“Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.”
Gail and Gilbert’s wedding celebration included many beautiful and unique touches to honor their love and unique partnership.
Blending of Cultures
Many cranes, delicately hanging from the ceiling or placed upon the tables, acknowledged Gail’s Japanese heritage.
Gail was escorted down the aisle by her beautiful daughter, Alexa, who greeted Gilbert by presenting him with a lei.
Early in the ceremony Alexa, a competitive dancer, performed a beautiful hula to honor those dear ones who have passed on.
This followed a simple placement of orchids on the chairs bearing tokens representing Gail’s father (his dog tags and a pocket watch) and Gilbert’s parents (a trumpet and a red car).
Prayer and scripture were important parts of the ceremony to honor Gail and Gilbert’s Christian faith, and the fact that they met at church!
And in keeping with their delightful sense of humor, the concluding blessing was a reading from Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh the places you’ll go!”
Even the location of their celebration was unique. Their AirBNB, located in the Arden Arcade (Sacramento) area, was owned by a music lover who had frequented the now-defunct Tower Records.
This especially pleased Gilbert who told me “My happy place is when the band has a great groove going and I can soar on top of the groove. [I’ve] played trumpet for more than fifty years.”
Framed posters of classic musical groups were found throughout the house.
Team of Wedding Professionals
Photographer: Allison Stahl Studio
Flowers: Royal Florists
Catering: Blessings Catering
Desserts: Freeport Bakery
Music: Expertly handled by Gilbert’s son Andres