Shotgun weddings aren't such terrific things, but it turns out that a six-gun wedding can be a lot of fun.
In a most unusual wedding ceremony, Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jason Hodge and Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Fiona Ma of San Francisco were married Saturday in a tiny chapel at the end of a faux Old West Main Street at Long Branch Farms in Half Moon Bay. The 5:30 ceremony capped a party that began at 3 for more than 500 guests, nearly all of whom abided by the wedding invitation's advisory that "Western wear will be required."
A contingent of political activists from Ventura County was on hand, including Hank and Leah Lacayo (Hank wore a full-length black duster coat, a horse-head bolo tie with rhinestones and generally was more resplendent than Bat Masterson in his prime), Leo and Marilyn Valenzuela, Tom Mullens and Tim Allison.
The political wedding was conveniently timed to fit between the San Francisco mayoral election four days earlier and Labor Federation endorsement interviews in Ventura County, which will take place Wednesday. Hodge is running for the Senate in the new 19th District, where he faces an uphill battle against fellow Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson.