The Universal Life Church World Headquarters announce Paul McCartney, an ordained minister for the Universal Life Church while performing on stage in Phoenix, Arizona stopped the concert when he saw a sign being held up saying "You're Ordained - We're Engaged - Please Marry Us Tonight." McCartney called up the young couple on stage and proceeded to marry them. McCartney unsure whether such an impromptu marriage was legal did caution the couple such may not be legal, nonetheless for the couple it was a dream come true.
Sir Paul McCartney and fellow Beatles John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were each ordained by the Universal Life Church. McCartney and Yoko Ono, wife of the late John Lennon remain in touch with the ULC World Headquarters of Boca Raton, Florida.
Paul McCartney while on stage saw a sign Adam Kowal and Andrea Copado were holding and invited the couple on stage during his recent concert in Phoenix. "I still can't believe it," said Adam, 30. He lives in Phoenix but grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin and graduated in 2002 from Brookfield Central High School. The Arizona State grad is a design engineer at Honeywell Aerospace.
Andrea, 29, was born 15 years after the Beatles broke up, but she grew up listening to their music in Indiana. She is a huge fan of Paul, and when Adam told her they had sixth-row seats for his concert, she immediately began plotting a way to meet him.
She found a website saying the Universal Life Church had ordained all four Beatles, so she got busy on a colorful sign to hold up at the concert. It said: "You're ordained. We're engaged. Please marry us tonight! Give us a shout out! We love you!"
It worked. Late in the show, Paul looked their way. "He kind of smirked," Adam said. "That was us perceiving him as reading our sign."
The next thing they knew, ushers were leading them backstage. The crew kept telling Andrea to breathe, and then they sent the couple out to meet Paul in front of the crowd of 15,000 people at the US Airways Center for Paul to officiate the ceremony on stage.
Later that night, Adam called his dad, Jeff, who lives in Oconomowoc.
"He called me at 3:30 in the morning. When you see on the phone that it's your kid, you think this can't be good, that early in the morning," Jeff said. "For him it's just memories of a lifetime. This is something they'll tell their kids and grandkids about, and by then they'll think, 'Who's that?'"
Maybe not. Beatles, alive and dead, have shown pretty strong staying power.
Reporters contacted the couple, and the story has appeared all over the country and in England and India. YouTube videos show the ceremony from different angles.
Adam and Andrea are still amazed, and I don't mean maybe. They're hanging tight to the stunning moment even as it becomes a memory. They will frame the poster that led them to Paul.
"He's the kind of icon that's in the history books and all the historical videos," Adam said. "And we actually met him."
The ordination offered by the Universal Life Church World Headquarters of Boca Raton, FL. is valid in all provinces of Canada and in each of the 50 US States, and almost every country around the world, so ordained ministers get multiple chances to use their ordination for serving others. Sometimes, they might need to officiate weddings for their friends, family members or even complete strangers unexpectedly, just like it happened to Paul McCartney during his concert in Phoenix on August 12, 2014. The day that will be remembered by many, perhaps more so by Adam and Andrea than anyone.