The wedding

Trip Start Mar 14, 2007
Trip End Apr 10, 2007

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"Wake up for a very special day."
I still remember vividly how Nancy woke me with those words the day Kirsten was born. It doesn't seem that long ago.
So watching her walk down the aisle at her wedding was...a bit unreal.

After a couple of days visiting friends and pubs (and friends in pubs), the big day dawned sunny and cold. Then it snowed. Then it became sunny again. Then it snowed again. The weather continued to rock back and forth like that the rest of the day, sometimes within the same five-minute period. But it was all good.

We all met up at the gardens surrounding the Yorkshire Museum (where, incidentally, Kirsten was involved in putting together an exhibit of a newly discovered Viking gold arm band in her work as a University of York grad student in heritage management). Photos were taken by the professional photographer and family members in the alternating weather. Then we all trooped over to the city registry office for the official ceremony. Reaching the office and shaking snow from her dress, Kirsten announced "Best wedding EVAH!" She had said she wanted either sun or snow for her wedding day, and she got both.
It was not a traditional wedding, but it was very much Kirsten and Andy's wedding. Braden read "The Tale of Tinuviel" from "Lord of the Rings." The ceremony was brief, but the words that Andy and Kirsten spoke to each other were heartfelt.
And then it was over, and we had a son-in-law who we love dearly.
On with the reception/party! Guests made their way to the 1331 pub on Grape Lane, where they partook of Pimm's Cup and were given a mix CD of Kirsten and Andy's songs, including their favorite, "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love" by the Portland, Oregon band Pink Martini. It was a casual, friendly reception. I made a very brief toast, instead of the traditional speech by the father-of-the-bride. Kirsten took Polaroid photos for a non-traditional guest book. She and Andy danced a tango to Pink Martini. One of the pub employees, it turned out, was a student at York and living just down the hall when Kirsten and Andy met while Kirsten was in a study-abroad program her junior year. Kismet, or something like that.

As we made our way through the ancient cobblestone streets of York later, Kirsten's dear friend Haydon said wistfully "I just can't stop grinning like a Cheshire cat." This was a wedding that seemed natural, something that seemed to happily flow from what had gone before, he said.

Note: There is a web site with a compilation of wedding photos, but I've posted a few here to provide a more complete story for this entry. Kirsten's photo web site is at:
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