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I Left My Heart In San Fransisco

I met them on a cruise in the Caribbean.  The woman I was with passed out due to the heat during the emergency drill.  An entire crowd of people ran away from us except for one couple.  Jeannie is a stewardess with Jet Blue.  Scott is a pilot for the same airline.  Not only did Jeannie get down on the deck with me to see what she could do but reassured us and stayed until the ship's doctor arrived.  We kept running into them until one day she sat down with us for lunch where I learned they were getting married.  One knapkin plan lead to another and then a cigar and some great Scotch lead to more wedding advice for a groom getting married for the first time at the age of fifty.  Even on vacation I can't stop talking about my passion!  In fact, one of my most perfect days was spent in Grand Turk swimming in the ocean over a reef next to a seven thousand foot drop with a barracuda checking us out only feet away and a baby shark swimming lazily below us.  And still we were talking about their wedding day.  It was to be held not in their Miami Florida community but La Costanera in Half Moon Bay outside of San Francisco.  Guests were flying in from all over the world but most important was Taylor, the Groom's son. 

Because I knew their date had been booked for a year we parted company and I wished them well making vague plans, as often happens on these trips, to keep in touch.   

But as I stepped off the boat my phone rang with a message that my voice mail had been busy including a sad cancellation.  A bride had an unfortunate operation and wouldn't be well enough for her wedding day.  It was the day Jeannie and Scott would be saying 'I do'.  A confirmation, a flurry of emails and phone calls and plane tickets arrived in the mail.  We had talked about their day so often there was no way I was going to miss our date.  October 15 2001 with the Pacific Oceans roaring in the background and a soft warm breeze I pronounced Jeannie Szabo and William Scott Peale husband and wife.


"I Scott, choose you, Jeannie,

to be my wife.

I promise to love you,

and cherish you,

and always give your heart a safe place to land.

from this day forward."


"I , Jeannie, choose you, Scott,

to be my husband.

I promise to love you, and cherish you,

in turbulence and in fair weather,

good landings and bad,

from this day forward."




Their son Taylor is simply one of the nicest kids I have ever met.  His Dad is obviously so proud and looking forward to watching him grow up.  Jeannie was doing an amazing job as Step-Mom and it was obvious she loved the role.  When a family is blended it isn't two people getting married but the whole family.  Jeannie loved my idea of a separate vow just for Taylor and we made it a highlight of the ceremony. 

"Taylor, I promise to love you, always be there for you,

And always bake you chocolate chip cookies."


  They are so lucky to have each other


Incidentally, it was the first wedding in a long time where I didn't have to play music.


The Last Wedding Cake

Julia Boschetto and Kevin Brine got married last weekend and I loved everything about their reception.  It was a real expression of who they were.  Her dress from Kleinfeld's looks like it was made for just her.  The chocolate almond sheets and hand dipped chocolate covered cherries that filled their dining room for weeks before the wedding were as delicious as they were thoughtful.  The decorator created an understated yet elegant room to host her guests that looked like magic!  Julia and Kevin even took time to fill out the homework I had assigned them to create an evening that was highly personalized with details about their friends and families.

I also enjoyed getting to know Rino who gave one of the best Father of the Bride speeches I've heard in a long time.  But what went unnoticed by some was that Rino Boschetto also made the cake.  When she was a little girl playing on his shop floor with a styrofoam cake, a spatula and some icing they gave her to keep her quiet was he thinking about the cake he would someday be making for her?  Rino made Rino's Pastry Shop famous and an essential part of so many Sudbury weddings.  Last Saturday he made his last wedding cake, this time for his little girl.  The smile on his face in the picture below says it all.



This Is Why I Became An Officiant


I was so proud to be there for Hailey and Lyndsey Holder.  When we sat down for the first time you could tell they were already married in every sense but the legal one.  They fought like a couple that loved each other, teased each other but never to hurt and they sat together never touching but it was like they were holding hands.  If ever there was a couple that exemplified why marriage is alive and well Hailey and Lyndsey are it.  Below I've included a part of the ceremony I wrote for them which may be short but speaks volumes about a couple and the incredible future thaey have before them!

"Here are some facts you may not know about our couple.  Lyndsey “Linder Hosen’ Holder, born Feb 23 1987 and grew up in Sudbury.  She lists her childhood interests as reading,  TV movies and is a self described dork.  She graduate College Notre Dame in 2005 and then, later, Laurentian University as a nurse. One of her early jobs was at Harvey’s where her boss (or so she thought) was her future wife.  In fact the first impression was that her boss was kinda mean and didn’t know how to handle the breakfast crowd!

Hailey ‘Hail’ Dalaire born May 8th 1987 in Kapuskasing.  She’s a Northern girl and lists her childhood hobby as getting hurt, riding her bike with rollerblades on and cooking.  One of these things she has not given up.  She graduated Lo-Ellen Park in 2005 and also lists one of her first jobs as high volume culinary specialist.  Harvey’s!  She remembers Lyndsey working for her.  She didn’t listen very well.    When asked what she initially thought of the new employee she replied “Didn’t particularly like her, until I got to know her.”

They don’t remember when they started dating.  The first kiss is a secret.  They don’t even remember who said “I love you" first but Lyndsey is sure whomever said it first they made the other repeat it right back!  Hailey is pretty sure it was Lyndsey because ‘she’s the sappy one’.

And it was May of last year, in San Francisco, in what Lyndsey describes as the tackiest restaurant ever that they decided to get married right next to a waterfall, a fish tank and an animatronic gorilla.

Which leads us here today!"

Five minutes later, with a great deal of pride, I pronounced them married.


The Jane Dayus-Hinch App!


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When Everything Comes Together


One night I was watching wedding videos and crusin' youtube for ideas and inspiration and happened to see the video for LMFAO's song Party Rock Anthem.  It seemed to have all the elements for a great wedding video and certainly matched the attitude of some of my brides.  One in particular was Carolyn Rivers.  She wanted a day to remember that was both fun and unique.  To do that we needed different ideas.

Marshall McLuhen once said "the medium is the message".  It's not in the sense that that a light bulb has a message but it describes a space in which a message can be formed.  Within that space a purpose is described an enabled.

The wedding video we shot that day for Carolyn and Scott was the medium and the message was the celebration it enabled.  The filming of the video became a thread we used all night long to let the celebration happen.  It never got in the way or became the focal point of the moment but it gave everyone permission to take the events of the night to a whole new level. 

A special thanks to my friend Chris Elzinga, his assistant Wim Does, Bryston's On the Park, Holiday Inn Sudbury and Mr. Rite Limosine.  And a special thanks again to Chris Elzinga who did an amazing job, did great camera work and put in some long hours editing.  Chris made a Bride's dream come true and a day she will never forget.