Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 7, 2012

‘Teen Mom’ marries in Catlettsburg

Cameras were rolling as reality TV star ties the knot at Wedding Chapel

The Independent

CATLETTSBURG —  Wedding bells rang and cameras rolled when Leah Messer of MTV’s “Teen Mom 2” and her fiance, Jeremy Calvert, tied the knot in Catlettsburg Wednesday.

The Rev. Marty Gute, an Ashland city commissioner and minister at the Catlettsburg Wedding Chapel, said he received a phone call from an MTV producer Tuesday asking him to sign a waiver allowing the network to film in the chapel.

“When I asked what was going on, they said it was for the Leah Simms wedding, and that name didn’t ring a bell at first,” Gute said. But when he mentioned it to his wife and daughter, they knew exactly who he was talking about.

It was a casual wedding with close friends and family, Gute said. The mothers of the bride and groom served at witnesses. Including the cameramen and producers, about 15 to 20 attended the wedding. Also in attendance were Messer’s 2-year-old twin daughters, Aliannah and Aleeah.

The camera crew followed Messer and Calvert to the Boyd County Courthouse to get their marriage license and rings before wedding. Although it was scheduled for 3 p.m., the wedding didn’t get under way until about 4:30 p.m. because of a holdup getting the rings, Gute said.

“Everybody was happy and joyful and took a ton of pictures,” he said.

Gute did some research of his own and found Messer had made it public that she wants to have a big wedding later. He said he thinks the couple will still have a large wedding, but chose to initially marry at the chapel, not so far from their home town of South Charleston, W.Va., so they could enjoy a quiet celebration with their families.

“I think they wanted to keep it out of the news, but the producer said he knew it would hit Facebook soon,” Gute said. “He asked my daughter not to tweet about it, though.”

Gute said he has performed about 28,000 weddings, but Messer’s was the most exciting one he had done in a while. It is not uncommon, though, for prominent figures from surrounding communities to marry at the chapel to avoid the media, including athletes and well-known doctors, he said.

“We’ve had two couples on Jerry Springer — one from Boyd County and one from Ashland,” Gute said.

“Teen Mom 2” has been chronicling the lives of Messer and her daughters for two years. Messer’s marriage to Calvert is her second.

 SHANNON MILLER can be reached at smiller@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2657.