My husband and I were part of a wedding this past weekend at the Morning Glory Inn, and while the location is quite lovely, it isn't lovely enough to tolerate the dictatorial style of the owner. We are good friends of the brides (this was a sa...
me-sex wedding), and were asked to sing/play music as part of the wedding ceremony. Aside from failing to exhibit manners or professionalism, my impression of Dave is that he was actively trying to ruin this wedding. It was, in short, deplorable.
Frankly, I can't describe each and every incident that occurred in which Dave was offensive (because there were so, so many), but I will say he spent the majority of the rehearsal barking at the bride, the wedding party and the performers. This attitude carried over into the day of the wedding, during which he demonstrated his complete incompetence (i.e., he could not follow the basic layout of the ceremony, causing him to bicker publicly with the minister and with my husband and me). He was also visibly rude to the guests (to the point where much of the discussion at the wedding was centered around Dave's outrageous behavior). At the beginning of the ceremony, when the instrumental music was to start (at the request of the bride, by the way), Dave hollered at my husband and me, in front of the guests, insisting that we"wait for him." Indeed, we waited... for a whole 3 - 4 minutes of awkward silence while guests were visibly confused.
Another incident that springs to mind is how Dave interacted with the videographer. The brides asked the videographer to set up in the library. (Aside: the library boasted an array of authors with a common theme. Most all were politically conservative and polarizing political pundits, such as Glenn Beck). Apparently, even though the brides rented the entire Inn for the weekend, Dave demanded that the videographer could not be in the library for the video journal because it would disrupt the "flow." And so, after getting all of the equipment and lighting set up, the videographer had to disassemble everything and was forced outside. This was particularly upsetting to the brides because there was absolutely no reason for it. Dave's argument about the "flow" being disrupted was obviously a smokescreen to cover what became abundantly clear throughout my two days at the MGI: Dave was clearly very uncomfortable with this same-sex wedding, but elected to do business with brides anyway. Instead of being a professional, he actively tried to ruin their wedding and it was disgusting. Of course, what Dave didn't count on was that the people who were there to support this wedding were radiating such love and positivity that his bigotry was outshone.
I've read several of Dave's replies both here and on tripadvisor.com, wherein he appears to justify his obnoxious behavior by brushing it off as a function of his "intimidating" personality. Dave, if end up reading this review, the reality is that you are not intimidating; but, you are a whole host of other things that I'm far to polite to say in this venue. I'll leave it to you to fill in the blanks.
Dave also describes that the MGI provides a "unique wedding experience." That is actually something I would agree with - it is unique in that the owner of the establishment would go so far out of his to try to ruin the day for the folks getting married.