Pawn Stars’ fan favorite Austin “Chumlee” Russell often plays the role of clown on the set of the hugely popular History Channel reality series. With the upcoming nuptials of Rick Harrison and fiancée Deanna Burdick, however, he’ll take on a more serious role as the couple’s ring bearer.
Harrison revealed wedding details to People Magazine recently, including the posh Ritz Carlton Laguna Beach location of his July 21 wedding fete. Most interestingly, Chumlee will serve as ring bearer. “I can’t make that up,” says Harrison.
Although most know the loveable Chumlee as a jokester at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Rick Harrison has known the loveable prankster since he was a child. As a long-time friend of Harrison’s son Corey, Chumlee has been a part of Harrison’s life for many years, with the History Channel describing a father/son relationship between the two.
Since the days of Victorian England, ring bearers have been relied upon to safely deliver the wedding bands to the alter, symbolizing the new bond between the bride and groom. And while most choose a young boy for this role, Harrison’s choice of Chumlee signifies just how close the two are, and how trusted a friend he is to the couple.
In addition to Chumlee’s inclusion in the ceremony, Harrison also told People Magazine that History Channel star Danny Koker will become an ordained minister in order to perform the wedding ceremony.