June 14, 2010

The ceremony began with vocalist and friend Mae Bishop accompanied by Kaz on the guitar singing What a Wonderful World with her own special lyrics just for us.
Jim and I proceeded up the aisle with Karen, our "flower girl," leading the way and scattering rose petals.

[Vocalist Mae & Guitarist Kaz] [Jim & Robin] [Flower Girl Karen]

The Rev. Deborah Vaughan was our Officiant for the non religious ceremony that we had written ourselves.

[Rev. Deborah Vaughan] [Ceremony begins] [Jim & Robin]

Our first reading by Peter was from Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Luis Bernieres. We then recited the same vows that we had made
to each other at our unofficial "Union Ceremony" in Philadelphia at St. Clement's Church on this same date in 1975.

[Peter: first reading] [Jim's vows] [Robin's vows]

Our rings were once again blessed before we exchanged the same rings that we have worn since June 14, 1975.

[Jim presents Robin's ring] [Rings blessed] [Robin presents Jim's ring]

Next we performed the traditional Mexican Lasso ceremony with friends Lynn and Jim placing a loop over each of our shoulders.
Our second reading by our hostess Sandy was Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou, before our lassos were removed by Derek and Merelyn.

[Lynn & Jim place lasso] [Sandy: second reading] [Derek and Merelyn remove lasso]

After final words from Rev. Deb, Jim thanked our many hosts who had entertained us over the past month, Robin introduced his family
and Jim introduced many old friends who had come from afar, including the couple that introduced us in 1973.
Hal and Tom then were invited to come forward and act as our witnesses as we all signed our Marriage Certificate while Mae sang again.

[Rev. Deb final words] [Our thanks & announcements] [Vocalist Mae & Guitarist Kaz]

[Robin signs] [Jim signs] [Hal & Tom witness]

The ceremony ended with the traditional kiss and then the Rev. Rick Civilier, a longtime friend and colleague of Jim's,
delivered the champagne toast to the newly married couple.

[The Kiss] [The Kiss] [Rick toasts us]

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