|Photo by Paul Silva|
But our traditions aren't the only traditions, and throughout the world there are many, many lovely and fun ways to proclaim our commitment to one another.
When Brian (oldest son) and Shalise were engaged last year they naturally started gathering ideas for their big day. They knew they wanted to be outdoors, and very quickly decided on Malibu Creek State Park. The date was chosen by the availability of the space and the only open weekend in their time frame was March 6-8. Done.
Once the time and place were set they began researching different traditions and ceremonies, knowing more what they didn't want, than what they did. The result was three days of love, family, friends and fun.
In Germany couples are legally married the day prior to the wedding ceremony - because legal affairs are not allowed inside the church (true separation of church and state, how wonderful!). The couple felt this was a great tradition that was also very pragmatic, and they invited their immediate family to join them on Friday for the "legal part."
|Becoming husband and wife|
The photos don't truly capture the beauty of this place. Lush green hills with old growth oaks and clear blue skies. Nearly impossible to believe you're still in Los Angeles County!
|Location, location, location|
Saturday was clear and warm with no wind. And everything else was just as perfect as the weather. All of it. Magical.
|Picnic tables for seating under the oaks|
|Gravel clan coming together|
|Saying their vows|
|Explaining the analogy of cutting a log to the challenges of marriage|
We weren't staying (no place for the rig, not feeling the tent thing much anymore), and we had a good drive so we left Jeff with his tent and headed for home.
Is there anything more wonderful than seeing your children happy, in love, and preparing to bring their own child into the world?
|Cheers to love!|