S: Alaina and Matthew 10.01.2011
FC: M | & | A
1: THE MARRIAGE OF | Alaina and Matthew | 10.01.2011 | San Francisco Zoo
2: Getting ready
4: A DAY TO REMEMBER
5: I LOVE YOU NOT ONLY FOR WHAT YOU ARE, BUT FOR WHO I AM WHEN I AM WITH YOU.
6: Our Wedding Party Matron of Honor: Corinne Clawson Maid of Honor: Marielle Kipps Best Man: Daniel Williamson Groomsmen: Charles & Tim Williamson Flower Girl: Helen Williamson Ring Bearer: Aaron Williamson
11: BELIEVE IN HAPPILY EVER AFTER, AND IT WILL COME TRUE
12: We, unaccustomed to courage exiled from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. We are weaned from our timidity In the flush of love's light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. - Maya Angelou
14: Blessing of the Hands
15: In this simple act of holding hands today, and in countless times to come, I want you to always remember that: These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of life, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other’s can. These are the hands that will hold you tight when you encounter fear or grief, and that will countless times wipe the tears of sorrow and of joy from your eyes. These are the hands that will raise your children, and guide them into the world. These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to go after your dreams and will give you strength when you struggle through difficult times. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
16: Do you, Matthew, promise to give Alaina Your deepest love and your truest thoughts, As you create a home together that is a place of comfort and joy, being her faithful champion, partner and friend? I Do. Do you promise to cherish her intellect and individuality, to delight in her happiness and comfort her in sorrow, to communicate openly and honestly and to listen carefully, and be her enthusiastic partner when hiking Yosemite’s trails, cooking new recipes, fixing the plumbing, and sharing kisses at the sight of sunbeams, wildflowers, and waterfalls. I Do. | Do you, Alaina, promise to give Matthew Your deepest love and your truest thoughts, As you create a home together that is a place of joy and comfort, being his faithful champion, partner and friend? I Do. Do you promise to cherish his intellect and individuality, to delight in his happiness and comfort him in sorrow, to communicate openly and honestly and to listen carefully, and be his enthusiastic partner when bicycling hilly paths, assembling new furniture, keeping up with his non-sequiturs, and sharing kisses at the sight of the ocean, Half Dome, and Wedding parties. I Do.
17: With this ring | Matthew, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my confidence in our strength together, and my promise to learn and grow with you. I am honored to call you my husband.
18: We rejoice that you found each other. May you treasure your love and your friendship. I now pronounce you husband and wife.
19: And so your two lives are now joined. May your love for one another go from strength to strength as you both grow in acceptance and understanding. May the home that you make together be bright with the laughter of many friends and a place of nurture for all who gather there. May your home be the one place in the whole world where you most want to be. And whatever trials you face in the future, may they only cause your love to go deeper.
20: Feeding the Giraffes!
22: A WEDDING TOAST
23: ... when times are tense, or the fog is heavy or things are not working out perfectly, you have each other to lean on and understand that sometimes you just need a nap.
24: First Dance: "More" by Bobby Darin
25: Ole! A spontaneous Flamingo reunion!
27: Reception in the Great Hall
33: THE GREAT CAKE STORY...
35: Let's make this relationship one that will be the envy of all our friends