S: The Hitchin' Ceremony of Chip and Sarah Cook
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FC: The Hitchin' Ceremony of Chip and Sarah Cook
1: Event Staff
2: Sarah Bieber and Chip Cook's hitchin' Ceremony took place at the Caretaker's Cabin in Reeder's Alley, in Helena Montana on Friday, July 13, 2012. Sarah and Chip loved Helena's rich history and wanted to showcase that to their friends and family. Reeder's Alley was chosen as the back- drop because it is the oldest standing building in town, and has a beautiful garden. Ellen Baumler - a local historian- presided over the wedding and did tours Guest were treated to a wonderful dinner provided by Michelle and Jim of The Old Miner's Dinner Club. For the reception, guests travel on Tour Train to learn about Helena's past.
5: Today is a special day where all my hopes and dreams come true Today is the day that I am to marry you ~ Anonymous ~
7: "Treat your family like friends and your friends like family."
8: The menu was a delightful array of Strawberry Spinach Salad Tender Pork Roast County Baked Beans Cornbread Baked Potatoes Your choice of beverage | Dinner was catered by Michelle and Jim from the Old Miner's Dinning Club. It was delicious!
9: The centerpieces were Gerber daises, water and rocks that resembled the local stream where they found gold. Look close and you will see gold specs floating!
15: Celebrate! | Enjoying refreshments in the garden
17: "I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance, a church filled with family and friends. I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for, He said one that would make me his wife". ~Author Unknown
20: "You Cannot possess me for I belong to myself. But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give. You cannot command me for I am a free person. But I shall serve you in those ways which you require. I pledge to you that yours will be the name I cry aloud in the night, and the eyes into which I smile in the morning. I pledge to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care. I shall be a shield for your back and you for mine. I shall not slander you, nor you me. I shall honor you above all others, and when we quarrel we shall do so in private and tell no strangers our grievances. This is my wedding vow to you. This is a marriage of equals. From this day forth, I will be your huckleberry! "
21: Mr. and Mrs Cook
22: Officially Hitched! | Signed, sealed and delivered!
25: From this day forward, you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter My arms will be your home.
26: Reeder's Alley was built in the 1870s by a Pennsylvania brick and stone mason named Louis Reeder. The first miners staked their claims along Last Chance Gulch in 1864. Reeder was among the other newcomers who came to Helena for opportunities beyond prospecting. Louie arrived in town in 1867 and immediately signed on to help build Helena's first brick courthouse. The maturing gold camp offered plenty of other building projects and by 1872, Reeder began investing in property and development. He soon owned a number of lots on West Cutler Street where he constructed a series of small tenements and bunkhouses that catered especially to single miners. By 1884, the collection of brick and stone buildings we see nestled along the steep slope of Reeder's Alley was in place. At the south end of Clore Street (now Park Avenue) and along West Main, the early residents literally prospected out their front doors right at the foot of Reeder's Alley
29: To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others. ~Francois Mauriac
33: Let them eat cake!
34: Wilson Butts, a veteran of the California gold rush, arrived at Last Chance with the first wave of miners in the summer of 1864. He was in a good position to join the rush to Last Chance when gold was discovered the following summer on July 14, 1864. His timely arrival is evident in the excellent location of his claim along the banks of Last Chance Stream that once flowed directly past the cabin he built. The small but serviceable one-room of hewn and un-hewn logs, chinked to keep out impending winter cold, is the back room of the present Pioneer Cabin. It is the oldest documented dwelling in Helena, and the only documented miner’s cabin built during the first months after the Last Chance discovery. There is no other building or mining camp remnant in Helena that can better interpret this very early period of occupation. Family documentation of the building sequence makes the Pioneer Cabin a rare and precious landmark.
37: Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile. ~ Elizabeth Browning ~
38: You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. ~ Dr. Seuss
40: All Aboard! | Helena Tour Train was the reception | Mansion District | Last Chance Gulch | Original Gov. Mansion | Old Mining Shafts
42: Catholic Cathedral
43: Gov. Mansion | State History Museum | Montana State Capital
44: Real love stories have no ending...
45: ...and so it began.