Labelle - Parsons

November 15, 2009

Renee Lynn LaBelle and Robert Ralph Parsons were married Saturday evening at Keswick Hall in Keswick, Virginia. Minister Brian Purcell officiated. The bride, 42, is the Event Manager at Go Daddy, an Internet domain and Web hosting company. Prior to joining Go Daddy, Mrs. Parsons had a long and successful career in Hotel Management and Sales, in Mich., Chicago, and most recently, Scottsdale, Ariz. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Parsons is the daughter of Bart LaBelle of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Walloon Lake, Mich. and Marilyn Sassaman of Kalamazoo, Mich. Bart LaBelle owns LaBelle Management, a restaurant and hospitality company, based in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Mr. Parsons, 58, is Go Daddy CEO & Founder. Go Daddy is the world's largest domain registrar. He graduated magna cum lade with an Accounting degree from the University of Baltimore in 1975. Prior to attending college, he joined the United States Marine Corps, became a Combat Rifleman and spent two years in Vietnam. Mr. Parsons was awarded a Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and a Purple Heart for his service. Mr. Parsons is an accomplished entrepreneur, having created Parsons Technology, a multi-million dollar software company, which was sold to Intuit, and Go Daddy, a billion dollar company. Mr. Parsons was honored as Arizona's "Business Leader of the Year" in 2005. Mr. Parsons' legendary reputation as a savvy marketer is evidenced by college textbook chapters referencing his 2005 Super Bowl commercial, said to be the most effective Super Bowl ad ever, in part for its ensuing controversy, as well as his work to create this year's Most Effective Super Bowl commercial (according to TiVo). Mr. Parsons is the son of the late Ralph Parsons and Elsie Parsons of Baltimore, Maryland. His father was a businessman and volunteered to serve in the United States Navy. In May of 2007, a mutual friend felt Mr. and Mrs. Parsons would be a good fit and set them up on a blind date. True to form, Mr. Parsons arrived 10 minutes late - which could have started the date off badly. Luckily, Mrs. Parsons also has a tendency of running behind and arrived 15 minutes late. After the two had a long laugh about their habitual tardiness, they realized something special had begun. The couple traveled the world together, big game hunting in Africa, touring in Europe and visiting New York City extensively for both business and pleasure. After a few years together, Mr. Parsons proposed and Mrs. Parsons immediately said "yes." The couple planned a beautiful and traditional wedding, yet the many personal touches made the day unmistakably theirs. The world-renowned Keswick Hall played host to the 145 guests who shared their special day. Mrs. Parsons wore a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown for the ceremony, held outside before a backdrop of Virginia's autumn colors. A cigar and chocolate bar, along with a 13-piece band entertained guests into the evening, but the cakes may have stolen the spotlight. Two unique cakes created by the famed "Ace of Cakes" Food Network Chef Duff Goldman made for a sweet ending. The ten-tier wedding cake was adorned with edible framed photographs depicting the couple's story, including childhood memories, to the time they met and afterward. In keeping with southern tradition, there was a Groom's Cake, which was unlike any other in the history of weddings. The delicious, layered yellow cake was a life-size Ducati motorcycle replica, complete with a key start ignition, engine sounds, lights and exhaust pipe with smoke. Mr. Parsons is an avid motorcycle enthusiast who rides daily and has a reputation for over-the-top endeavors.

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