Tying the knot

My husband proposed Feb 18th, 2007. August 23, 2009 we became one. Mr. and Mrs.

 I want to share with you some very special pictures. Glad we spent tons on Photographer, because really they captures my favorites.

We decided to have a very, very small wedding. We are not big fancy people, but wanted something that reflected who we are, and what we want to become as a couple. Our marriage ceremony was outside ( yup it rained later) in a beautiful gardened called Yaddo’s.  We didn’t need fancy flowers because the gardens were full of roses.  Its a cute little place and I suggest that you check it out. It really is a great place and we can’t wait to go back every year to celebrate our marriage. OH did I tell you the guest list was small? Yup less than 30 people. WE didn’t want no craziness, just a good old relaxing time.

Then we took our outrage to a gorgeous  little place in Saratoga, NY. Longfellows, where we had the most delicious food.

1st course- assorted olives, fresh fruit, marinated mushrooms, soft cheese, blooming onion dip with pita chips, banquettes, homemade brushetta

2nd course- mixed baby greens with julienne veggies and homemade mozzarella cheese, fresh calamari in a lemon butter sauce

3rd course: your choice of veal milanses, fresh clams and mussels, roasted veggies, Parmesan risotto, fusilli with Italian sausage, grilled Delmonico steak in a balsamic glaze,

For dessert: A  butter Almond Cake with dark chocolate mousse filling


Welcome. you have been invited here because it is the most significant time in Janelle and Alan’s life, which they share with those they love and care about. Every marriage needs the love, nurturing and support of a network of family and friends. you are the community with who this couple will celebrate life’s special moments and to who they will turn to in times of need. Each and every one of you have shared and contributed to their lives in the past, and by witnessing their marriage ceremony today, Janelle and Alan would like you to share in their future as well.


marriage is a commitment of life, to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal: a joining that is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s mos important relationships. A wife and husband are each others best friends, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller:memories are fresher: commitment is stronger; even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life. When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer that any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.


Alan, do you promise to encourage Janelle, to stand by her side, to share laughter during the good times, and stand strong through the bad? To dry her tears when necessary and offer a kind word when needed? To share all you have to offer? Do you come here with love and without reservation to join together with this women in marriage?  I do.

Janelle, do you promise to encourage Alan, to stand by his side, to share laughter during the good times, and stand strong through the bad? To dry her tears when necessary and offer a kind word when needed? To share all you have to offer? Do you come here with love and without reservation to join together with this man in marriage?  I do.


Family love is the dynastic awareness of time, this shared belonging to a chain of generations…we collaborate together to root each other in a dimension of time longer than our own lives.
Lodged in heart and memory. by Michael Ignatieff

Vows (have written on cards/read to one another)

Groom: as we stand together, I take in my hand the hand of my bride, my beloved. To you dear lady who stands as the mother of this, my chosen one, I say thank you Carol. I thank you for giving her life, for giving her beauty, for giving her the sweetness i adore, for giving her the good sense to say yes to me. I vow that I will never cause you concern for her well being, that I will indeed love and cherish her, and treat her with that love each day. She will be my moon and my starts, her needs will be my first concern. And to you Blake, who stands as her father, I promise to honor and protect her, though i will never replace you in her life or in her heart. I will be, as you were, her guardian and her champion. I shall love her for as long as I shall live.

Bride: My dearest, I have promised to love you forever, and in doing so, I also promise my love and respect to those two people who have nurtured you, taught you, and prepared you for this time and place. To you Sue, the mother of my husband, I promise to love and protect in my heart this son, who is always a part of your heart, who came from your body, whose life is a part of your life. I will give him joy and trust, laughter and solace, compassion and strength. I will be as strong in his life as wife, as you have been as mother. To you his father, Don, I pledge to trust this man who now and forever stands beside me. I thank you for his wit, for his knowledge and for teaching him the good sense to wait until the best came along. I do love him and with to be with him forever: for that love, i am also grateful to you. I am pleased that I am party of your family and that you are a part of mine.


Reading from the Sundial at yaddo’s in Saratoga Springs
Time is two slow for those who wait
to long for those who grieve
too short for those who rejoice
but for those who love time is eternity

Exchange of Rings

May I have the rings, please?  For thousands of years lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows.  The circle is a symbol of eternity.  It has no beginning and no end.  It has no point of weakness.  Janelle and Alan, may your love be as everlasting as these precious rings.  May they signify your love, trust, and faithfulness to one another.  In the years to come may they remind you of the magnificent joy of this special occasion.  May you always be as happy together as you are today.
Alan, as you place this ring on Janelle’s finger, look into her eyes and repeat after me:
With this ring, I seal my pledge to you, to be your husband for all time.
janelle, as you place this ring on ALan’s finger, look into his eyes and repeat after me:
With this ring, I seal my pledge to you, to be your wife for all time.
Inasmuch as Janelle and ALan have consented together in marriage, and witnessed this consent before this company, have pledged their faith each to the other, and sealed this pledge with the exchange of rings, I pronounce that they are husband and wife together.

Final Blessing:

May your marriage bring you all that excitement a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another, not so much to fill your emptiness, as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete. The valley does not make a mountain less, but more. And the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you entice one another, but not compel on another. May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another. may you succeed in all-imporant ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, other say, I love you and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. may you enter into the mystery that is the awareness of one anothers’ presence, no more physical than spiritual. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one other happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.


Janelle and Alan have exchanged vows and rings before this company of family and friends, it is my privilege as a ordained minister to pronounce that they are husband and wife.

You may now kiss your bride

I present to you the first time, Mr. and Mrs.








2 Responses to Tying the knot

  1. Angelica C says:

    What a gorgeous ceremony! We had a friend do the photography for our wedding and they were nice. We procrastinated on ordering them and lost the negatives during Katrina. I keep saying when I lose 50 pounds we will take some more. Yeah right!

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