VANCOUVER, Canada, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - No, the bride and groom will not be
saying their vows "au naturale." Although Bif Naked's fans will be expecting
Canada's most recognizable rocker to plan an edgy, off-the-wall wedding, the
Bodog Music recording artist has opted for a traditional church wedding. On
September 29, 2007, Bif Naked (Beth Hopkins) will marry Ian Walker, a star
sports writer for the Vancouver Sun. The wedding will be held at an
undisclosed location in their hometown of Vancouver.
The decision to have a traditional church wedding was made by the couple
to honour their parents, who have strong religious backgrounds. (Naked's
parents are missionaries, and Walker's parents are ministers.)
With only 120 invited guests, the reception will be an elegant Indian-
inspired affair, complete with Bollywood dancers and other surprises. Naked,
who was born in New Delhi, India to boarding school teenagers, was adopted and
brought back to the U.S., eventually relocating to Canada.
"It was important for us to honour our parents with a church ceremony and
just as important for me to honour the country of my birth," Naked said.
The veteran rocker has released six albums and is best known for her hit
singles, I Love Myself Today, Spaceman, Lucky, Daddy's Getting Married, and
her most recent radio hit, Let Down from her 2005 album,
"Superbeautifulmonster." Naked has recently hosted the highly-successful Bodog
Fight TV series, which is airing on major networks across the globe, including
ION Television in the U.S. and the Fight Network in Canada. Naked is also a
featured judge, alongside the legendary Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and
Billy Duffy of The Cult on Bodog Battle, the international $1 million dollar
band search competition, which airs weekly on fuse TV. MTV Canada also
recently filmed Bif's home for an upcoming episode of MTV Cribs.
Walker, who has worked for the Vancouver Sun for the past seven years, is
best known for his weekly Adrenalin column, which brings "the extreme to the
mainstream" through his ongoing hijinx. Readers are treated to stories about
trying out for the B.C. Lions and Vancouver Canadians (farm team for the
Oakland Athletics), skydiving, wakeboarding and even rapelling from a 40-story
building for charity (dressed as the Incredible Hulk). Ian is also a surfer,
bodybuilder, race car driver and mix martial arts enthusiast.
The happy couple originally met at their local gym, though it wasn't
until December 2006, at Bodog Fight's Vancouver pay-per-view event that the
two really connected. Naked, who was emcee for the event, noticed Walker in
the press pit, covering Bodog Fight for the Vancouver Sun.
"He kept smiling at me, so I finally went over during a filming break and
gave him a piece of candy," Naked said. "Later, he asked me to accompany him
to the after party and I turned him down. I got to give Ian credit, though; he
never gave up, he asked me out countless times, and I kept turning him down.
My excuses were so bizarre that he thought I was crazy. Once I told him I
couldn't go out with him because I was attending a "lesbian convention in
Seattle" (which was actually a Women's Rights Conference that Naked attended),
and another time I told him I couldn't go out with him because I was going to
Russia (which again was true, as Naked was traveling to Moscow to shoot an
episode of Bodog Fight). Finally I gave in, and I'm glad I did. Walker is the
best thing that has ever happened to me."
A short five months later, Walker proposed to Naked at an intimate dinner
surrounded by close friends, but not before going to her long time manager,
Peter Karroll, asking him for Bif's hand in marriage. At the dinner, Bif
received the best dessert ever: a blue Tiffany's box on a silver platter.
"Walker got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. After the shock
wore off, I accepted his proposal!" Naked said.
Prior to dating Naked, Walker, who is a hip hop/urban music fan, had
never heard her music, and to this date has never seen her in concert,
something he is looking forward to in the future after his bride-to-be
releases her new album through Bodog Music in 2008.
"We are two people who couldn't be more different, but two of the
happiest you will ever meet," Naked said.
About Bodog Music
BodogMusic.com is a division of the international digital entertainment
giant Bodog Entertainment. With offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Europe,
this record label features a diverse and growing roster of talented musicians,
including: The Vincent Black Shadow, Neurosonic, Wu-Tang Clan, Overkill,
Nazanin, Bif Naked, Bishop Brigante, Billy Idol, Warren G, Soma City Ward, and
The Heck. Bodog Music also distributes the Warcon Record Label and several
acclaimed global movie soundtracks in Europe, including the Academy Award-
winning film Little Miss Sunshine, Nacho Libre and Saw III. For the second
year in a row, Bodog Music is looking to award $1 million recording and
marketing contracts to the top unsigned bands in the world! With two new
competitions -- one held in North America and one held in Europe -- "Bodog
Battle" will air on major television networks across the globe and online at
Bodog.TV. Bodog Music Founder Calvin Ayre, who is recognized as a world
authority on branding in the digital entertainment industry, was featured on
the cover of Forbes magazine's best-selling "Billionaires" issue in March
2006. For more information, contact email@example.com. BODOG is a
registered trademark of Bodog Entertainment Group.
For further information:
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