‘American Chopper‘s Paul Teutul Jr. invited his father, Paul Sr., to his wedding, but Senior didn’t show up – a sign that the ongoing feud between these contentious motorcycle mavens is far from over.
Junior, 35, married his long-time love, Rachael Biester, last Friday on Bonnet Island, N.J., a small island in Manahawkin Bay just west of Long Beach Island.
Last month, the couple were seen picking out her wedding dress at Kleinfeld’s in Manhattan on the TLC show ‘Say Yes to the Dress.’ Junior’s own show, ‘American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior,’ also airs on TLC (Thursdays at 9/8c).
A wedding announcement from TLC included a number of details such as a description of the table centerpieces (“crystal trumpet vases filled with willow branches and Hawaiian dendrobium orchids and roses”) and wedding cake (“six-tier pink velvet… with lemon buttercream [and] hand-made sugar flowers matching the floral décor”).
A bevy of gorgeous wedding photos can be found on the TLC site, courtesy of photographer David Salomone/The Studio Photographers.
The romantic wedding by the bay even included such theatrical touches as the timed release of butterflies at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony as a chamber group played “Here Comes the Sun.” And Junior, who has become wealthy from his family’s long-running ‘American Chopper’ series and the renown he has earned from the show for his motorcycle designs, presented his bride with an expensive gift: A Mercedes station wagon.
But Paul Sr. was not in attendance, TLC reported. And even though Senior and Junior have this TV show where their feud is front and center, Paul’s absence from his son’s wedding indicates that their feud must be real, and not just a put-up job for TV. As it happens, ‘American Chopper’ camera crews were not at the wedding either, so footage of the event will not be included in any future episodes of ‘AC,’ TLC said.
The battles waged by father and son over the years have long been a staple of ‘American Chopper.’ Paul Sr. eventually fired Junior, and Junior later returned to the family motorcycle business, only to quit soon after to start his own firm nearby. Paul Sr. even reportedly sued his son over a disagreement involving $1 million in stock options.
Now, as competitors in the business of designing and building custom motorcycles, who happen to be doing business in the same upstate New York neighborhood, their feud seems to be hotter than ever.