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