An Indian Love Story Becomes An Unforgettable High Plains Wedding
updated 07/15/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/15/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
"When I met Mel last December 15th," says green-eyed blonde Bailey, 37, "I knew within 20 minutes that I wanted to marry him. It took him longer—'til the end of the day."
Pervais proposed January 18, but it was Bailey's idea to put on a traditional Indian wedding. The second ceremony, in accord with Pervais' Ojibwa heritage, took place at sundown the day after the hogan wedding on the night of a new moon, because, says Pervais, "as the moon grows, so does your love." The wedding was a return to his roots for Pervais, 45, whose father had pushed him out into the non-Indian world at an early age. "It was the most traumatic thing he ever did," he says, "but it was the best thing he ever did for me." A self-taught engineer and a strong proponent of free enterprise for Indians, Pervais recently sold his high-tech engineering company, Cataracts, Inc., for $20 million. Father and son exchanged a lot of smiles during the feasting, but no one appeared happier than the bride, who has been enamored of American Indians and their lore since her childhood in New Zealand. "When they were married in the hogan by the medicine man," says Lynda's mother, Betty Hart, "the expression on her little face was one of pure self-fulfillment."