Couples often receive bear hugs from friends and family members on the day they say “I do,” but only actress Missi Pyle and naturalist Casey Anderson can say that they were offered felicitations from an actual bear. Thanks to best man Brutus– an 800-pound grizzly who was raised from birth by the groom– the bride (who has starred in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) took a walk on the “wild” side when she walked down the aisle.
The pair’s nature-inspired nuptials took place on August 30, 2008 on the verdant grounds of Holland Lake Lodge in Swan Valley, Montana. According to InStyle Weddings, which covered the happy occasion, 85 guests (including Saw star Shawnee Smith and 90210 cast member Christina Moore, who stepped into the role of maid of honor) looked on as the bride, dressed in a Cocoe Voci creation, exchanged vows with the bear expert.
To celebrate a love in full bloom (which began on the set of the movie Pretty Ugly People, in which Missi Pyle and Brutus the bear co-starred), the newlyweds sampled slices of a flower-accented three-tier cake concocted of lemon chardonnay and buttercream by Pearl Cafe & Bakery during the reception.
Wildlife naturalist Casey Anderson and his pawed pal Brutus offer an intimate glimpse into life among Yellowstone’s population of 600 grizzlies in Expedition Grizzly, a documentary one year in the making which will air on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.