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S: Cowan Wedding 12.11.10

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1: Cowan Wedding 12.11.10

2: ...the proposal

3: So date nights as you can imagine come few and far between, so anytime out alone without the kids is a treat to enjoy each other's company. David had mentioned that his friend that worked at a really fancy 5-star restaurant was having a family and friends night that he wanted us to come out to. Sounded great to me, we would never be able to afford a fancy place like that if we didn't get a discount of some kind. It was an amazing night, perfect weather, cool ocean breeze and we sat outside on the lanai overlooking the golf course. The hostess sat us and the waiter came to greet us, as he was doing so he began to take the other two place settings off the table. I explained to him that his friends were joining us and David looked at the server and requested that he take the settings, and said I must have been confused. I WAS confused and that WAS an understatement, but he casually explained to me that it was friends and family night and his friend was actually working in the kitchen, so that made sense so we continued on with the dinner. We got everything they made in the kitchen, our table was filled with food and it was a good thing no one else did join us, since they would have had little to no room. The food was amazing and the steak was to die for...I have grown a bit since I met David the 1st time and no longer require ketchup for a great tasting steak. David's friend popped out a couple of times to say hello but then quickly darted back to the kitchen to continue working. Dinner was complete and his friend came out one additional time to explain that he had one additional course for us which was a dessert he had prepared. As he was explaining the dessert, there was another waiter that came behind me and when I looked down at the plate he had put in front of me, I saw the little blue box and knew what was inside. David always told me that my first Tiffany piece of jewelry would be the ring he would propose to me with. I was instantly a sobbing mess with the sight of this blue box and David got down on one knee and proposed. I of course said yes, put out my hand (embarrassing I know, but I didn't even know what hand to put out, so I quickly put it on which ever hand was closest) and slipped it on my finger. (I at least knew the right finger.) Turns out all the staff at the restaurant knew what was going down and I was the only one clueless about the whole event. It was an amazing surprise, and one I will never forget.

4: The location that we had our wedding took some time to figure out...not that we couldn't decide on the place, just that we needed to come up with a creative way to rent it. As soon as we found out about the Palm Beach Shores Community Center we stopped by to take a look at it and it was love at first site. The ceremony was going to be on the beach followed by a walk up the boardwalk to the reception just footsteps away. The place and location was perfect, now to find a way to rent it without actually being a resident of the community was a little more challenging. Craigslist worked wonders in our plan and after much digging, we got in touch with a lovely lady by the name of Ginny Lynn who was willing to sponsor our wedding at that facility provided we donate the deposit to her church. It takes a bit of a strange bird to agree to the liability that goes with this agreement, but she was willing to agree to the terms, saying that she believed that God put us in touch for a reason, whatever the case was, I was extraordinarily thankful that it all worked out in the end.

5: Maid of Honor | Ring Bearer | Flower Girl | Best Man | Groomsman | Jessica Kasten | Daniel Cowan | Calissa Cowan | Brandon Dearden | Alexandra Cowan | The Wedding Party

8: P | R | O | M | I | S | E

10: David and Beth, may your love always be as constant as the never-ending waves, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea. Just as the waters touch and nourish the many shores of the earth, may your love be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Just as there will never be a morning without the ocean’s flow, there will never be a day without your love for each other. You have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings. This beautiful union is symbolized through the combining of these two individual vessels of sand. The first jar represents you David, in all that you were and the other vessel represents you, Beth, in all that you were. Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without need of anything else. However when these two are blended together they create an entirely new and extraordinarily more intricate entity. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination. | When you pour the sand into this common vessel, it symbolized the union of your two lives. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual vessels - so will your marriage be a molding of two individual personalities, bonded together forming one heart, one love. The life that each of you experienced up to now, will hereafter be an inseparable unit, for the two shall become one. May this day shine eternally in your lives. May it add brilliance to every achievement and cast a divine light over any misfortune. May these two find happiness in their union. May they live faithfully together and ever remain compassionate and encouraging, that their years may be rich with the joys of life.

12: There were a lot of emotions in the days leading up to our wedding... Alison Arneson Cowan, David's step-mother, unexpectedly passed away a week prior to our wedding. She had been battling cancer for almost a year and lost her fight once it had progressed into her liver. What an emotional roller coaster. Alison's funeral was on Thursday and our celebration was just 2 days later. Some of the people who were not coming to the wedding flew in for the funeral and then also ended up coming to our wedding as well, these were a bittersweet emotional couple of days.

19: First Dance Song Title: Cruisin' Sang By: Gweneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis Choreographed By: Jackie at Fred Astaire Dance Studio Lots of practice was put in to this routine together since this was officially the 1st dance we ever had...

20: Better Man, that Beth has helped Dave to become Enthusiastic, altho sometimes is too much Together, through good times and bad Humor we all know who is in charge of that department & Dedicated to each other, to there family, to there passions Adventurous from kayaking and skiing to moving to Florida by themselves Very good parents, as can be seen in the two little ones here tonight Involved with there community and there families Dynamic to me is constantly changing and for Dave and Beth it is alway for the better to be Counted on as a brother, sister, and friend Orange from the Orangemen of Syracuse to the oranges of Florida it just seems like a theme forWedding which publicly states the commitment that Dave and Beth formed long ago Albany which was the start of their journey together for Next steps in your journey as husband and wife

23: The 1st toss of the bouquet was caught by the DJ, 2nd try was a bit better but there was a fight between the mother and daughter as to who was going to be the prize holder..... Brandon was the lucky devil who caught the garter and the rest is history and terribly awkward.

29: The Honeymoon | The Bellagio Hotel While some decide to experience Las Vegas as singles, it was our choice to spend our honeymoon on the Las Vegas strip. Our first morning after staying at the hotel we were having breakfast, when a nice lady walked by and gave us her vouchers for credits to spend at the Bellagio. With these, we were able to enjoy a number of great breakfasts as well as an amazing trip to the spa. This was probably one of the best wedding gifts we could have gotten ($300+) and it was from a complete stranger...great way to start out our honeymoon!

30: Our first adventure was a trip to Red Rock Canyon for some hiking through a couple of nature trails, followed up by a bizarre trip to Bonnie Springs for a sunset horseback ride and then back to the strip for a comedy show with Vinnie Favorito to end the evening.

31: Early morning we set out for our next adventure off to Utah to go skiing at Brian's Head Resort. We had a great time spending the day on the slopes and ended up staying at the perfect lodge.

32: Zion National Park

33: Fly-Lines at Bootleg Canyon

35: Well after nearly 10 years of being together, in a committed relationship we decided to finally make it official and tie the knot. We didn’t want to do it for any other reason but for ourselves, not because we had children together or lived in the same house together, it was just the RIGHT time to do it and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. It’s an adventure to grow together as a team, tackling obstacles and enjoying victories is so much sweeter when you have someone to share all your ups and downs with and as the story goes, we hope to live... | happily ever after.

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