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Miracle Wedding

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S: Wedding of Jill and Anthony

BC: Our journey begins...


1: THE WEDDING OF | Jill Susanne Shook | Anthony George Manousos | & | 9/10/11 | . . . . . . . . . . . . | In honor of the Prince of Peace who brought us together for a purpose beyond what we can imagine

2: Jill and Anthony met at the Palm Sunday Peace Parade in Pasadena on April 17, 2011. | : "Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey... I will remove the battle chariots from Israel and the war horses from Jerusalem, and I will destroy all the weapons in battle. Your King will bring peace to the nations."--Zachariah 9:9-10. | "As a visionary and a Quaker peace activist, Anthony believes that Jesus' mandate to love our enemies works both interpersonally and internationally, as countless examples in history have proved. Many wars have been fought because of religious extremism. Anthony's calling is to write books and create forums for dialogue among the world's religions so that conflict might be resolved in peaceful ways. His interfaith work has caused him to clarify his own faith--loving and following Christ as a Friend (as Quakers prefer to be called). His heart-felt devotion to God speaks deeply to my soul...."--Jill | "Jill is an amazing woman who enthusiastically practices the Great Commandments, which are shared by all the Abrahamic faiths: "Love God and love your neighbor." "Jill touches my heart with her love for the poor and marginalized. Her life embodies the core teaching of Jesus: "Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me" (Matt 25:40). "I look forward to my new life with Jill, whose gospel of Love is irresistible. I know that being married to Jill, there will never be a dull moment." --Anthony | First Meeting

3: Meeting Jill's Mom | Three weeks later, on Anthony's birthday, he proposed to Jill in the herb garden of the Getty Villa in Malibu. | The Proposal

4: Pastor Sideropoulos giving us permission to kiss and Joe Morris leading us in song | Our engagement party at Jill's home | The Marriage License

6: Mom graced us with another engagement party at her Shell Beach cottage and surprised us with a wonderful whimsical painting of the Quaker Oats man for our wedding gift.

7: On the merry-go-round at the Jersey shore | "Bride and Groom" trees planted three hundred years ago at the Quaker village of Farmington that we visited while in Pennsylvania. We have since planted our own "bride and groom" trees in California! | Visiting Anthony's sister Liz and her husband Richie in Princeton, New Jersey. | Our Trip to the East Coast

8: Composing our wedding vows at the Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes

9: In the presence of God and of our friends and family we affirm our belief that the Prince of Peace has brought us together for a purpose beyond what either of us can imagine today. I commit myself this day to walk with God and with you so that together we might discover and experience what God has for us. I promise to honor you and Christ in you as I honor myself and Christ in me. I promise to honor you by listening patiently to your heart, to believe in your love, and to trust in you. I promise to stay close to you in good times and bad times, in sickness and health, laughter and sorrow, for as long as we both have breath. You are my lover, my teacher, and my friend. I love you! God is in you and with you and I know that God will enable us to keep the vows we are making today. | Our Wedding Vows

10: Jared Marquez at the Fred Astaire studio was both our amazing dance teacher and "marriage therapist." The same penny placed by Jill's dad in her sisters wedding 39 years earlier was placed into Jill's shoe.

11: Rehearsing our wedding at First Baptist Pasadena, and enjoying a rehearsal dinner at the William Carey University. We envision our new life in the Light of Christ. | The Rehearsal

12: Our rehearsal and wedding drew together diverse circles of friends. Jill and Anthony are both bridge-builders. We see our marriage as a demonstration of God's love for all people.

13: Roxie Burns and Jill received henna tattoos in Old Town Pasadena. Marlene and MaryYoder treated Jill, her sister Jana and Mom to pedicures and manicures in Old Town Monrovia.

14: The Big Day has arrived!! | Jana Heirendt, Jill's sister arranged the flowers with the help of bridesmaid Maria Teresa Kowal. Jill decorated the wedding cake with flowers and greens from her yard.

15: Sprucing up the newly weds' bedroom with decorations from the One Voice Church bridal shower.

16: Jill's home was a-buzz with loving friends helping her to get ready.... Dana Carr applied Jill's make up.

17: The wedding dress worn by Jill was originally sown by her grandmother May Johnson for Jill's mother. Jill's sister Jana wore this dress at her wedding. It was lovingly restored by Jill for our special occasion. | Jill's Parents Donna and Dick | Jill's parents Donna and Dick

19: Making our appearance in front of Pasadena City Hall across from the First Baptist Church | The Wedding!

20: Our Friends and family are awaiting us.....

21: Quaker facing bench friends: Janis Elgas Torre, Diana Martin, Catalina Huidor, Marlene Yoder, Roxanne Burns, and Susan Zelkwitz

22: Rick Lancaster, Jill's hairdresser, gifted Jill with his talents

24: The Bridal Party: (left to right) Camelia Joseph, Terry Carter, Jill, Jill's sister Jana (maid of honor), and Maria Teresa Kowal. Next are Jill's nieces: Kody, Casey Marie, Jessie and Kit Kat.

25: Bridesmaids: Terry Carter, Maria Teresa Kowal, and Camelia Joseph

26: The Groom's Men, Facing Bench, Ushers and Ring bearer | Groomsmen: Gene Rothman, Joe Morris, Jochen Strack and Stan Searl with ringbearer Noah Heirendt. | Ushers: Luke, Joey, Jonathan, and Peter Heirendt; Dylan Boone; and Michael Heirendt

27: The Lucky Man

28: "Words cannot express the surprise and joy I feel to have fallen in love with a man of God, whose dreams I am thrilled to support." | "Encountering Jill at the Palm Sunday Peace Parade was a turning point in my life, for which I will be eternally grateful to the Prince of Peace."

29: "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things." 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 | Every wedding has a hitch: ours was the precious green peridot stone falling out of the ring setting11

30: Sarah May and Janelle Heirendt, Jill's nieces helped with the guest book

31: Jill's sister's husband Dwight and her eight children came from near and far: Michael, Luke, Peter, Joey , Jonathan and David were ushers along with Dylan Bone and David Carrillo

32: "We knew shortly after we met on Palm Sunday that God intended us to be together...."

33: "Love never ends...."

34: Jill's nieces ring the bells and announce: "Here comes the bride!!"

35: Jill's mom Donna presents the bride.

36: What an amazing experience to see so many people gathered together to honor God and celebrate our marriage!

38: Our Quaker-style facing bench allowed many of our closest friends to sit and pray with us on the stage throughout the ceremony... | "Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.....For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope and love abides, and the greatest of these is love." Corinthians 13: 8-13.

39: On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said, "What concern is that to you and me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each of them holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him. "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." --John 2: 1-10 | "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now."

40: With this ring, I thee wed, and I give to you my life. Mine is yours, yours is mine. We can live that way forever. With this kiss we will seal that we are now man and wife. Two in one, one in two, that's the way it's got to be. With this love, we can live, we can't keep it to ourselves. He is mine, he is yours. We ca live our lives to tell it. I give my heart, I give my soul, I give you all my worldly goods. Two in one, one in two, that's the way it's got to be. And I will cling to you and you will cling to me, and in the shadow of the cross we'll live on bended knee. With this prayer I commit that we both become as one. He is us, we in him, saying vows to one another, holding fast in your heart 'till the day we see the Son. Two in one, on in two, that's the way it's got to be. | Pastor Paul Kim of One Voice Church conducts the marriage ceremony and Stan Searl, clerk of Santa Monica Friends (Quaker) Meeting, leads us in song and Quaker-style open worship. Stephanie Wright sings "With this ring" with musical accompaniment by Yuna Lee and Geoff Yost.

41: I p | "All my life, through the good and bad in life, Whether I should gain or lose, still I choose to live my life, every moment, all for Thee..."

42: "Be the guardian of my ways, and I'll know the glory of thy love through all my days."

44: Dancing and Dessert under the Stars!

45: Our reception took place at the lawn of the William Carey University. Our emcee was Peter Heirendt and our dance leader was the incomparable Jared Marquez of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

46: Friends

50: Our homeless friend Caesar came to the wedding. He told us, "May the harps of heaven play at your wedding." And we told him they did because he came.

51: Roommates and neighbors | Roommates and neighbors

52: One Voice Church

53: The Johnson family

55: We couldn't have done this wedding without Jana and her family! | Sarah May and Dylan became engaged on the day of our wedding!

56: I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky!

57: I think about it every night and day. Spread my wings and fly away!

63: Friends and family shared moving reflections.

64: Prayer pageCamelia Joseph prayed for us as we made a circle | Camelia Joseph led the closing prayer.

65: Tossing the garter | Maria Teresa caught the bouquet and Alex Buickians caught the garter!

66: Honeymoon inHawaii | We stayed at the Quaker Meeting house in Honolulu

67: Oahu, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor Upon arrival we took a "De-Tour" of what Hawaii was like before the the military. | We especially loved learning the history of Queen Lilliuokalani, the advanced culture of the Hawaiian natives, and how the Hawaiians embraced Christianity and literacy.

68: Or | Organic Farm on the Big Island We stayed withSarah Armstrong Jones and her husband James.

69: Volcano, Hawaii

72: Polynesian Cultural Center and Honolulu, Oahu

73: Aloha! | Honolulu Friends invited us to speak about our books and encouraged us to come back soon....

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