The endless speculation has ended. Tamie and I have been weighing the seemingly endless possibilities of a wedding for many many moons…we ended it all on April 27 overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a small Alaskan island.
We decided a few weeks back that we were ready to be married and that we wanted to exchange our vows in the most intimate and personal setting: just the two of us. So, Wednesday was an unusually sunny day in Kodiak and I was able to leave work early, and we thought, “All signs say ‘Go’.” So we went.
We had to hike a bit to get to our chosen place, though the Sitka spruce trees. Just before we began our little ceremony, a plane few over, fairly close to us (there is a take off point nearby), and she tipped her wing to us.
I am excited to be married. I loved the intimacy and stress-free nature of saying our vows in private. Marriage was the next step for us, and we are both very happy. With Tamie, I have a friend, a partner in life, and a lover.
For all of you, my dear family and friends, we will be having a reception/party sometime to celebrate our union. It will probably be in Arizona, which may be a ways to travel for some, but trust me, Arizona is worth it. As for the time of the aforementioned reception/party, we have yet to decide. Stay tuned.
Regarding the honeymoon….we will probably delay the honeymoon for a while. Within the next few weeks we will be heading out for commercial salmon fishing. Tamie’s family has a fish site on a remote area in Kodiak Alaska, and we will be fishing this summer, working long days!, saving up money for our move to Tempe, AZ this fall. (We have absolutely loved living in Kodiak and have made some remarkably close connections in a short period of time, and we are sad to leave. But it seems like this is the best next step for us.) We are not sure when or where on the honeymoon, but the one of our top possibilities is Israel. Tamie lived in Israel while she was growing up, and I would be thrilled to see the geography and people of this region, which is so significant to Christianity and, indeed, to all of Western Civilization!
Here are a few photographs of our ceremony.