Groom Holds Olympic Trials to Determine Best Man


  WISCONSIN BORN, WISCONSIN BRED, AND SOON TO BE, WISCONSIN WED.

Steven Hensler is a “MAN FOR ALL SEASONS”. He is known to be decisive, have well established boundaries, and a well defined life. BUT,  when it came time to choose a Best Man for his wedding, he was totally and un-characteristically stymied.  With the diversity of his experiences and years of friends from childhood to adulthood, and with 3 brothers and a brother-in-law to be, he had a true challenge to “just pick one.”

While he is definitely a “man’s man” he has a tender spirit when it comes to friendship. He has always valued loyalty and friendship highly and credits his friends with seeing him through the good, bad, and ugly that life can throw at you. He would say that “Friendship defines those who have your back.”  He had narrowed it to 7.

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The groom enjoys “Mudding” with a four wheeler in his Wisconsin surroundings, but he is just as comfortable in his suit and tie attire when called for in previous work  and church  experiences.  In fact as an EMT he is readying for his next big step after the wedding when he continues his pursuit to become a Paramedic.

 

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As part of a church outreach team to the homeless, Steve and the team made homemade cookies and delivered food and visits to Madison’s homeless. Steve  second from the left (2008)

 Below is the picture of Steve giving his annual “Christmas Story” to the family. He is one of the “renowned” storytellers in a family that is competitive and works to give all of the listeners their money’s worth and have them rolling in the aisles. No problem for Steve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven at Christmas 2011

 

It was a result of his struggles to narrow the nominees down to 7 candidates, that he came up with the idea to hold a weekend “OLYMPIC TRIAL” with the winner being the Best Man. As a Wisconsin “born and bred” man, Hensler was all about the outdoors and having the competition encompass water, and land  challenges. He is always safety conscious so he was able to put in place all the safety designations while holding activities in the lake and on the farm for the shooting events. There was of long list of activities to be tallied, and all 7 were competitive.

Beach Frisbee,  and “Corn Hole” games at the farm were hotly contested and the target games shooting as well.  But possibly no where as in the competition of the Skeet shooters. With 12 gauges blasting it was son # 2 who took the win on this competition.

 

Steve games for Best man

Here ya’ go. I’m winning that buckle.

Steve Corn Hole games

Not a chance, I got this.

 

At the farm following the shooting competitions, and other challenges, they ate, partied, and finally tallied the scores.

 

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The Best Man contestants (Groom to be in yellow ).

 

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The groom to be on the left with his “baby brother” discuss the ongoing games and tallies.

 

Of all the contestants, the 3 brother’s scored the highest, and the older brother won. He would say he won “handily”. There was so much fun in just the doing of the games, the camaraderie, and the sharing of old memories and teasing about all their youthful adventures.

The “Brotherhood” showed the Groom THEY HAD HIS BACK choosing the Best Man.

Unbeknownst to the groom, the 3 brothers got together and donated all of their points to his best friend from childhood. Actually he had placed Last in the points. It was a poignant moment I am certain, for the brothers to be the supportive friends they have always been to the groom. And they showed their recognition of the importance of his first childhood friendship. It also  gave a well-deserved recognition to the person who had first be-friended their brother and earned their respect. It was their way of showing he “deserved” to be Best Man by unanimous acclamation.    

Steven winner

The newly informed winner of the Best Man competition may have broken into his “Happy Dance”.

 

The oldest brother, and actual winner,  did however barter a trade for the points he gave.   In exchange he reserved the right to be in charge of the Bachelor Party, and everyone was happy with their outcome.

The groom and all associated with the “Best Man Olympic Trials” would tell you that no matter the motivation, the idea is solid. It was a time of remembering when they “played together” and bonding again as men ,while seeing their friend and brother,  into the “Rite of Passage” of marriage. No doubt there was a lot of advice shared, lies told, and laughs enjoyed. And it was a great way to become acquainted with the new brother-in-law coming into the family and him seeing the brothers in their most “natural state.”

Without a doubt, one of the best parts of winning Best Man was the Winning Trophy of the custom belt buckle:  The inscription reads (German) for Best Man ;  Hensler wedding 2016.

Steven best man buckle

And not lost in all of this, is the humor the groom and his bride have and express as they make choices about their wedding. This could not be more evident  than the choice of their wedding announcement.  Below, the pertinent information was blocked out by this author who took the opportunity to modify it and give them a little “tease”. By adding green commentary areas with her own critique, she could have a little fun at the expense of the couple. That’s what “grandmas do”. And yes, the bride really did hang him up and “bag him.”

Hannah Invite #3

Speaking of the bride, a small gallery of their pictures can be seen below.

DEFINITELY A “WOMAN FOR ALL SEASONS.”

Whether it is “mudding”, water sports, ball games, running in races together and apart, or skiing, they are up for it; together.

Hannah and steve faces

Hannah pro pic steve swim hannah

Steven and Hannah

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Hannah and steve made up faces

ON THE BEST ADVICE OF THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE OLYMPIC TRIALS FOR BEST MAN, CONSIDER THE IDEA OF AN OLYMPIC EVENT FOR YOUR WEDDING ACTIVITIES. IF NOT TO CHOOSE THE BEST MAN, IT IS A PERFECT TIME TO REUNITE FOR THAT LAST TIME OF BONDING AS A SINGLE MAN, READYING YOURSELF FOR THE NEW ROLE AS A MARRIED MAN AND FRIEND. ACTUALLY A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SUBSTITUTE FOR A BACHELOR’S PARTY WOULD WORK AS WELL.

To read about their unique engagement, go to the blog menu and click on or search: Fairy Wishes; Proof they really come true; Engaged in a Fairy Garden.

Best wishes to the Bride and Groom in their September wedding, and their life beyond.

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About joycegodwingrubbs2

Some call me retired: I am RE-FIRED. I have written 15 books, plus 3 were written as a "ghost writer". I no longer offer them as printed books having them only available as Kindle Ebooks since my retirement as a novelist. Twelve books are on Amazon.com Kindle eBooks: collectively they are known as The Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series.They are real cases fictionalized into suspense stories to protect identities..( no victim/survivor names were compromised, and workers and locations were protected.) I also co-authored a non-fiction book: Footsteps Out of Darkness: The Annabelle Kindig Story . It is available on Amazon under the name of Annabelle Kindig. I have traveled, written from the heart, and found an audience that appreciates my "platform". The catalyst to writing the novels was the realization that if I died, I would take all my amazing experiences in these real cases with me; and believe me few have lived 5 lives in one. It would "silence the voices" of the victim/survivors whose triumphs are written into these novels. The suspense series was written in part with the collaboration of police woman and sex crime expert Trula Ann Godwin. In addition to the novels, I have written as a ghost writer for a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific aboard the USS Maryland in all the major battles. I have also written a non-fiction book recording oral history stories of my family members beginning with the 1930's to present. There are sixty-six "legacy" stories with pictures. It was recently published as a private printing for family and close associates only. I am a published photo journalist having won the 2009 Editor's Choice Award for internet freelance news articles and pictures of the Cedar Rapid's Iowa flood victim accounts and their personal struggles.. My husband and I are in our 52nd year together (only one blip on the marital radar together), and we have adopted three greyhounds; Dex, Big Buddy and Baby Doll. These were the inspirations in the Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series We have eleven grandchildren, 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. My three children live in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.
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