The Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota will be hosting its first wedding ever, pronouncing the couple Mr. and Mrs. I Love Spam.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Mark Benson lives in England, and he loves canned meat so much he changed his name to Mark I Love Spam Benson two years ago.
And this year, he'll be further professing his love for Spam – and his fiancé Anne Mousley – before a Spam-inister (a Spam minister, duh) at the Spam Museum.
Hold up – why does this guy love Spam so much?
So you're not hung up on the fact that this guy actually changed his name to I Love Spam, we'll explain everything quick.
Mark tells GoMN his love for the canned meat started when he found World War II letters from his grandfather about how he swapped rations with U.S. allies and discovered this new product: Spam.
Then Mark learned his grandfather went on to work at a Spam production facility in the Liverpool area. The facility has since been demolished and replaced with a supermarket. Now Mark and his family go there every week to load up on the canned product.
The couple and their kids eat it several times a week, and they get creative with recipes: Spam pizza, curries, etc.
Okay, now about that wedding
Anne – well aware of her finance's love for Spam – decided to take things a step further and set up a wedding at the Spam museum in Minnesota. Museum workers say Anne made the call in the fall and explained that they've never visited before.
According to Spam Museum Manager Savile Lord, they've had requests to do weddings at the museum before but never ok'd any of them.
This time was obviously very different.
Mark “lives and breathes Spam,” museum workers tell GoMN. So it really only makes sense that he get married there.
It wasn't until a few weeks ago that Mark found out about the wedding. You can watch the big reveal here.
"It's been crazy ever since with all the press and TV interest," Mark says. "We just can't wait to fly out there."
The date's been set: April 25. And the museum is working to make sure the wedding is absolutely Spam-tastic.
There's going to be a Spam bouquet. Don't worry, it sounds like it's going to be made out of Spam labels – not the actual product. There will also be various Spam treats at a reception afterwards.
Oh, and the international Spam brand manager will be officiating the wedding – which will be open to the public.
After the wedding, Hormel is sending the couple to Hawaii for the Waikiki Spam Jam festival, which Mark says he's psyched about. Not only because of the festival, but also because of Hawaii's "links with my grandad and Pearl Harbor," and the fact that Spam is super popular there.
For information about visiting the Spam museum in Minnesota – it's free – click here.