Celebrity Wedding Planner Samantha Goldberg Plans A Wedding With Comedian Kathy Griffin in Queens NY

Comedian Kathy Griffin on Saturday March 8 in Queens NY officates wedding for local couple Elka Shapiro and Brian Anstey at the Oueens Farm and Museum. One hundred guests attend wedding. Planned by NJ based celebrity planner Samantha Goldberg.
By: NJ Press Release For Samantha Goldberg
March 9, 2008 - PRLog -- New Yorkers Brian Anstey and Elka Shapiro are such great fans of comedian Kathy Griffin that they asked her to marry them.

Their dream came true Saturday when the flame-haired funny lady officiated at their wedding in Queens in front of 100 delighted guests.

"The request came in, and how could I say no?" said Griffin, 47, who flew in from Los Angeles for the off-the-wall nuptials.

She joked that she had studied theology for months before being ordained online into the clergy of the Universal Life Church. "Actually, my assistant, Tiffany, applied for the certificate on my behalf, and it took about five minutes," she admitted. "But I love that this couple just want to have fun. They're my kind of people."

The co-star of TV's "Suddenly Susan" and occasional co-host of "The View" added that she had to complete additional paperwork to satisfy the State of New York that the marriage was 100% legal.

Shapiro, 29, a marketing director who lives in Bayside, Queens, was happy with the result.

"Neither of us is affiliated with any particular religion, and the major factor in our relationship is laughter," she said. "Kathy was fantastic and had us all in hysterics during the ceremony.

"We are so lucky that she agreed to marry us because it's so unusual and something we'll always remember."

Griffin's 10-minute service was peppered with blue language and X-rated jokes about the couple's sex life.

She also made the bride recite the menu for the reception.

"What did you get for the boring vegetarians and vegans?" Griffin wanted to know. "They're such a pain at these things."

Anstey, 31, who teaches fifth-graders in Harlem, said his students would be impressed by news of the celebrity minister. "They'll be pretty excited," he said. "I'm looking forward to showing them our wedding photographs."

The event at the Queens County Farm Museum, coordinated by New Jersey wedding planner Samantha Goldberg, was filmed for the fourth season of Griffin's reality TV show, "My Life on the D-List," which lampoons her "lowly" status in Hollywood. It is due to air on Bravo in June.

"People asked if I was concerned that I might upstage the bride," said Griffin, who insisted her role as a wedding officiant is a one-off. "But Elka didn't have to worry. I'm wearing a green gown I wore to the Golden Globes a few years ago - which got me on one of those 'Worst Dressed' lists!"

Jane Ridley New York Daily News Staff Writer

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