Lawrence won’t approve cemetery as wedding venue

An engaged Lawrence couple who wanted to use a city cemetery as their wedding venue had their request shot down by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department this week.

Marrying in a place that’s the end for many was supposed to be a “nice, memorable” beginning for Abbie Stutzer and her fiance, she said.

Stutzer envisioned a Halloween evening wedding in Oak Hill Cemetery this year, away from gravestones but surrounded by the cemetery’s fall foliage. But the request “ruffled a few feathers” at City Hall, she said via email.

Mark Hecker, assistant director of Parks and Rec, said simply that it “wasn’t a good idea.”

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