Most people prefer to be surrounded by friends and family when they celebrate their nuptials, including their pre-wedding festivities such as bridal showers and bachelor parties.
When a man in Phoenix was accidentally invited to a bachelor party across the country, though, he found a way to get there—even though he didn’t actually know a single person in the wedding party!
Will Novak is a husband and father from Phoenix, Arizona. He in no way knew a man named Angelo from New York when he received an email from Angelo’s friend, Devin, inviting him to Angelo’s 80s-themed bachelor party weekend skiing in Vermont.
As a self-proclaimed goofball, though, the thought of spending a weekend in funky retro gear while skiing with a bunch of strangers was too much to pass up—so instead of ignoring the email or letting them know they had the wrong guy, he sent them this hilarious response instead:
I do not know who Angelo is. I am a Will Novak who lives in Arizona. Vermont seems like a very far way for me to travel for the bachelor party of a guy I’ve never met.
That being said: [expletive] count me in! From the contents of this email, Angelo sounds tremendous and I want to help send him off in style. I hope his bride (or groom) to be, is awesome.
When the group enthusiastically agreed to let him tag along, he discussed it with his wife—and with her blessing to head off across the country, he sent out a request on GoFundMe to help him raise the cash to get the job done!
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Since I’m a bad friend and haven’t gotten @thejedrose his ski suit back yet, I took it to Flagstaff to go tubing with the family. A few people recognized it from #angelosbachelorparty and shouted out my name, which was surreal. Olivia absolutely hated the snow, cold weather and tubing. She’s a desert baby for sure. But we got a few smiles from her anyhow. #oliviarosenovak #11monthsold #flagstaff #az #arizona
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“Why I’m doing this? I want to go to Angelo’s Bachelor Party!” he wrote. “Angelo and his buddies have offered to help defer some of the costs. I’m of course willing to pay some myself. However, I have a 9 month old daughter and we recently totally re-did our house. A last minute cross country trip wasn’t exactly in the family budget.”
Within days, he had racked up well over his projected goal of $750 to help pay for the costs of the travel and lost weekend. With the extra cash in hand, he set out for the airport—and judging by the social media posts had the time of his life!
The trip was so hilarious that the internet couldn’t get enough. He even ended up getting a shout-out on Seth Myers, who called him the “Coolest guy ever”:
— Tony Cani (@tcani) January 25, 2019
All in all, it seems like the kind of spontaneous trip that everyone secretly wants to take. He may have needed some extra down time before heading back into work later that week—but hopefully, his uber-cool adventure gains him some street cred in his daughter’s eyes and gave him some memories (and new friends) to last a lifetime.