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The Wedding: Moments After ‘I Do’


We met on Halloween, got engaged just before Valentine’s Day, and almost nine months from the day we laid eyes on each other, we were pronounced husband and wife. We decided to get married in Ukiah, CA where I grew up my entire life until college. From the moment my mom passed over the ‘Real Simple‘ ultimate wedding checklist last spring which recommends 9-18 months of planning, I knew we had our work cut out for us to make it in time for the big August 3rd date.

We chose the same church downtown where my parents got married over 30 years ago. We kept the ceremony brief and the vows traditional officiated by my hometown minister, Pastor Schulz. After the ‘I Do’s,’ Jakob and I walked down the aisle together in the packed church of smiling faces. We took a few minutes to ourselves as our family and friends who traveled from far and near gathered out front. Nervous, but excited, I held onto his arm through the church doors seeing guests prepared to shower us with environmentally friendly heart-shaped wedding rice…

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Many of Jakob’s German and Swiss friends flew in from Europe for the wedding. They rented the most all-American cars they could find from a Dodge Challenger with orange racing stripes to this convertible Ford Mustang which we drove away in the most appropriate small town Nor-Cal wedding exit I could imagine. Coming this Wednesday, ‘The Wedding Dress,’ ‘Top 10 Wedding Tips,’ ‘The Reception’ and ‘The Details’… pics via SummerWilsonPhoto

My facebook timeline is full of pics from friends at weddings right now. Have you been to one this summer?


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  1. What a beautiful bride! Looks like the perfect day.

  2. So beautiful! These pictures are perfect 🙂

  3. Dale, you looked absolutely perfect! I am so happy for you and may you enjoy this new married phase of your life! I love being married! xx Pip
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  4. Dale, you and now your new husband look stunning. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos and this special moment.

  5. Aunt Karen says:

    You are so beautiful Dale! You didn’t post picks of the departure! So cute how Jakob picked you up and sat you on the back of the car. You two drove away waving to your guests! Yes, a very California exit!!

  6. You were a beautiful bride, Dale!!…I hope your days of life…each and every day…stays as beautiful as that day! 🙂

  7. I love the idea of the “all-American” cars, such fun! That’s so sweet that you got married in the same church as your parents. I can’t wait to see more!

  8. You look gorgeous gal! Re-reading this I forgot how quickly everything happened. What an exciting whirlwind and wonderful story to begin your collective future with. I can’t wait to see and hear more details. What are your plans now? Are you going to be residing stateside or heading back to the EU? Either way I’d love to catch up and dish about this, that & the other 😉


  9. Oh Dale thanks for sharing. I’ve loved reading about your fairytale love story, it’s givin’ this single gal some hope – maybe my next foray to the USA will see the same thing happen to me LOL ;o) Just putting it out there. Anyway darling your dress is beautiful, simple but so elegant. You both are beautiful together and I sincerely wish you both endless happiness together.


  10. You looked absolutely beautiful and so happy! Jakob is a lucky man (and he looks ecstatic in these pictures to have you as a bride). 🙂

  11. So romantic! Congrats and good luck 🙂

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  12. Lovely pics! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! xo T.

  13. Such a beautiful couple, and a lovely wedding!! Gorgeous, gorgeous 🙂

  14. You looked beautiful Dale. Your husband is so sharp! You guys had a great day.

  15. Whitney @ To Live and Diet in L.A. says:

    You looked so beautiful! Congratulations again girl!!

  16. Congrats Dale! You look flawless and so stunning, love your gown too! Wish you all the best!:) You both are an amazing couple! How nice you you got married in the same church of your parents:)Kisses!

  17. You look very beautiful Dale!! Love the pictures and you both look great together. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. I wish you all the best for the future 🙂

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  18. Congratulations! You look beautiful!!!!!

  19. Dale!!!

    Im so late Im just now seeing these pics. Absolutley beautiful and amazing! I am so proud of you!



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