S: Lee and Sara's Wedding - June 24, 2006
BC: The Beginning
FC: Lee and Sara's Wedding | Sunrise Amphitheater Boulder, Colorado June 24, 2006 Four O'Clock in the Afternoon
1: This day I marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, love
2: The Rehearsal
6: The Rehearsal Dinner | Took place at the Hotel Boulderado, one of the oldest hotels in Boulder. We had a magnificent dinner beneath the beautiful stained glass ceiling of the mezzanine followed by a chocolate fondue fountain.
10: Getting Ready
18: Up at the Amphitheater . . .
19: Sunrise Amphitheater was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. It is about a 15 minute drive up Flagstaff Mountain and affords views of the Boulder Valley and the back side of the Flatirons. Lee chose this place because we could have everyone we loved in a place that was everything great about Colorado. The mountains stretch out for miles in either direction while the city rests below. All that and the perfect girl made the Sunrise Amphitheater the ideal location to start our lives together. One of the great things about having been married at Sunrise Amphitheater is that when people ask where we were married we can point to the flagpole at the top of Flagstaff, which can just barely be made out from anywhere in Boulder and say, Â“Right there.Â”
27: Prelude Call to Order Wedding Party Processional Midnight on the Water, Traditional Bride's Processional Canon in D, Pachelbel Reading by Sara i carry your heart with me, e. e. cummings Thoughts on Marriage Vows Promises of the Wedding Party Promises of the Guests Exchange of Rings Recessional In My Life, The Beatles | The Ceremony
28: The Seating of the Mothers
29: The Wedding Party
30: Here Comes the Bride
32: The Glider | Just as Sara was beginning to read the poem by e. e. cummings, she heard a high pitched whirring noise and looked up to find a glider swooping in to check out the wedding. They were so close that we could see the people in the cockpit. This was the first of several events that everyone was talking about.
33: i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart) e. e. cummings
34: Marriage is a potential made in the heart that takes a lifetime to fulfill | Thoughts on Marriage . . .
35: I, Lee, take you, Sara, to be my wife, knowing in my heart that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner and my one true love. You are my best friend and I will love and respect you always. I promise to hold you above all others, cherish and love you in good times and bad, to work on being a better partner everyday and to think of you first always. I promise to support you, work with you and carry you in my heart wherever our lives take us. You have made my life better by being in it and you make me a better person with your patience and support. I promise to never take you and all that you give me for granted and to encourage you as you have encouraged me. I will always be there to make you laugh and to hold you when you cry. I promise to treasure you throughout all our days and shelter you through all the nights. Above all, I promise to love you with all that I am for all my life. | Wedding Vows
36: The Butterfly | As Lee was saying his vows, a butterfly fluttered between us and landed on Jimmy, who was dressed all in white.
37: I, Sara, take you, Lee, to be my husband, knowing that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner and my one true love. I promise to fill your life with laughter and joy and to comfort you in times of despair, to listen to your dreams and encourage you to follow them, to deal with you tenderly and with patience, to honor and respect you as my husband, confidante, lover and friend, to work on being a better partner everyday and to think of you always first. Because of you I laugh, I smile, I take the time to look at the beautiful things in the world, I run, I skip and I dance around the kitchen. You have made my experience of the good things brighter and have given me heart to deal with the bad. You capture the strongest and most gentle aspects of man and elicit the same from me. You are my best friend and I will love and respect you always.
38: Questions to the Wedding Party | Jon: I ask that you help me to never take Sara for granted. Will you remind me how lucky I am and what life is really about? Gabe: I ask that you keep me honest. Will you help to always tell Sara everything, no matter how hard it might be? Michael: I ask that you remind me not to take things too seriously. Will you help me stay focused on life, love and laughter? John: I ask that you don't beat me up if I ever make Sara cry. You, as much as anybody, know what an amazing woman she is. Will you give us your support and remind us how exciting and wonderful this world is?
39: Holly: Will you help me to remain balanced, to remember that partnership requires compromise and to always keep my eye on making him happy? Brette: I ask that you don't beat me up if I ever make Lee cry. You know well what I kind and generous man I have chosen to spend my life with. Will you remind me of the gift our love is and help me to never take him for granted? Jill: Will you help me remember that family is the core of life and to help me create a strong one? Dana: Will you remind me to maintain my independence, to be true to myself, and to remain constant to my word?
40: Question to Family and Friends "Will you support us in our lives together and help us to love each other all the days of our lives?"
41: I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and of the promises I have made here today - that I will keep these promises for the rest of my life. | Ring Exchange
42: You May Kiss the Bride
43: We need to all thank you for choosing to share this day with us and, in doing so, reminding us of the importance of the relationships in our own lives | Closing Words
45: But of all these friends and lovers There is no one compares to you And these memories lose their meaning When I think of love as something new Though I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them In my life, I love you more -The Beatles
46: THANK YOU
48: In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. - Eva Burrows
56: The long and winding road that leads | to your door will never disappear. | I've seen that road before. It always | leads me here. Lead me to your door.
57: . . . and then came the hail
61: Chautauqua Dining Hall
62: Grandad Ed pointing out that Sara's placeholder says, "Sara Symons", not "Sara Buttrill" - Clearly an error!
67: Lee and I have had this on-going eight year argument of who has the bad luck and who has the good luck. I’ll be honest here, after meeting Sara this may be one of the instances that we both have the good luck. Because Lee, you have Sara to spend your life with and I have Lee and Sara as my friends. - Gabe Arreche | I'm really happy to be here today. I'm really glad to see everybody here in that same mind, in that same agreement. We’re here because we know that it’s important to you for us to be here. That it’s important for us to see you here together. Realizing that it’s as important for you to see us. Marriage, man, this is the big one – this is a big thing. This is really the beginning of a new life and I’m glad to see that this is as big a deal to them as it’s supposed to be. Thank you very much for having us here, we really appreciate it. - Jon Wright
68: I met Lee back in 1994 when we went to a Radiohead concert together down in Denver. My boyfriend at the time drove, and I distinctly remember them laughing and talking and having such a good time, with such a care-free attitude. We got down to the concert and it was canceled. And Sara and Lee were like, "ThatÂ’s okay, thatÂ’s cool. LetÂ’s go do something else". And thatÂ’s who Sara and Lee are, they have a very care-free, laid back attitude. ItÂ’s just amazing to me that they meshed so well then and that 12 years later they mesh so well now. I hope that 40 or 50 years from now they mesh that well then too. - Holly Prather
69: We originally met because Lee put an ad in the paper and I answered it. [Lee gets up and starts dancing] No, not that kind of ad! The great thing was that I thought he was so awesome that I collected him to my group over ten years ago now. The thing that impressed me so much is that not only is he a unique and really original person, but he's also incredibly big hearted. And the awesome thing is that he found someone also incredibly unique and incredibly big hearted. And I hope that I get to not only collect Lee, but I can also collect Sara along with him. - Michael Strauss | I was thinking about this commercial theyÂ’ve got on the radio in my home town, where they talk about E-Harmony.com and thereÂ’s the 29 dimensions of compatibility. I donÂ’t think that love is that easy to define. I donÂ’t think that compatibility is that quantifiable. These guys, theyÂ’re both so complete and beautiful in and of themselves and the way the vibe off each other is amazing. I know you guys got it down. IÂ’m glad that you had me here. Thank you very much for having us. - John Symons
70: The funny thing is, at this table, I've known Lee the least amount of time, but they're all very shy. The first time I met Lee I was in Hawaii and all of a sudden three strangers were scaling the wall and jumping into the backyard of the rental that we were at. They really brought a sense of fun with them. And ever since then, every time I've seen Lee he's really had a good sense of fun that we all appreciate. Then we met Sara and the interesting thing about Sara was the first time we met her we felt like we'd known her a lot longer than we had. She's a very open person, very easy to talk to I found - we all found. And we think that you two are a beautiful couple and we wish you every blessing in your marriage. - Todd Turnidge | You know we first met Sara almost 12 years ago at Christmas time and we really liked her then and over the last couple of years we have gotten to know her better and we like her a lot more. And today Lee and Sara have chosen to get married and I just think they have both shown incredibly good judgment. We wish them a lifetime of happiness. -Bud Buttrill
71: In the last three years, I feel like we've seen Sara go through a lot. There were days when she'd be eating her breakfast and she'd say, "Yeah, I'm a vegetarian today!"And I'd say, "Oh, are you? Okay." Then two weeks later, I'd ask, "So how's that vegetarian thing going?" And she'd say, "Oh, that's over." And we saw her dating, and not being serious, and it seemed to me that in some way that she was waiting for Lee to come back. Then, next thing we knew, there's Lee and he's showing up at everything, every happy hour - even when it's a girl's happy hour. But he was great to have there and just fit into the group and didn't mind being with a bunch of nerdy scientists or maybe he did, but he pretended like it didn't bother him. Anyway, I'm so glad that we are all here today. And you are so happy and looking so beautiful with your true love. -Kristi Good
72: We've got a pretty tight family, the Symons Family. We've been on the same farm since before the beginning of the last century, so there are a lot of roots there in a lot of different ways. What I really enjoy about being here is I got a call from Sara that said, "You so have to come out here because you have to meet Lee." So we were trying to figure out when I would come out and it was like, "You know what you are coming for Thanksgiving." Okay, well I can take an order like anybody. So I came out and I met Bud and Judy as well as Lee for the first time. We absolutely had a blast, including one of the lousiest football games I've ever been to. [Lee, "Go Buffs!"] It was just a lot of fun and I knew that Sara, in addition to having our family, who loves her dearly, that she's actually gaining another family and extending our family. So instead of just Symons' there are Symons' and Buttrills and it just feels like a larger family with kind of the core being Lee and Sara. So, I'd like to raise a toast to Lee and Sara and an extended family. - Gail Symons
73: Sara is very special in our family and Lee will be too. He hasn't been to the ranch yet and he's welcome, and bring Sara! - Fay Symons | Fay just made me think of something . . . Sara and I both have some grandparents all over this country and when Fay and Ed said that they could make it down tonight we were both, well, it was good news. Good news in the kind of way that you cry a little bit when you hear it. And my Mom's parents, well, they've passed on. But my Dad's parents, they are still with us, they just couldn't make the trip tonight - that also made us cry a little bit too. Family means a lot to both of us and I'd like to make a toast to everyone that couldn't be here tonight even though they are here in our hearts. - Lee Buttrill
74: I'm Uncle Chuck. Lee is my nephew. Sara is a former pink-haired, first-time meet - an interesting and unique individual who we had many scientific discussion with. I would like to thank them for inviting all of us to this glorious event. The glider was special, the butterfly was miraculous, and this hail storm is memorable forever. Congratulations! - Chuck Caraway | I wasn’t planning to cry . . . or make a toast. But Sara and Lee are so inspiring that I couldn’t resist. I remember when Sara was born and I’m so happy to see this moment when she’s married. I’m so proud of you. You are really an inspiration and a wonderful human being. So here’s a toast to my sister and the wonderful man she is marrying. - Dana Symons
75: I think everything happens for a reason. I met Sara when I was, gosh, 15 and I don't really remember it. I just remember Lee brought the girlfriend home for Christmas and it was kind of weird, but it was cool. And I don't no why it didn't work out, I don't remember. Then for a while Lee went off to the Marine Corps and toward the end I think that he thought, "I don't know if I'm ever going to find anybody." I don't know, but it seemed like that was kind of the attitude. So then he goes back to Boulder to school and we're talking one day on the phone and he says "Do you remember this girl Sara who came for Christmas a long time ago? Well, I think we're going to go for coffee." And I'm like, "Oooo!" and he's like, "No, we're just going to go out. It's no big deal." But anyway, here we are - I guess coffee does good things! But I just wanted to say that everything happens for a reason and I'm just so glad that you guys ended up together. Because Sara I just love you, you're great - I hope we get to know each other a lot more. But you guys are just so thoughtful and I'm just so happy for you. Congratulations! - Brette Sterk | I did want to say after Chuck that that pink hair - that was at my wedding! [Lee, "She made a splash, baby!"] But it was memorable and I loved it!
76: I'd like to say a few words even though I don't really know the couple as well as I hope to get to know them. [Lee, "No, you do!] Well, you've actually made my point, I do know you. I know you are impressive people. I know you're smart, I know you're energetic, I know you're kind, I know you're good citizens. I know those things. Speaking from my viewpoint, my generation, I wanted to tell you how impressed I am with the total organization of things. It's incredible. And what is the most impressive are those words that you said to each other during the ceremony, and the promises that you made to each other, and the promises that were made to you. So I want to congratulate you and to tell you how impressed we are. We're most happy to have been invited and it's wonderful to be here. - Jim Sides | You know this table referred to itself as "geeky scientists". Well, I want you to know that I'm a geeky scientist - so let's stick together here! - Bud Buttrill | To Geeks!
77: A mid-century American social commentator, Eric Hoffer, wrote that the “most difficult arithmetic is that which we use to count our blessings”. And this evening I count Lee and Sara’s marriage as number one. Thanks guys. | Specifically regarding me, in a white suit marrying you guys: Last August, I would have sworn you were kidding. Last January, I would have sworn you were crazy! Last Saturday, I swear, that was awesome. Thanks again for a once-in-lifetime experience, and congratulations! Good times had by all. “reverend jimmy” | Toast: | Follow-up email:
78: The first time I met Sara I was cooking at Red Robin. And she walked by and I did this [gawking after her and then jerking back], “Oh yeah, I’m making burgers”. Later when I got back to Colorado after a little time in the sand box I was sitting in the quad with a buddy of mine studying up for a final. And this girl walks by and she was beautiful and I knew her and her name was Sara and I’d loved her for a whole long time and I didn’t remember until I saw her again. And I asked her to coffee. And coffee turned into engagement and true love and marriage and the happiest part of my life. And I just love her so much. And I just have to say something before I start completely crying. There’s a song that we are dancing to tonight by a guy named Jack Johnson that goes, “Love is the answer to most of the questions in my heart”. And it’s almost true but it’s the answer to all the questions in my heart. And she’s the answer and I’m so happy that I was able to find you again.
79: Anyone want to follow that?
82: First Dance
83: Love is the answer to most of the questions in my heart - Jack Johnson
84: The Cutting of the Cake
88: Get Loose!
95: It's official!
97: Good times had by all!
99: I love her and that's the beginning of everything. - F. Scott Fitzgerald