S: Rose and Derek's Wedding 2007
2: We got married in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, about two hours northwest of New York City. | We reserved three mountain lodges for the wedding, and for our guests. | WEDD | The lodges were owned by the Spruce Lake Retreat, a Mennonite retreat and conference center, where we had been celebrating Thanksgiving for several years with Derek's family.
3: The wedding took place on the 25th of November, the Sunday immediately after Thanksgiving. | Canadensis is nestled deep in the Pocono mountains, in an area of woodlands, wild turkeys, and waterfalls.
5: We started Saturday morning with a big breakfast. Max cooked the pancakes (oatmeal walnut and vegan chocolate chip). | My dad cut up lots of ruby red grapefruits (smuggled in from Texas in my mom's suitcase).
6: Saturday night more guests arrived. We had a homemade, Tex-Mex dinner: black bean & sweet potato burritos, salsa, guacamole, and salad. For dessert, Katrina brought an assortment of lovely vegan cookies.
10: Game Night
11: Next we played several rounds of the Not Quite Newlywed Game. | We tried a number of pairings: couples, siblings, and finally colleagues/officemates. Who knew each other the best? Officemates. | Kathy started the games off with a homemade, wedding-themed "Mad Libs".
12: We started Sunday off with a hearty breakfast—fresh bagels from Ess-a-Bagel in New York City. | Bagels
13: After everyone was fed, it was time to get ready for the ceremony.
14: Sister styling
16: Our Ketubah (Jewish wedding contract) has a modern, romantic English text. But the Hebrew text says that Derek bought Rose for two goats, or something like that.
17: The Ketubah had to be signed by us and by two witnesses. It took a long time because no one was used to signing their name in Hebrew!
19: Finally, the Ketubah has been signed! The ceremony can begin!
22: We walked down the aisle to the the 2nd movement of Bach's Gamba Sonata No. 3 in G minor.
23: The ceremony took place under the chuppah, which symbolizes the home that we will build together.
24: Sheva | Bruchot
35: A toast!
36: Rose and Derek’s Farewell Song written by John with a little help from his friends sung by John and Dimitra He first saw her in a computer nook Then he came back quickly for a second look. He tasted tofu with her special sauce And knew that he had found his lifetime boss. We do not comprehend what it is you do Derek talks to computers in ones and twos. Rose programs machines with designer genes But for sure we understand the words “I do”. So they’re on their way, gone to work and play Auf wiedersehen is what we have to say Ach du liebe, cause by now it’s lookin’ Like we’ll see you next year in Saarbrucken. | A blessing, a speech, a song.
37: We prepared dinner ourselves: butternut squash sage lasagna, cauliflower-leek kugel with almond-herb crust, barbecued tofu, and five-seed quinoa salad.
38: but which one? | carrot | chocolate | orange | cheesecake | marzipan