The Wedding of Julia and David
A chronicle of our wedding
Saturday, September 6, 2008: Proposal
6,000 feet over Lake Charles, Louisiana.
While flying over Lake Charles Louisiana (at 6,000 feet)
I asked Julia to marry me. In her surprise she pushed the microphone away from her
mouth so I could not hear her reply.
But I could see she was happy by the tears
of joy flowing down her cheeks and her frantic gesticulations. Eventually she
pushed the wayward microphone back to her mouth and accepted my proposal. I am
not sure what I would have done if she had not accepted; but then we were at
6,000 feet above the ground.
Saturday, February 21, 2009: David's Bachelor Party
Zipping in gocarts.
friend (and best man) Alex organized my bachelor party. I instructed Alex not to
have dancing girls popping out of cakes. So instead he invited a few of my close
friends and we all went go-cart racing.
It was fun and rather hard work racing
these little carts around and around the indoor track.
We had a warm up run
followed by a qualifying run before we began the race. I am sad to say that I
lost control of my cart in the last lap and fell from second place to almost
last. Alex won the race. This was as it should be, as Alex had been practicing
for three weeks before. It sure was good to see everyone and fun racing
together. The event was followed by dinner at a Brazilian restaurant where much
meat was consumed. Even though
Julia finds it hard to believe, no girls popped out of any cakes.
organizing this Alex.
Saturday, March 7, 2009: Julia's Bachelorette Party
A very happy Bachelorette.
good friend Stephanie organized her bachelorette
party at a San Francisco tea room. Many of Julia's close friends attended and
numerous scones and gallons of tea were consumed.
Much to Julia's pleasure Julia's mum
was there too. Julia assured me that there was no "thunder from down-under" in
attendance, but I am not sure I believe her.
Wednesday, February 18 to Monday, March 23, 2009: Visiting Friends and Family
weeks leading up to our wedding we had many overseas guests stay with us. Julia
and I were so happy to have our friends and family reside with us during this
The ski team.
and my brother Lawrence arrived from Australia and we all went skiing in South
Andy surprised us all with his return to skis from years of
snowboarding. And Lawrence stunned us with his recovery from a damaged knee ACL. He had hurt it almost exactly one year earlier while we were
all skiing together in Japan.
Julia's good friend Audrey arrived from England and we spent many happy hours
going over our book with her, trying hard to benefit from her vast writing
After many conversations together and much consumption of wine I
feel that Audrey is now my good friend also. We were never able to solve the
world's problems but we came close I think.
Audrey gave me a mantra to recite while writing: "What you leave out is just as
important as what you put in". I will try to always keep this in mind Audrey,
Lovely Mary and handsome David.
mum Mary and her husband David arrived from England.
We ate, drank, and were
always very merry. This we fitted in between the numerous beautiful hikes we
made together on many wonderful Bay Area trails. David even took a flight with
me in 51-Juliet.
The Rev's Video
Sylvia and her happy dad.
Then Julia's brother Charles arrived.
We were very appreciative of his visit as his wife had
just given birth to their second child Sylvia days before his arrival;
thank you Lenka for allowing Charles to leave the family at such a precious
time. And thank youCharles for spending your time with us.
The zonked Australians.
Then my brother John and Di arrived from Australia.
They had a bumpy 20 plus hour flight
in very rough air, so they were a bit worse for wear when they finally arrived.
Thanks John and Di for making the long journey from Australia and back.
The proud father.
They were followed in quick
succession by Julia's dad John and his wife Jean from England.
glasses of wine and vast quantities of food all six of us grew closer together.
John and Di were most understanding of our need to go hiking and accommodated it
by going shopping as we four hiked a trail around Mt. Diablo . The two Johns
and Di allowed me to fly them to Monterey where we had a brilliant lunch and
enjoyed the sea otters at the aquarium.
Thank you all for spending time with Julia and me before our wedding and sharing the
experience with us.
Monday, March 9, 2009: Wedding Rehearsal
The wedding gang.
We had the
Offciant (David), the bride (Julia), the groom (me), the best man (Alex), the
bridesmaid (Maeve), the flower girl (Claire), the best boy (Nate), the flower
girl wrangler (Holly), and the best boy wrangler (Stephanie) over for lunch.
Then we headed for Chabot for our first and only rehearsal. Julia and I had
designed the wedding on paper and it was to be an audio visual extravaganza. But we
discovered during the rehearsal
that the plan needed much modification.
Thank you to everyone for helping us with this.
Saturday, March 14, 2009: Pre-Wedding Bash
The happy couple.
Julia and I
wanted a small wedding and so we were not able to invite all of our friends and
Also, several of our friends had flown in from all over the world,
and the country, so we wanted to make sure we could see them all before the
wedding. This was the inspiration for the pre-wedding bash which we held in a
San Francisco hotel bar. Many of our friends and family were able to attend and
share some time and alcohol with us.
Thank you all for attending.
Sunday, March 15, 2009: The wedding
The mad hatter.
planned for months, rehearsed for hours, and fine tuned everything we could
think of. This included what wine people would like to drink, to how guests
without cars might get to and from the event. And here we were at the big day.
spent the night before at Maeve's house, her best friend, and bridesmaid. So
Julia and I spent the day apart.
The lovely bride and her groom.
Julia and Maeve headed to the beauty salon
while I delivered the wine to the caterer. Then Julia and Maeve arrived at
Chabot at 5:00pm. In the meantime Alex arrived at my home and we dressed in our
tuxedoes. I arrived at the event just before 6:00pm and found everything going
to plan. Alex and I greeted our guests as they arrived and shared a glass, or
two, of wine. At 6:20pm we left the rotunda for the planetarium where we
positioned ourselves on the stage. The Officiant instructed our guests to take
their seats in the planetarium. They entered to the soothing sounds of Mozart.
Officiant began the ceremony. In a short time the music faded to silence, the
top door opened, and the flower girl (dressed in a pretty black dress) and best boy
(dressed in a mini version of our tuxedoes) appeared. The next musical section
(Julia by the Beatles) began to play. Then the bridesmaid entered in her chic
black gown, looking very elegant and striking. The bride followed shortly after
and stunned everyone with her champagne colored gown and her radiant beauty.
When the bridal party reached the stage many an eye was moist and my heart was
full of joy.
Looking toward the stars.
planetarium dome went from day to night Symphony No. 3 by Mahler slowly replaced
the Beatles" ode. Under the night sky the ceremony began and vows were
exchanged. At the moment of declaration by the Offciant (that we were married)
two galaxies approached, collided, and finally merged into one. Shouts of joy
rang out and everyone applauded.
party left the stage under the dome now filled with a moving star field. Soon
the night sky transitioned into day and our guests left the planetarium to be
greeted by the newlyweds and our wedding party. After drinks, food, speeches,
and photographs our guests left the rotunda for the telescopes. No star gazing
was possible due to an over cast sky. But Chabot astronomers presented the
wondrous optical instruments and everyone left filled with renewed knowledge of
Julia and I
would like to thank everyone who helped us make our wedding so wonderful. And
Julia and I would like to thank everyone who attended in person; and those who
attended in sprit.