“Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” was just one of the songs sung by Jim Nabors in May of 1988 at the wedding of his close personal friends Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson. People Magazine described the nuptials, which included only 65 invited guests and took place at Burt’s 160-acre horse ranch in Jupiter, Florida, thusly:
The reception turned out to be one of Reynolds’ most successful productions in years. The ranch’s 72 foot by 80 foot helicopter hangar was emptied of aircraft and festooned with nearly 100 trees and plants—ficus, ferns and eucalyptus. Each of 12 tables had centerpieces of white dogwood, lilacs and tulips. Gardenia bushes were clustered by the champagne tables, and the three-tiered, heart-shaped wedding cake—yellow layers, white frosting—had a specially constructed gazebo all to itself. Burt requested a repast along “country buffet” lines. Translation: coconut shrimp; baby beef Wellington; Belgian endive with caviar; a seafood bar with raw oysters, crab claws, shrimp and clams; Brie baked in pastry served with kiwi; salmon mousse cake; ham served with mango chutney; corn muffins and biscuits; vegetables; and fresh strawberries with chocolate fondue for dessert.
After the newlyweds arrived at the hangar in a motorized stagecoach, guests went searching for hankies as Burt toasted his bride. “I’m a very lucky man,” he beamed. “I’m surrounded by love and dear friends, and I married my best friend today.” Loni didn’t miss a beat. “I feel like Cinderella,” she returned. “I married Prince Charming.”
That motorized stagecoach, based on an International Harvester Scout, is still in good running condition, according to an ebay listing that describes it as a
Custom Built Stage coach on an international scout frame. Only 3 of these were built on International Scout frames.It has a 345 v8 engine and is 4wd.This vehicle was once owned by Burt Reynolds and was used for Burt and Loni’s wedding. It has been a lot of fun owning this vehicle what an eye catcher. Its always requested in all parades and would be a great limousine it can seat up to 10 people . This vehicle can be driven long distance. It is street legal. It will be hard to see this go but life changes.
Burt and Loni got divorced in 1993, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun re-enacting that amazing day in 1988. Or turning this stagecoach into your personal getabout, it would look great cruising down Sunset or Whittier… The opening bid is $55,000, and the sellers appear to be just outside Los Angeles.