S: Qyreenia Ancajas & Benjamin Coburn's Wedding 2011
BC: Qyreenia Ancajas Coburn & Benjamin Coburn
FC: On the Seventeenth Day of July in the Year of Our Lord 2011 | Love
1: Dedicated to My Husband Thank you for your patience | On the Seventeenth Day of July in the Year of Our Lord 2011
2: Once in awhile, Right in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a fairy tale.
4: "Believe in happily ever after, and it will come true"
5: Dream | Believe | Pray | &
7: A whole year of preparation and only 1.5hrs of sleep last night... But it's all worth it!
9: I hope today is wonderful for Qyreenia and is everything that she wants it to be...
10: Ruperto Brother of Qyreenia, all the way from Singapore | The Groom's Attendants | Kai | Randy | Arugha | Javier
11: Fenming Qyreenia's Best Friend all the way from Singapore as Maid of Honor | The Bride's Attendants | Fenming | Amanda | Rebekah | Candice | Lydia
12: Welcome! Qyreenia & Benjamin Chose Nakoda Lodge because of Qyreenia's love for the sea. But to have a Wedding, With sultry waves crashing, Was unfortunately not meant to be. As the nearest sea is quite some miles away, The search was on for a watery bay. Finally we found, Quite a jewel of A Crown, To welcome our friends on our Wedding Day. A generous expanse of Sapphire Blue, Some snow capped mountains tall and true. Verdant Summer leaves and birds, Flowers and bees that fly & flirt, An altogether wonderful and glorious view. With reds, golds, whites and beige, We seek to honor our ethnic heritage. A tradition here, a tradition there, Their Ceremony cheographed with utmost care. Benjamin’s persistent & loyal attitude A true trait of a German's fortitude. His strange humour proves his Irish roots, So thrifty he owns only a pair of boots! His brave Scottish heart will defend, His Eurasian damsel an exotic blend, Of Singapore Chinese and Spanish equation, Me thinks, Gorgeous kids will come into creation! This story doesn't end today, It's just one step forward on our chosen way. Trials and tribulations will be endured, Loving patience will be our cure. Obstacles will only make us stronger, With a commitment to better ourselves for the other. Thank you for celebrating our Special Day!
13: "I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance, An outdoor ceremony 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." And I still got my Elegant Wedding! :) | Our entire Wedding was themed around both our ethnic heritages: German, Scottish, Irish, Chinese and Spanish | Wedding Aisle Runner Monogramme
14: According to Spanish Tradition, the Man of the Bride's Family - Qyreenia's Brother - Ruperto - opens the Aisle to symbolize the Releasing of the Bride from the Lee Ancajas Family | This day I will marry my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love
15: The Big GoldenHarp plays an excellent repertoire of lovely Celtic Music as the elegant Ceremony starts with Ruperto releasing the Butterfly Aisle Ribbon. Soon after, the Bridal Entourage walks down the petal strewn Aisle.
16: Getting ready to walk down the Aisle
17: The beauty of the day wasn't measured by the layers on the cake or the fabric of her dress, but by the way he looked at her when she walked down the aisle | "Who gives this woman away?" -Rev. John W. Lucas
18: Rebekah, Maiden of Generosity reading from Song of Solomon 8:6 | Opening Prayer | Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
19: Wedding Vow ...It was one year ago today that I pledged my love to you. I promised to cherish you, to protect you, to be faithful to you, and to comfort you, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, as long as I shall live. I want to reaffirm these promises in the witness of friends and family today. I pledge to you the first bite of my meat and the first drink from my cup. 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 ... | Romance is about the little things. -- Gregory J. Godeck
20: With this ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow.
21: Offering of theArras This ritual was adopted hundreds of years ago from the Jewish Faith by the Spaniard Catholic Faith. A Coin Bearer carries 13 coins which represent Jesus and His 12 Apostles. He hands the coins to the Priest who blesses them. The Priest then hands the coins to the Groom who in turn offers them to his Bride as a commitment to protect her, take care of her and share his wealth with her. She in turn gives half of the coins back to the Groom as a symbol of her commitment to also share her possessions and help him in future endeavours.
22: I'm so happy I can finally call this woman my wife. It's a dream come true
23: "Twas not my lips you kissed....But my soul." ~ Judy Garland ~
24: "...Jesus poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel..." John 13: 5
25: For it was not into my ear you whispered But into my heart Twas not my lips you kissed But my soul. ~ Judy Garland ~ | Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. ...However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband" Ephesians 5:25 - 33 | For it was not into my ear you whispered But into my heart Twas not my lips you kissed But my soul. ~ Judy Garland ~
26: In Christ Alone | My Comforter, my All in all Here in the love of Christ I stand
27: Wedding Blessing O God of love, to Thee we bow, And pray for these before Thee now, That, closely knit in holy vow, They may be in Thee one. When days are filled with pure delight, When paths are plain and skies are bright, Walking by faith and not by sight, May they be in Thee one. When stormy winds fulfill Thy will, And all their good seems turned to ill, Then, trusting in Thee completely, still May they be in Thee one. Whate’er in life shall be their share Of quickening joy or burdening care, In power to do and grace to bear, May they be in Thee one.
28: An Old Scottish Tradition Jumping over the broom together at the Wedding Ceremony is a powerful symbol that signifies the couple's willingness and commitment to share tasks, and to sweep away old hurts, prejudices, cruelty and unkindness.
30: One of the nicest things you can say to your partner, "If I had it to do over again, I'd choose you. Again." ~ Unknown ~
31: The heart of marriage is memories. ~ Bill Cosby
34: "But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine." Thomas Jefferson
36: Presenting..... Qyreenia! | Me with my Men in Black | Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anais Nin
38: I kept thinking the whole day that we have the best looking Bridesmaids & Groomsmen! The Perfect Complement to the Bridal Couple.... Us!
39: "Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams." ~ Ashley Smith
41: "True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice." ~ Samuel Johnson
42: The wind was tremendous that day. Felt like my tiara and veil were gonna fly right off!" Still Praise God.... it made for beautiful pictures.
44: "Beauty awakens the soul to act." Dante Alighieri
45: "To be your friend was all I ever wanted; to be your lover was all I ever dreamed."
46: " Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep... wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you' re just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky he is to have YOU... The one who turns to his friends and says, thats her... " Author Unknown
48: The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart
49: Banff Springs Castle | How delicious is the winning of a kiss at love's beginning.
50: Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction
51: How delicious is the winning of a kiss at love's beginning.
52: The Prince said to the Princess: "Like music on the waters is thy sweet voice to me."
53: How delicious is the winning of a kiss at love's beginning.
54: Banff Springs Castle | I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. ~ Song of Solomon 7:10
55: Thou art to me a delicious torment...
56: "My heart is ever at your service." ~ William Shakespeare
57: F O R E V E R
58: "A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness." ~John Keats
59: "Sometimes your nearness takes my breath away; and all the things I want to say can find no voice. Then, in silence, I can only hope my eyes will speak my heart."
63: "Love & Marriage, Love & Marriage, They go together like a Horse & Carriage." ~Frank Sinatra
64: Preparing for our Grand Entry
67: There was Singing, Belly dancing, Guitar playing, Violin Duet, Drawing and Excellent Speeches. It was Memorable!
68: The food was based on both our ethnic heritages. We also handed out our Wedding Favours individually in Gold Packets,.. ASpanish Tradition with a Chinese Twist
70: "One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is Love." ~ Sophocles
72: We danced to a medley of Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden and La Cumparsita, a Tango
76: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. ~ Ephesians 5:31
77: So Our Story Begins...
78: Civil Ceremony 17 July 2010 | Tea Ceremony 25 December 2010 | The Proposal 30 May 2010