Saying “I do” on lanes 1 and 2
By Nick Walden / Towns Correspondent
It was the classic boy-meets-girl story, with a relationship that was years in the making. In this case, the story began with boy meets girl, girl rents boy a pair of bowling shoes.
Josh Burum and Sara Bostrom first met at Rohnert Park’s Double Decker Lanes in 2007, when she was a 19-year-old Sonoma State University student and worked behind the counter. Burum was 24 and felt the five-year gap in their ages preempted anything but occasional flirting.
Apparently he was wrong.
Over the span of seven years, flirting led to dating, an engagement and then a very stylized wedding July 19 in front of friends, family and league members at Double Decker Lanes.
“Why are we getting married at Double Decker?,” Burum said before the ceremony. “One, it was her idea. Two, I didn’t want to argue. Three, it was a great idea.”
The couple asked General Manager Dennis Ganduglia to be ordained so he could perform the ceremony.
“Really, it is fitting,” said Burum, who now works as a general contractor in Novato. “We met there, and I have been bowling there for eight years.”
Owner Jim Decker was more than happy to accommodate the couple, hosting the lanes’ first wedding in about 30 years.
“Really it was a normal wedding, just twisted into a bowling theme,” Burum said. While bowling continued on other lanes, Decker shut down lanes one through 10, with plenty of room for 100 guests and a stage for the wedding couple.
Guests signed bowling pins rather than a typical guest book, and Burum intends to lacquer the pins to preserve the memories. He also thought it would be fun to let the guests take pictures with a bowling ball.
“It seems kind of silly after we spent so much money on shoes for the wedding,” Burum mused about whether or not to wear bowling shoes during the ceremony.
If they had, Decker said later, Josh might not have slipped and twisted an ankle.
After the ceremony, guests ambled over to the lounge for food, drinks and karaoke, a hallmark of the Double Decker lounge.
Josh and Sara both belong to bowling leagues at Double Decker and have made quite the collection of friends and cohorts over the years. Knowing his friends, Burum said he made sure there was enough food to feed 150 people.
“All of our bowling friends will probably be crashing the wedding,” he said.