S: Our Wedding Day
BC: Or rather... continues!
FC: Our Wedding | dream | 02-20-2011
1: I dreamed of a fun, elegant wedding to showcase this great love of ours, and explode our happiness on our friends & family . I asked him what kind of wedding he wished for... He said, "one that will make you my wife".
2: The theme of our wedding was "King and Queen of Hearts" | Our wedding date is a mirror image of when we met. (sort-of) | It took two years to plan, and we did it all ourselves... but it was the wedding of our dreams, and so totally "us!"
3: 11 - 2002 | 02 - 2011
5: A great song by Rick Wakeman that was also the recessional music
6: The Bridal Shower | at the home of her parents
7: Hosted by daughter, Channon and Maid-of-Honor, Sherilyn Dixon | On February 14th the marriage license was in hand!
8: The Wedding Party
10: ~Best Man~ Michael Schaeffer ~Maid-of-Honor~ Sherilynn Dixon ~Flower Girls~ Jordyn LeVeque Ajia Ervin Clarke Alia Jamai Ervin ~Ring Bearer~ Elijah Clarke ~Parents~ Rev. & Mrs. Jack Warner Mrs. Gloria Gonzales ~Officiant~ Paul Selcovitz Moral Support ~Moms~ Channon Pifer Kecha Clarke Cherie Clarke Kacie Clarke
11: Chuck's Family Gloria Gonzales Michael Schaeffer
12: Keetha's Family | Rozanne Pauze | Lauren LaTour | Sherilyn Dixon
14: Our family is a circle of strength and love.. .with every birth, and every union the circle grows, every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.
15: Love everything going on in this photo!
16: Flashback... two hours before the wedding! | Last minute details and final preparations!
17: & | We decorated the hall the day before the wedding.
18: There was a family bet on how late the wedding would start!
19: The posed photos were taken before the ceremony | So, yes... we started 45 minutes late! (Michael won the bet!)
20: Family and friends arriving!
24: Our wedding day has finally come...
26: Walking the aisle to music from Abbey Road!
27: and now, here comes the Bride... and Groom!
29: Defying tradition, we chose to walk down the aisle together, as equals. We greeted each guest and presented them with a rose.
30: In honor and memory of: Ray Schaeffer, Phillip Marsh, Dana Dixon Gassert, Dana Mackey, Lou Gonzalez, Nellie and Lee Ratliff, Burr and Blanche Warner, Jim Nevels...and Paul Levine.. | The story behind the roses...
31: What better way to show love than through the gift of a rose? We were inspired to share our love with all our guests by honoring a tradition originally created by our late, dear friend, Phillip Marsh, who was well-known for hand delivering a rose to each of his clients every Valentine's Day... To honor and remember those loved ones that are gone, two white "In Memory" roses were placed in each centerpiece in the reception hall.
33: The white journal carried by the bride was a gift from her daughter, Channon. It featured a "Queen of Hearts" card and contained the bride's handwritten vows. It was inscribed with the words, "The Queen has arrived" | In all the pre-wedding hustle the groom forgot to put on his boutonniere!
34: "As your longtime friend, I would like to say that these rings that you have chosen to wear are a symbol... As you wear them, it will serve as a constant reminder of the love you hold for each other. But, they are just that...a symbol... they will not bind you together. In the eyes of the law and on your marriage certificate it will say that the two of you are married. But in many respects, that too is just a symbol... your marriage certificate will not bind you together.
35: What I will say to you both is that the ring and the certificate should serve as a constant reminder of what it is that you both feel in your hearts for each other, at this moment, as you receive them. Only the feeling of love that you keep in your hearts will bind the two of you together. And you will keep that love as long as you respect each other, listen, and place the needs of your partner ahead of your own. So that each of you think of yourself as "The Lucky One" in your marriage." Paul Selcovitz, Friend and Officiant
37: I will | "I Will" | Godiva became His Goddess, and now His Queen!
38: "My King... When I first met you I told you that if I ever had another relationship it would have to be one with total honesty, total commitment, with no games, no bullshit, and everything on the table. So, here we are exactly 3016 days later........... You stepped up to the great challenge I presented to you on our first date, and I am happy to tell you
39: that you have now achieved 100%! I once had a dream of this time and this place, thanks to you it's come true... ... as true as the love you see on my face."
40: Will you have this woman to be your wife, to live together in the state of Matrimony? Will you love, cherish, comfort and honor her., and keep her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, keep only your Goddess Bosum to Bosum Til your arms can't rock her anymore?
42: "This is perhaps the easiest thing I have ever done. in my entire life: "My Goddess, my Queen, my muse, my lover, my friend... Where have you been for 30 years? Speaking to the many musicians here with us today who will all relate to this: Musicians are driven to create music by two things; Melody and Harmony.
43: Your voice is the melody, My goddess... We..... We are the Harmony. You know, in my whole life, I was never a King before I met you.... (aside to everyone) It's good to be the King.! Thank you for making me your king, My Goddess. I love you very much. Today and always.."
44: Most memorable moment.. (Him) "Where have you been for 30 years?" (Her) Pointed at her four children in the front row... (Guests) Big laugh! and it wasn't planned!
46: "And in the end... the love you take, is equal to the love you make"
48: "There is only one happiness in life... to love, to be loved and to share love"
49: The happiest day of my life...
50: Introducing... | Mr. | $ | Mrs.
51: Chuck Schaeffer
52: The happiest day of my life...
53: Mine too!
55: "I'm so happy I can finally call this man my husband It's really a dream come true"
56: Our beautiful at the social hall of
57: reception was held Paradise Gardens.
58: The centerpieces were designed for our guests to place their roses in during the reception
60: The "In Memory" roses | Bride's bouquet
62: Friends | Reception Hostess Shaquilla Hines | The photo opportunity!
63: Everything looked beautiful! | The centerpieces, floral arrangements, bouquets , candles and cake-topper were made by the bride.
68: A short,sweet toast by the best man, Michael
72: Our First Dance | as husband and wife, evolved into a conga line
73: "In Your Eyes" | by Peter Gabriel
74: and circle dance
77: Dancing fun! | true
78: Gotta Dance!
84: The Grand children | cherie's daughter | Ajia Renai | Age 7
85: Joe & Channon's daughter | Jordyn Alyia | Age 5 | Plus, they added the "adorable" factor! | had a great time
86: Kecha's daughter | Alia Jamai | Age 5
87: Kacie's son | Elijah James | almost 3!
90: Candid moments
92: If I had my life to live over again... Next time I would find you sooner so that I could love you longer.
93: Together, a great place to be!
94: We Came, We Saw, We Decided...
95: Not necessarily in that order ;)