Our Wedding at Wild Lane Bed & Breakfast, July 5 2003

 

Setting Up

We wanted to get married outside, but lived in a townhome with a small patio. Chris' family lives in Maryland and Nina's family lives in New Mexico. So we decided to "borrow" the lovely gardens and grounds at the Wild Lane Bed and Breakfast in Loveland, CO.

It was perfect!

John Logalbo, one of Chris' groomsmen and close friends from Maryland.
 
 

Chris and his groomsmen (Chuck Lorence-Best Man, David Belleavoine, Scott McCauley and Johnny Logalbo and Scott's son Jason McCauley).

All of the groomsmen are Chris' friends from childhood in Maryland.

Chris and his best man Chuck Lorence.
 
Chris reviews the wedding sermon with Rev. Gail Denton.
Malin, a dear friend from Sweden, we met while she was attending college in Colorado.
Groomsman David Belleavoine.
Malin, Nina's mother Mary Gray McGee and Chris' grandmother Marian Harris.
A group of musicians (violin, cello and guitar) play Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Schubert: Ave Maria and Puccini: O Mio Babbino Caro, while the wedding guests take their seats.
Chris' sister Jennafer was our guest book attendant and helped pass out wedding programs.
The McGee clan... several of Nina's aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

The Ceremony

Groomsman Scott McCauley walks Chris' grandmother Marian down the aisle.
The baskets of wild flowers looked lovely but caused some photography issues and made the aisle too narrow and difficult to walk down!
 
Groomsman Johnny Logalbo walks Chris' parents George and Diana Little down the aisle.
 
 
Chris walks down the aisle with Rev. Gail Denton.
Chris looking a wee bit nervous....
Rev. Gail Denton welcomes the guests with a passage from Chief Dan George.

The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass, speak to us. The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea, speak to us. The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrop on the flower, speak to us. The strength of the fire, the taste of salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, speak to us.

And our hearts soar.

Groomsman Johnny Logalbo and Nina's sister and bridesmaid Juliette McGee walk down the aisle.
Groomsman Scott McCauley and Nina's sister and bridesmaid Bethany McGee walk down the aisle.
Groomsman David Belleavoine and Nina's dear friend and bridesmaid Elise Fagan walk down the aisle.
Groomsman Scott McCauley's son Jason makes an adorable ring bearer.
Isn't he cute!?
Nina's cousin Aiyana Emigh makes a lovely flower girl.
Aiyana looks beautiful and very much like Nina when she was a flower girl.
The boys waiting at the front of the line.
During the processional, Ash Grove, a Folk Song; Pachelbel: Canon in D and Bach: Air on the G-String plays.
Nina walks down the aisle with her father John Neilson and mother Mary Gray McGee.
The girls wait at the front of the line.
Nina offers a white rose to her new mother-in-law Diana and Chris gives a white rose to his new mother-in-law Mary Gray.
Nina's dearest childhood friend Megan McCarthy reads a poem from "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran.
Love One Another

Love one another, but make not a bond of love
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping;
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together yet not too near together;
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Chris' friend Scott Frost films the wedding as a gift.
Chris reads his vows.

 

Nina, You are the most loving, caring, and amazing person I’ve ever known. You’re doing me the greatest honor by being here with me today.

Since we’ve met, you’ve constantly been in my thoughts, my heart, my life and my world; and I couldn’t imagine a single second without you in any of them.

I don’t know what the future holds for us, they’re will be both good times and bad times, I’m sure. But whatever the future may bring, I have strength and courage from knowing that we’ll face it side by side, together.

In our new life together, I promise to never judge you, I’ll love you without question, I’ll encourage you to follow your dreams, I’ll comfort you, laugh with you, and cry with you, whatever may come.

I also promise to kiss all of your boo-boos, love your dog, and keep cooking all sorts of delicious muffins for you…so long as you keep boosting my ego by calling me “the Muffin Man”.

I love you Nina.

 

Nina reads her vows.

 

Your love is a sanctuary where I find calm, comfort and shelter.

Your love is a playground where I find joy, laughter and freedom.

Your love is a library full of wisdom, support and understanding.

Your love is my home where I find peace at the end of each day.

Your love completes me.

You have my heart.

 
Chris' college friend Kathy Langdon reads a passage from "The Velveteen Rabbit."

 

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real."

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Chris and Nina exchange wedding rings.
 
Rev. Gail Denton spoke the following words.

 

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness for you. You are two persons and there is one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place. Enter into the days of your togetherness. And may your days be good and long together.

Ahhhhhh... the first wedded kiss.
The triumphant walk down the aisle as husband and wife.

 

During the recessional, Vivaldi: Spring from the Four Seasons; Bach: Wachet Auf and Bach: Arioso plays.

The Maid of Honor Emily Livingston is responsible for Chris and Nina meeting each other.
Elise and David
Bethany and Scott
Juliette and Johnny
Aiyanna and Jason
Reverend Gail Denton

 

Eating

The bridal table, where Chris and Nina hardly had a chance to eat!
 
 
Love this picture, don't know why, just do! It's so candid!
Emily and Bethany having a good laugh!
Bethany and Juliette
Juliette and Elise
Without the veil, the flowers on Nina's head made her look a bit like Minnie Mouse!
Gotta love those boys!
Johnny and Chuck.... auditioning for "GQ".
Bethany helps Nina out with her flowers. Nina's sisters did everyone's hair for the wedding.
A lovely shot of the wedding table.
Since we got married on July 5, we originally wanted to serve 4th of July picnic food, (hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, potato salad, wings, cole slaw, corn on the cob, cup cakes and ice cream), but the chef was horrified!
So..... we decided on a more formal and sophisticated brunch with sweet breads, croissants, cheese blitzs, fresh fruit, build your own omelets, potatoes and breakfast meats. Plus, we served mimosas and local micro-brewed beer.
We had roughly 100 guests.
It was a gorgeous July day, not a cloud in the sky!
Maid of Honor, Emily Livingston, smiles for the camera. She got engaged just days after our wedding!
Our friend Marcus, from Sweden, has some fun with a disposable camera.
Erin and Aiyana, take photos of Nina's cousins Ruben and Ernie. Ruben and Erin married in August of 2007.
 
 
 
Jeez, we both look a little drunk!
Ruben takes a photo of the person taking a photo of him....
The bridal table chows down!
 
 
Nina's cousin Ernie and friends Susan and Kathy.
Nina's bridesmaids and sisters Juliette and Bethany hug Nina's cousin and flower girl Aiyana.

How sweet...

 
Malin gets up close and personal with the camera.
 
Malin and Anders, our dear friends from Sweden, stayed illegally in the USA with expired Visas, to attend our wedding.

Now that's friendship!

Chris' close childhood friend Cary Moyer.
Johnny and Marcus
 
Scott Frost documenting this wonderful day!
Check out Nina's dress. Isn't it pretty? Too bad, it was huge on her, like a big, white tent!
Scott McCauley
The Best Man Chuck Lorence gives his speech.

 

Cutting the Cake

Chris makes a move toward the cake.
Together, Chris and Nina start to slice.
Almost there...
Oh my God, it's the biggest piece of wedding cake in history!
It almost broke the plate!
We went with a strawberries and cream cake and a chocolate, hazelnut cake.
Nina goes for the traditional wedding cake shove.
Chris does the obligatory liking of the fingers.

 

Dancing

The couple hit the dance floor to Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You."

Cheesy we know.....

 
Chris and Nina having fun...
We talked the entire time....
 
Then, Nina hit the dance floor with her dad John.
In honor of her love for all things French and her Dad paying for years of French lessons, Nina chose "La Vie en Rose," by Edith Piaf.
 
 
Next, Chris danced with his mother Diana.
Chris chose the song "Close to You" by The Carpenters, since they were the voices behind his parents' wedding song, "We've Only Just Begun".
 
 
Don't they look happy!?
Then, the entire bridal party hit the dance floor!
We danced to the sweet sounds of Frank Sinatra.
 
 
 
 
Nina's uncle Sears dancing with his wife Marni.
Chris dances with his friend Dorota from Poland.
Erin and Ruben, Nina and Chuck, Chris and Dorota and Sears and Marni dance together.
 
Malin chats with Chris' grandmother Marian Harris.
Nina's sisters examine their shoes while talking to Lisa Gross, Nina's childhood friend.
Maid of Honor Emily Livingston with future husband John Koechel.
Nina's very special Great Aunt Doris Peters attended the wedding at the last minute. She wasn't supposed to attend our wedding due to the high altitude in Colorado, but she managed to convince her doctors to let her drive instead of fly. Some distance relatives of Nina's (the Glanvilles) drove Doris to the wedding.
Nina's sisters Juliette and Bethany put on quite a performance on the dance floor!
Then, there was some jitterbugging....
Nina's Aunt Alice nearly spun her off the dance floor!
 
Bethany and Chuck get their groove on...
Juliette shows Alice how to jitterbug. Juliette is a very good dancer!
Now, everyone is doing the jitterbug!
That girl can dance!!!
Aiyana hits the dance floor...
 
Nina's sister Juliette shows their mom Mary Gray how the dance is done.
 
 
Looks like they're having a blast!
 
Meanwhile, Bethany gives Chuck a dance lesson.
Scott Frost doesn't miss a thing!
 
Now everyone watch and follow Juliette!
Now is when we really start to get creative and make a "chapel archway" out of the bridesmaids dress sashes.
 
Here goes the bride... doing the limbo under the arch of sashes.
Back for another round...
The Best Man Chuck takes a turn.
Nina cuts again and goes for a third round.
Chris decides to get in on the action! Look at that form...
Chris and Nina show them how it's done!
How low can you go?
Can you twist like this?
Malin and Marian taking a break.
Bethany, Juliette and Mary Gray relaxing in the shade.
 
The boys take over the dance floor. Go Scott! Go Johnny!
Are David and Johnny doing the butt?
Now, Jean and Johnny are definitely doing the butt!
Yep, that's definitely YMCA!
"It's fun to stay at the YMCA!"
Blast from the 70s!
Uh oh... there's gonna be some breakdancing!
Malin and Nina do the "boob bounce."
Nina and her Swedish Twin Malin.
Malin and Anders
 
 
Ahhhh... aren't they the cutest!? We went to their wedding in Sweden in January of 2007.
Oh dear.... you know someone is going to take over the center!
Damn, look at Scott go! That boy can dance!
 
Jenny McCauley getting her groove on with Chris' sister Jennafer.
 
Chris and Marcus giggling about something....
We knew it.... Johnny takes over center stage!
Oh no! The groom busts a move!
Looks like it's Cary's turn to "drop it old school."
Now Johnny Law takes his turn.
Scott shows them how it's done!
Even the Swedes are getting in on the action!
But the girls won't be out done.............
They decide to put on a performance!
Nina, Juliette, Bethany and Emily dance and lip sync to 50s bee bop.
"I love him, I love him, I love him"....
"and where he goes I'll follow, I'll follow, I'll follow".......
"he'll always be my true love, my true love, my true love"..........
"for now until forever, forever, forever"........
The girls put the boys to shame! We had a blast!
We were dancing non-stop in 100 degree heat (and I was in a wedding dress I might add!).
 
 
 
 
 
"And now, we're going to the chapel"......
"and we're gonna get married"......
"and we're going to the chapel of love".....
That was work!
Elise shows us how it's done!
"And now you flick and twirl".........
 
Aiyana decides to join the big girls.
 
We staged one heck of a performance!
 
 
 
We owned the dance floor!
 
 
Juliette long ago decided to ditch her heels!
I am Bethany, hear me roar!!
What a sweet photo.... Emily, Elise and Nina
Chris decides it's time to "grind" Nina's little sisters!
Better yet, he'll just grind Nina.
Ahhhhhh... look at the happy couple!

 

The Bouquet and Garter Toss

Nina awaiting instructions....
Look at all those single girls! But not for long.... Megan, Malin, Maya, and Emily all married girls now!
And guess who should catch the bouquet.....
Chris' sister Jennafer!!
Time for the garter belt.....
Notice Nina's sister Bethany cat calling!
Chris, the naughty boy, uses his teeth!
And guess who should catch the garter belt....
Johnny Law!!!
Too bad, Jennafer and Johnny grew up together.
They're like brother and sister!

 

Making Our Exit

Malin and Anders gave us this wonderful, hand made card.
The boys secretly "decorated" Chris' Jeep for the occasion.
No limos for us! We live in Colorado!
Hmmmm.... somehow Cary got a hold of Scott's camera....
 
 
However will the bride "launch" herself into the monster Jeep?
By stepping on poor Johnny's back!
And the bride is in.....
 
Now that's a site you don't see driving down the highway every day!
 
 
And they're off.... heading to the Hotel Boulderado Honeymoon Suite!
 
The boys couldn't find any cans, so they resorted to plastic cups!
And there they go... the happy couple.... toward their new life together!

 

Movies

Swing

Old Time Rock & Roll

Baby Got Back