Aaron & Darci

celebrate their wedding with friends and family

13 August 2006

Santarella:  The Gingerbread House in Tyringham, Massachusetts

The Pond

Aaron, Lucas, Rhodes, Ken, and Nate offer their a capella rendition of the Pachelbel Canon in D, while ....

.... Madi and Meri lead the happy procession ....

.... and Bill escorts Darci down the rose petal path.

Misha reads from poet, Rainer Maria Rilke:

For one human being to love another human being:  that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us.  Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.

Petrina shares words by Maureen Tolman Flannery with her good friends:

What is a vow, but an intention spoken out before the world so that the world, in hearing, might take part in aspirations of the willing heart?

In our coming here today to join and bless the joy of your becoming wed, may we enter in the truth of the words you've said, "I do".

Bev and Barbara pass on the wisdom of the poet Khalil Gibran to their daughter and son:

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

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 of you be alone.
Even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.

For only the hands 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.

The vows are said ....

.... and Misha reads her poem:

Is the will to live
Not only for the small self
But also beyond, out
In the forest of lives.

Infinity is the great giving over
Of your heart,
That courageous little bird,
To another, placing it
In their open palms.

How can we fathom the gravity
And everydayness of this turn,
This leap, this force of love
That calls us to be vast?

Then, rings are exchanged ....

.... hands are held ....

.... and kisses are kissed!!  (How many kisses?  Just move your cursor on and off the image to see!)

A new phase in a shared life begins.  Woohoooooooo!!!!

The Palmquist clan (including their new son/brother/uncle) pose for the wedding photographer ....

.... then head for the Great Hall filled with flowers, food, friends, family, and fun!!!

Hank, Barbara, Misha and Scott laugh and listen while ....

Nate, Rhodes, Aaron, Ken, and Lucas serenade the festive crowd!

Darci and Aaron take part in the traditional "Cutting of the Wedding Cupcake" ....

.... then start off the dancing ....