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Sep 19, 2009

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  • Last updated on June 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm
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My wedding colors were chocolate brown, sage green, ivory, and fuschia. The brown looks black in some of the photos, but it wasn't.

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Pearl and crystal headband from David's Bridal. It's for sale!!

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Crystal earrings                                                                 DIY brooch bracelet

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Chinese Laundry "Jemmy" -- $35!! They look red but were fuschia.    Diamond white fingertip length veil. It's for sale, too!

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White satin purse. I used this one for my wedding. Chain detaches. For sale.           Ivory silk purse. Chain detaches. Also for sale.
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Wearing the white satin purse

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I bought a silk/cashmere pashmina but didn't need it and it stayed in the hotel room. For sale!

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My bouquet, which I loved.                                       My sister's (MOH) bouquet. The flowers were fuschia, not purple!

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Semi-DIY programs. It was a kit from Michael's.                                   Silk flower pomanders to decorate the chapel steps

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Chapel steps with pomanders                          Silk flower arrangements for the chapel candelabras

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Silk flower pew decorations

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Reception guest table                                                                               Table "number" and centerpiece

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Favors: coffee scoops and gourmet coffee. The tag says "A perfect blend."

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Menu cards                                                                Favors, napkins, menus inside, and photo-sharing card on top

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                                                                                        Table "number" cards

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Escort card table. I DIY'd the silk flower arrangements.                      Card box                                          DIY escort card

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We did a computer slideshow at the reception. The pomanders that decorated the chapel steps were brought to the reception and decorated the sweetheart table, the computer slideshow table, and the escort card table (6 pomanders in all).

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Cake stand and cake. The cake was chocolate, with raspberry and whipped cream filling, with buttercream frosting and fresh orchids placed by our florist. The cake was soooooooo good!
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We used fresh orchids for our cake topper

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Sweetheart table. My bouquet went into the vase in the middle.

 

 

 

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  • Last updated on June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm
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Our reception was held on the West Terrace Patio at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley. The hotel is a registered  historic landmark.

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  • Last updated on June 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm
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The ceremony was held at the Yosemite Valley Chapel. Of the structures in public use in Yosemite National Park, the Chapel is the oldest. This little New England-style church held its first service on June 7, 1879. In 1887, on the death of President Grant, a memorial service was held in the Chapel. The organist for the day was Sir Arthur Sullivan, famed composer and collaborator with Sir William Gilbert in the famous Gilbert and Sullivan light operas. Sir Arthur was visiting in the Valley at the time and was asked to assist in the service. The Yosemite Valley Chapel was given Historic American building status by the National Park Service in 1965. Following this, its interior was restored and a new foundation was placed under it. This little Chapel continues to serve as a place of worship for residents and visitors alike, as it has done for more than 100 years.

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Here is our ceremony, which we wrote ourselves.

Officiant:
We are gathered here in this beautiful place as family and friends to celebrate the joining of Beth and Keith in marriage. We are here to rejoice in their making this important and lasting commitment. Beth and Keith have asked all of you to be with them today because each of you has given something of yourself into their lives. They wanted to invite you here to experience a place that has special meaning to them and has nurtured their love for each other. They welcome you here and thank you for sharing this important day with them.

If you ask most couples who have a strong and abiding love what they like most about their partners, usually they will say that they don’t have to pretend to be anything other than who they are.

They are able to express themselves without fear of being judged or rejected. They do not abandon themselves or shed their individuality; They are free to be known and loved without condition.

Beth and Keith, it is our hope that you will keep your love alive;
That you will grow and change and maintain the capacity for wonder, for humor;
That you will remain patient, warm and sensitive.

It is our hope that you will give fully to one another;
That you will nurture each other,
And in learning to love each other more deeply,
Your lives will be far richer than had you chosen separate journeys through this world.

Beth and Keith, do you find within you a love that has fused your lives together?

Beth and Keith:
We do.

Officiant:
Do you find within your love the courage to meet the challenges that may confront your relationship?

Beth and Keith:
We do.

Officiant:
Do you then affirm your devotion to each other, and your willingness to love one another into unique fullness, taking the risks and assuming the vulnerability of love again and again?

Beth and Keith:
“We do.”

Officiant
As families and friends,  you form the community of support that surrounds Beth and Keith.

Each of you, by your presence here today, is being called upon to uphold them in honoring and loving each other. Always stand beside them, never between them. Offer them your love and support, not your judgment. Encourage them with kindness and loving hearts, and honor this marriage into which they have come to be joined today.

I invite all of us, as family and friends, to pledge our support to Beth and Keith by joining together and saying “We bless your marriage with our love.”

Congregation:
“We bless your marriage with our love.”

First Reading

Officiant
I now invite Keith’s brother Brian to do the first reading, from I Corinthians 13: 4-9

Brian
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Second Reading

Officiant
And I now invite Keith’s sister Briana to do the second reading, “To Love is Not to Possess,” by poet and author James Kavanaugh.

Briana
To love is not to possess, to own or imprison,
Nor to lose one’s self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom that lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able to be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence.
It is to be perfectly one’s self,

And perfectly joined in permanent commitment to another -- and to one’s inner self.
Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide in the moon’s own predictable harmony.
Because finally, despite a child’s scars
Or an adult’s deepest wounds,
They are openly free to be who they really are--and always secretly were,
In the very core of their being,
Where true and lasting love can alone abide.

 Pam sings “From This Moment On,” accompanied by pianist.

 Officiant:
Beth and Keith, your marriage will, no doubt, be filled with surprises. Some you will welcome, while others will test the strength and flexibility of your bond. Your life together will present many opportunities to refine and deepen your love.

Remember that your relationship is alive and ever-changing. Nourish it with tender loving care. Be generous in expressing your love. Be flexible and forgiving with each other.

Share the gifts of your friendship, humor, vulnerability, sensitivity and kindness. Be sure to find ways each day to protect, affirm and support each other, and to treasure the balance and shared values that you have found with each other.

Celebrate your love; celebrate each other. Cherish your love; cherish each other...every day for the rest of your lives.

Vows:
I (Beth/Keith), choose you, (Beth/Keith)
In the presence of our families and friends

To be my (husband/wife) and partner
From this time forward.

To love you,
To be a comfort and safe haven in your life,

To share with you all of life’s blessings, joys and sorrows.
I will encourage and support you,

I will respect our differences
And do my part to work through all our challenges.

I promise to be faithful and at your side
Each and every day
Now and forever.

Officiant:
The vows that Beth and Keith have exchanged so tenderly and meaningfully are now to be sealed and symbolized by the giving and receiving of rings. These rings are symbols of the love that joins you, spirit to spirit. Each is a circle, whole, unbroken. Your rings mark the beginning of a journey that will be filled with wonder and surprises, laughter and tears, grief and joy, and with your love.

Ring Exchange:
With this ring, I give you my promise to honor you, to be faithful to you and to share my love and my life with you in all ways, always.

Wedding Prayer

Officiant
Heavenly Father, we pray that you bless this couple with a love to last forever. May your love be above them to overshadow them, beneath to uphold them, before them to guide them, behind them to protect them, close beside them and within them to make them able for all things, and to reward their faithfulness with the joy and peace which the world cannot give or take away. And do grant to us all, we pray, a heightened sense of the joy of life because we share this moment with them. In your loving spirit. Amen.

Officiant
Beth and Keith, you have declared your intention and vows before this gathering of your families and friends. May the grace of this day carry forward with you all the days of your lives. May you find delight in each other, and may your love continue to grow and to nurture you throughout your lives.

And now, ministering in the name of God, with a great sense of personal joy, and with the warmth and love of all our hearts, it is my privilege to pronounce you husband and wife.

You may share your first kiss as husband and wife.

 Family and friends, it is my delight and honor to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Keith and Beth ----.

  • Last updated on June 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm
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Thanks to PW's own Caribear, who did our e-pics! We took them at the Griffith Observatory in L.A., site of our first date.

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We met in the fall of 2003, on a Thanksgiving backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon. Keith was instantly smitten, but I just wanted to be friends. For the next three years we were friends, leading several group backpacking trips together. It wasn't until Keith invited me to his vacation house near Yosemite just after Christmas 2006 that things began to change.

Our first official date was to the newly renovated Griffith Observatory in January 2007. I tried to hide the fact that I wasn’t yet over a bad cold, hoping Keith would kiss me. Keith said later it was obvious that I was sick, but he kissed me anyway. And came down with one of the worst cases of brochitis ever.

He eventually recovered from that sacrifice, and our romance grew stronger over the next year. Keith re-introduced me to cross-country skiing, and I introduced him to sea kayaking. And we enjoyed many trips to Yosemite Valley, where we hiked, rode bikes and shared our love of the outdoors.

The weekend before my birthday in March of 2008 we were on a ski trip to Mammoth Mountain. As we snuggled in our room after dinner, Keith proposed. But because we wanted to be absolutely sure of our decision, we waited to say anything to our family and friends until May.

We were married in beautiful Yosemite Valley in September 2009, surrounded by our closest friends and family.