Monday 26 August 2019

Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger tie the knot in ceremony officiated by a Goonie

Happy couple said 'I do' at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood

Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger. Photo by Jeff Vespa
Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger. Photo by Jeff Vespa
Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger. Photo by Jeff Vespa
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

It was a wedding ceremony children of the 80s could only ever dream of.

Ratatouille star and stand up comedian Patton Oswalt, 48, tied the knot this weekend with fiancé of four months Meredith Salenger at the Jim Henson Company Lot in LA - with none other than Goonies' actor Martha Plimpton as wedding officiant.

After they exchanged vows, the couple walked down the aisle hand-in-hand with Patton's eight year old daughter Alice, while Like a Feather singer Nikka Costa provided the music.

Later the pair danced their first dance to Right Down the Line, which was performed live by Aimee Mann.

Bride Meredith beamed in an off-the-shoulder A-line gown, which she paired with 'something blue' velvet shoes, while a proud-looking Patton wore a grey suit which he kept casual with an open white shirt and no tie.

The couple matched their flowers (her bouquet, his button-hole) with flower girl Alice's pretty fresh floral crown.

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"Happiest aunty is now happiest mom" Meredith responded to a photo of her step-daughter later on Twitter, and used the hashtag #IloveAlice.

Words of congratulations flooded in from fans of the comedian, with one saying they were "so happy to see a smile on your faces, especially that sweet l’il girl. Congratulations."

The news comes a year and a half after the sudden death of Patton's first wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara.

Following her death, Patton wrote a powerful open letter which was published by Time, in which he wrote that his wife's death had not left a void, but a "blast crater".

News of their engagement was met with some criticism from online trolls, whom the couple chose to respond by sharing a blog post by young widow Erica Roman.

"You aren't entitled to an opinion," Erica, who lost her husband just three days before Patton's wife Michelle passed away, wrote. "You don't get to comment on the choices of a widower while you sit happily next to your own living spouse. You didn't have to stand and watch your mundane morning turn into your absolute worst nightmare."

"I think for Patton," Meredith added when she shared the post, "having met and found love after over a year of intense therapy and openly grieving and dealing with his pain…I am grateful to be the one who helps him climb out of the depths of grief and find some joy again. And most of all… Alice is happy and feels loved."

"I have waited 47 years to find true love. Creating our family unit while honoring the brilliant gift Michelle has given me will be my life's goal and happiness."

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