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Thursday, August 16, 2012


I think the feeling that surprised us the most was the sense of calm which followed our vows. As you might remember, I have debated the necessity of marriage quite a bit in the past. And still, I do not believe everyone needs a ceremony of public commitment to feel bound by love. But I cannot deny the transformation of thought that took place for me, personally, when we said, "I do". It was as if we took each other's hand and stepped in, out of the storm.

For this reason alone; to experience this belonging; to publicly choose and be chosen; I question how anyone could deny another the basic civil right of marriage.

Our wedding was perfect for us. Very intimate, just family.

We knew we wanted to dress up in honor of such a significant event, but neither of us could really buy into the whole church/tux/white dress thing. I mean white? Really? Four (4!) kids. We just wanted honest. He picked his snazzy gray suite and I chose an orange dress (and a significant amount of flair).

I added some puff and bling to my shoes and created a birdcage veil out of a black vintage pillbox hat. I bought the hat at a thrift store in Santa Cruz when I was 17. My mother made my teal bolero and the glass and pearl necklace belonged to my grandmother, Thelma Hughes...
And, of course, it had to be by the ocean...
We chose to say our vows, with our loved ones gathered around us, on a scenic platform overlooking Moonstone beach.
We even had our mothers officiate the ceremony
Our precious mothers
Everyone collected small jars of rocks from moonstone beach prior to the wedding. During our ceremony, each person poured a portion of their rocks into our jar while sharing their thoughts on love.
Now we have a jar of colorful moonstone beach pebbles found on the day we got married.

We celebrated with a fabulous dinner at Robin's restaurant in Cambria.

It was colorful and beautiful and surrounded by a garden. Klee's mom, Julie, created all our flower arrangements for the tables.

My kids looked so great!
Elliott loved all the flowers
Klee picked out our pretty teal cake...
...complete with an orange sugared dahlia topper.
It was a wonderful day.

One which I love to replay in my memory... over and over.


  1. Love it! Looks like a glorious day for all of you!!

  2. Love may not conquer all, but it comes pretty damn close. Good to read this post and take in all the splendor of the photos. I can feel the love all the way over here....


  3. What a sweet reflection on such a sacred day. Thanks for sharing my friend.

  4. Just gorgeous. So happy for you two! May your future be as AWESOME and BEAUTIFUL as that sugared dahlia, which is hands down the best cake topper in the history of cake toppers. Fara would have loved that! Sending lots of love xxcousin heather


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