9.5.09 West Park Winery Wedding Megan & Kevin

Megan and Kevin’s wedding ceremony at the West Park Winery was held on the hill in the shade of megan-kevin-west-parkthe trees, urns filled with fuschia and pink roses and zinnias at the end of the aisle.  Kevin and his groomsmen wore tan suits and white shirts without ties.

We waited as the black stretch Lincoln Navigator carrying Megan and her bridesmaids inside rolled to a stop.  The bridesmaids stepped out in plum dresses and matching jeweled sandals.  The tiny ring bearers in tan suits, one with a green and navy tie, the other in a navy bow tie, followed their procession down the aisle.  Finally, Megan stepped out of the Navigator and took her father’s arm as Jeff played “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz on acoustic guitar.  Her hair was drawn up and fixed with a white flower beneath her veil.

kevin-megan-ceremonyCEREMONY READINGS:  Megan and Kevin’s parents did readings for the ceremony, first a poem by e.e. cummings, then selections from the Bible, followed by the reading of a prayer in Zulu by Kevin’s sister and an English translation.

The couple read the words of intent they had written for each wedding-first-danceother, Megan reminiscing about how they first met at “The Pig” where they stole their first kiss, Kevin relating in his charming South African accent how he came to know Megan, “within the pretty wrapping was the greatest gift” of his life.

The Reverend Puja Thomson presented the newlyweds in her lovely Scottish accent with final blessing; I looked up to notice a hawk circling overhead.  As the newlyweds kissed and walked down the aisle, Jeff strummed a song that had been written by Megan’s grandfather for her mother’s wedding years ago.

Megan and Kevin’s moving ceremony was just the beginning.  To honor Kevin’s South African heritage, their friend Mark acted as master of ceremonies, introducing the couple and the events.  A series of speeches followed, a lovely roast of the groom delivered by the Best Man, recounting their adventures traveling across Europe and ending with a quote written by Kevin at age 21 describing the meaning of life.  “Eat life, including the skin and the pits, so that when it comes time for you to die you don’t need to ask for a second chance.  There isn’t one.”

The music spanned the genres, including Belle and Sebastian, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael surprise-danceJackson and the Black Crowes.  One of the highlights featured Megan and her girls in sunglasses performing a surprise choreographed dance to, “Ladies Night” by Kool and the Gang.

From the ceremony vows to the speeches and unbridled enthusiasm on the dance floor, Megan and Kevin’s family and friends were amazing, guests who traveled literally from all over the world to share their day.  What a pleasure!

West Park Winery

Ceremony performed by Puja Thomson

Flowers by Floral Fantasies by Sara

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