Wedding Bells

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.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

9 thoughts on “Wedding Bells”

  1. Dear Jon and Tami, I am so very happy for the both of you, you are a way cool couple. The setting for your wedding day I believe is both beautiful and very intimate and special, and the gorgeous landscape seems very fitting!
    I wish you both the best of everything, for sure.
    Love~ Peace~ Hope~ Good Karma~ Always!


  2. CONGRATULATIONS!! I wish you both a happy and peaceful marriage. You both seem to have adventurous spirits and enjoy the outdoors…..good for you!! I will watch your aactivities and thanks……auntie June.


  3. “we ended it all on April 27 overlooking the Pacific Ocean”

    That sounds so ominous, Erdman, but then again they do call it “taking the plunge.” Congrats. So does anything feel particularly different now that you’re married? I remember my own reluctance, fearing that marriage would disrupt what was already a fine thing. Maybe that’s an advantage of the low-key personal ceremony –it’s part of the continuity rather than an abrupt change staged for spectacle.


    1. Hilarious! That’s great exegesis!

      Yes, it is a continuum. The spectacle isn’t our scene. But I do feel a sense of change, though it is difficult to really say how. It’s a good feeling, almost like making a decision to commit to living in a certain town or area. Tamie and I are now officially “family,” which carries a sense, to me, of settling in to work through life together. The word “settling” may sound like it lacks romance, but I mean it in the best sense, the sense in which you can rely on one another because you trust each other….HHhhmmm…I don’t think that such a trust happens because of the event, I think it is more the result of time together, but for some reason the ceremony and legality of marriage brought this sense of trust to the foreground of my spirit.


  4. Hey Ktismatics, you worded it perfectly when you said that “it’s part of the continuity rather than an abrupt change staged for spectacle.” Precisely! That’s how it felt.

    And, btw, I too thought “we ended it all on April 27” sounded ominous. But funny!


  5. Does anyone else see ads on my site?

    I wound up on this post without logging on, and there was a Google ad embeded in the post. For a burger or something. How disgusting!


  6. Well, hopefully you received my (and everybody else’s) congratulations through Tamie’s blog, but I shall say it here too: glad, glad tidings to you both! I wish you the deepest joys!


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