So as promised, here's the photo essay on the wedding!
I believe I've mentioned before this was held at Oddfellow's Park in Olympia, WA. The Oddfellows is an interesting group, and we thank them for graciously providing the perfect setting for our wedding (we're strongly considering joining them ourselves).
Things began on Friday with some pre-set-up, mostly involving some of us bringing stuff over in advance – such as the beef and shrimp kebabs I prepared – but perhaps most importantly was the arbor which our friend Larry (who's basically Jessi's "adopted father" for all intents and purposes) built for us:
In the picture above, you can see Larry and his wife Sibyl (who is, naturally, Jessi's "adopted mother") with the truck, having just brought the arbor to where it'll be set up.
And this photo above, Jessi and I pose with Larry and Sibyl – I think you can figure out who's who.
After getting it out of the truck, naturally, we had to set it up so it wouldn't blow away in the wind or anything…
…so Larry, who's a very handy guy to know, put some stakes into the ground and tied it down real good!
Larry reminds me a lot of Stan Lee… he's got a lot of charisma. He doesn't really look or sound much like Stan, admittedly, but when I talk to him, I'm certainly reminded of "The Man"!
The weather on Friday really showed off the view of Mount Rainier in the distance:
Unfortunately, the next day (the actual day of the wedding), the mountain was mostly covered in clouds.
Here's a shot of Jessi and I from the day before the wedding, taking a break from the set-up:
I'll tell you what – that day I got more comments on my "Let It Be" t-shirt than I have every other day I've worn it!
Here's a shot from Saturday, as we were getting the benches set up in front of the arbor… hmm, starting to look like a wedding's going to take place, doesn't it?
My mother, Edith, was in charge of the flowers on display at the ceremony itself (although not the bouquets). Unfortunately, the flowers she was growing for the arbor weren't blooming yet, but she came up with a more than acceptable alternative. Looks nice, doesn't it?
Here's some shots of the entire spread, with all the flowers in place:
The guitar you see here belongs to Jessi's friend Erik, who played the music for the ceremony.
In the interests of full disclosure, all these shots with the flowers are from after the rehearsal, as my parents were running a little behind (I think traffic was heavy coming down from Tacoma that day).
Mom really did a great job with the flowers, don't you agree?
With the exception of the grapevine on the arbor, all these flowers are actual living flowers, not cut… most of them are still in these same pots in our backyard (we've been giving the smaller pots as gifts to those people who helped us out the most with planning the wedding).
And here's my beautiful bride, getting her hair and makeup done for the event:
Some closeups of the flowers Mom prepared for us… I should mention here that most of these photos are courtesy of our good friend Paul, who kindly took on the job of "official wedding photographer." Other photos were taken by my mother and our friend Kathy (who made Jessi's dress), and a few other people too – I'd credit each photo if I knew for sure who took which one!
These flowers are the bouquets made by Jessi's friend Jacci, who did an excellent job – this was her first time doing "bouquet balls," and she learned how to make them from a webpage!
We'll definitely get in touch with her for all our future bouquet needs!
Here's a shot of Krypto, taking a break while waiting for his turn in the spotlight:
Believe me, if he hadn't been dosed with some "puppy prozac" (as was his sister, KO), there's no way he would've been this calm!
This shot was taken inside the building at the site, showing the charter for this branch of the Odd Fellows (which I'd imagine you can learn more about through Wikipedia):
To save some time later in the day, Jessi and I helped fill in all the marriage license stuff with Randy, who performed the ceremony. (Shhh! Don't tell anyone!)
This gentleman is Glen, our contact with the Odd Fellows, and a kinder gentleman we could never hope to meet! It was a sincere pleasure to deal with him, and he was available to us the entire day!
Here's ceremony guitarist Erik, and an "artsy" photo of his guitar!
A few close-ups of Krypto and KO from the rehearsal:
And another shot of Jessi's bouquet, also taken at the rehearsal:
A series of shots from the rehearsal… Larry escorts Jessi, KO acts as "dog of honor," Larry's daughter Sam as maid of honor, my brother Jeff as best man, Krypto as "groomsdog," my niece Kassie as flower girl, Randy performing the ceremony!
After the rehearsal, my nice Kassie wanted to walk KO around on the leash a bit:
She wanted to take Krypto, too… but even drugged, I didn’t want to risk the two dogs pulling her all over the park!
In this shot, Jessi's trying to get KO to wear some pearl bracelets she'd made… KO didn't want anything to do with them, and so they were incorporated on her collar instead!
My brother Jeff's wife, Kristi, was responsible for decorating the bubbles we were giving out as favors (we figured mostly the kids would want 'em, but there were a lot left over afterwards!).
Between these pictures, I think you'll be able to see the very nice ribbons she got made up for decorating the bubble bottles!
Here's Kathy (who made Jessi's dress) with Randy (who officiated the ceremony):
Jessi and her Maid of Honor, Sam, getting ready for the big event:
Jeff, Krypto and I head down to the waterfront setting as Jessi's getting ready:
Jessi and her flower girl, my niece Kassie, relaxing before the ceremony:
We were able to use an RV owned by Larry and Sibyl for changing clothes in, parked down fairly close to where the ceremony was held.
Here you see some of the guests waiting for the ceremony to begin:
My niece, Alisha, with my parents' video camera, setting up to record the ceremony:
The hat on the camera is my dad's.
Of course, you know there couldn't be a wedding for me without some Superman iconography, right? So naturally, I wore my Superman watch…
And Krypto, naturally, had one of his "S-Shield" tags on!
Here's an exterior view of the RV we used for changing clothes:
The ceremony begins as Jessi, Larry, Sam, Kassie and KO head from the RV down to the ceremony area!
Randy, Jeff, Krypto and I standing up front (you can't see Erik off to the side in the first pic, but he's there, playing the guitar):
The procession begins:
The attendants take charge of the dogs during the ceremony, so we've got our hands free:
Doesn't Jessi look absolutely amazing in her dress?
This shot may have been during the "Blessing of the Rings" with the four classic elements of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.
Exchanging of the rings:
My niece Christi does the reading:
The Unity portion of the ceremony, wherein we pour sand from two different containers into one, symbolizing our becoming united:
"You may kiss the bride…"
After being introduced for the first time as Jon and Jessi Knutson, we proceed with the dogs up the aisle!
The receiving line:
Some post-receiving line "posed shots":
Posing with my parents (I don't know why we didn't get any pics with Jessi's "adoptive parents"):
On to the reception! Jessi's friend, Tifney, was in charge of organizing the potluck, and she did a great job. Tifney's husband, Mark, ran the grill, preparing the kebabs I made, a salmon he caught, burgers and hotdogs and more!
Our toasting flutes:
Jessi and I sit down to enjoy the buffet!
Our wedding cakes, which Jeff's wife, Kristi, arranged:
For the toast, we had champagne, sparkling cider, sparking grape juice, and more!
Best man Jeff delivers his toast:
Feeding each other a piece of cake – this first picture shows Jessi telling me not to smoosh it in her face – as if I'd ever consider doing that!
Cutting and serving the wedding cake:
My niece Andrea enjoying the bubbles:
Jeff and my nephew RJ:
Jeff and his wife Kristi:
Jessi with her "adopted mom, sisters and niece":
The local eagle showed up partway through the reception, but didn't seem interested in the event:
after the reception, naturally, we had to clean up and pack up… one of the coolers was way too heavy to move, so we were pulling out handfuls of ice and throwing it out to reduce the weight!
Opening presents (and we got some very lovely presents, too!):
So as you can see, it was a most wonderful day…
And then, as you know if you read the entry below, about 3 am Sunday morning, I started feeling some pain in my abdomen, and had to get my gall bladder removed (some fun, eh?). Here's some photos from our "hospital honeymoon!"
And for our entertainment… window washers!
One more wedding shot, to wrap this up on a positive image!
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