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“I Do.”

Okay, I don’t have facebook, so you’ll have to excuse all these extraordinarily handsome photos.

We got married at the Astoria Column on Saturday. The weather was unbelievably beautiful. My parents are now convinced there is no such thing as rain in Oregon.

We had about eighteen people. We all showed up at the park, no permit, no chairs, no procession. It was like we all gathered around to have a conversation, except we were hearing the words we wrote for the ceremony, and at the end, I kissed Dave for a long, long time.

Below, all the matrimonied couples from Summer Wedding Blowout Season of 2010. Gary, my sister, me and Dave, Lesley and Brent. It’s now like a horse race at the county fair, our families are now placing bets on who gets preggers first. We’re going to name our kids Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and Cap’n Superbaby.

Our dinner was at Bridgewater Bistro, right under the Astoria Megler Bridge. We’ve eaten at many of the restaurants in Astoria and most are quite good. But when we walked into Bridgewater Bistro, I knew it was the place I wanted to have our wedding dinner. The building was built in 1896 as a maintenance, office and repair shop for the fishing boats of the Union Fish Co-Operative Cannery. Check out photos of the building before they restored it.

A few months ago we visited with owner Ann Kischner and had dinner. it was A-maze-ing. Everything we tasted was innovative and expertly prepared. And the space has a jaw dropping view.

We had a lovely dinner. Everyone raved about the food. The salmon with blueberry sauce was a huge hit. Next time you go to Astoria, go to Bridgewater Bistro. You can thank me later.

Ann even made our cake, which was chocolate with white chocolate butter cream and a berry butter cream filling. It was fantastic.

Much to our family’s deep disappointment, we did not mash the cake into each others’ faces. My dad walked away sadly saying “That was entirely too civilized.”

Did I mention the view was amazing?

Below, we are with Dave’s mom. I love this photo.

Gary and Meredith.

Elko Steve and his wife Dori.

Clan Anctils. This is a great photo, except it appears Brent is sticking out his tongue.

Way to go, Brent.

Below, Dave’s sister Marianne, brother-in-law Keith, and niece Ella Bella.

After our lovely dinner, we went back to the hotel, changed into comfy clothes, and walked over to Fort George Brewery for beers. It was breezy and a bit chilly, but we braved an outdoor table until something opened up indoors. In all, we were there for about five hours. That’s a lot of beer.

The day was really just as we hoped it would be. The weather, the ceremony, the dinner, the hours at the brewery. Everything as we had hoped. It could not have been a better day.

Still reading? I want to thank everyone who was a part of this day, and the days leading up to our wedding. Not just this past weekend, but everyone who came out for our pre-wedding picnic, the friends who came from all over the country, the local friends who threw us bachelor/ette parties, the family who have supported us from the beginning. Everyone has played a part in some way to help us get to this wonderful, happy day. Even strangers on the internet. Thank you for your well wishes. Thank you for being there.

And thanks to my sister Meredith who took almost all of the photos above. Who needs a professional photographer when you’ve got a little sister who thinks of everything?


  1. Fantastic! Gratz again to you guys.

  2. We had so much fun! Everything was great!!! And after knowing what photos we cherish from our wedding, I wanted to make sure I got a lot for you guys, from lots of angles, capturing all your smiles. Gary got great videos as well!

  3. this is exactly how i want to get married…

  4. That is *just* how I’d do a wedding today. Love it! Congrats!

  5. Aimee Wynhausen says

    congratulations to you and David. I went to grade school with David and have him on Facebook. This whole blog post just makes me smile. You are adorable and I am so glad that you two are together. Awesome couple. congratulations!!! :)

  6. yipeeeeeee! oh happy day!

  7. Marlene Goodwin says

    Congratulations to the Happy couple and thanks for sharing the photos.

    Best wishes to you and Dave.

    Love Aunt Marlene & Uncle Jamie.

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