Wedding crashers behind viral $1 gift come forward

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Aug. 16, 2017 at 9:47 AM
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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The New Jersey wedding crashers whose $1 gift went viral thanks to the bride's Facebook post have come forward and explained they were on their first date.

Karen Tufo took to Facebook last week to detail the saga of a mystery couple who attended her wedding to husband Mike and left them a card apologizing for crashing the wedding along with a $1 gift described as a "buck for luck."

The mystery couple have now identified themselves and shared the story of their date.

Carly Wolfson said she contacted Tufo on Facebook Messenger after the story went viral.

"I messaged her on Facebook apologizing. I was like, 'I'm so sorry," Wolfson told WCBS-TV. "She was like, don't be sorry. Best gift ever."

Wolfson said she was on her first date with Ritchie Barry, and the evening became something of a romantic game of "chicken."

"I didn't think he was going to go through with it. I was just like, 'I'm picking you up at this time, what's your address? Get ready!'" Wolfson said. "And he came out all dressed up. So I was like, alright I guess we're doing this."

Wolfson said the couple came up with a phony backstory, including a fake engagement ring, and attempted to blend in at the wedding.

"I walked in and was like, 'Oh, there's no seat for us at our table.' So they put a seat down for us at the best man's table," Wolfson said. "I was like, 'OK, what would I do at a wedding? How do I fit in?' So I pulled up everyone to come dancing."

Wolfson said the "buck for luck" gift was a family tradition.

"We do a buck for luck for birthday or whatever and in case they remembered us I put a Polaroid picture in there," Wolfson said.

Tufo said she is hoping Wolfson and Barry's relationship goes well, so she can eventually crash their wedding.

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