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Bif Naked Wedding and Vancouver international Film Festival GAla Parties

Sep 27, 28 and 29, 2007

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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What happens when a punk rocker, born in India, marries the sportswriter son of Salvation Army ministers? The answer - a new tattoo for two. Bif Naked, born Beth Torbert, became Mrs. Ian Walker in a traditional-with-a-twist wedding at St. Andrews Wesley church last Saturday. An exotic Bollywood style reception afterwards at Maurya restaurant on Broadway saw the bride convert her long ivory gown into a mini-skirt sensation complete with garters and bows. The room was decorated beyond belief and was truly one of the most spectacular I have ever seen. Mr. and Mrs. have also exchanged tattoos with his signature on her arm and her initial on his hip. Also, star spotters should be alert this week and next as the Vancouver International Film Festival continues with glamorous premieres and gala parties all over town. Wesley Snipes - where are you?

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Bif and her new husband Ian sign the register at St. Andrews Wesley church.
Sportswriter Ian Walker and his bride, Bif (Beth Torbert) Naked greet guests for the first time as Mr. and Mrs.
Bif Naked and new hubby Ian Walker exchanged vows, and tattoos, making it official with a reception at Maurya restaurant.
Former Miss Canada and recording artist Nazanin Afshin-Jam attends the wedding with developer James Schouw.
Maurya restaurant becomes an exotic Bollywood paradise thanks to Bif's wedding planner, Soha Lavin, who used over 1,000 real orchids.
Bodog TV's Letty Cherry and husband Andrew get ready to webcast episodes of Bif and Ian's wedding online starting Oct 8.
Crash Test Mommy's Nicole Oliver, left, and Whistler actress Holly Dignard cuddle up to veteran actor Alan Thicke, who can soon be seen in JPod, at the Italian Kitchen film party.
Radio personality Pia Shandel, left, and Women in Film and Video Vancouver's (WIFFV) Yvette Dudley-Neuman schooze at the Italian Kitchen film party.
Actor/director Charles Martin Smith, centre, of American Graffiti and Untouchables film fame, chats with Craig Turner, left, and Italian Kitchen party host Rory Richards.
Actor/writer/director Colin Cunningham and producer Madison Graie, seen here at the VIFF Opening Gala, are the brains behind the film Centigrade.
News reporter turned director Tiffany Burns, left, celebrates at the VIFF Opening Gala with Rogers VP Mike Fredrickson and actress Tantoo Cardinal, of Dances with Wolves fame.
Coloured condoms and naughty party favours will all be part of the premiere of Tracy D. Smith and Woody Jeffreys' Taming Tammy film at the VIFF.



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