Our Exciting Week – Part 2

No, you haven’t missed anything – as in a “Part 1.” But I have just finished the photos for Bill and Debby before they left for home today, so I figured I’d write up about the wedding excitement (part 2 of our week) first, since I have the photos done already. (I posted all the photos up in our Flickr account, but you need to be a friend/family to see them – so if you are not able to see them, let me know and I’ll add you! The photos were a little hard since we shot most of them in the shade, and at 1:00pm, bright sunlight on the beach. Shesh…but there are some good ones, I think.)

So, on to the wedding…

Debby and Bill have been engaged for a few years, but they have been “together” for many years. In fact, they have been a couple since before J. and I got married, so quite a long time. We all knew they’d get married eventually, and they finally decided to “get around to it” while they were out here.

We were shooting for a simple, sweet, barefoot on the beach sort of affair – and I think we pulled it off. We found an officiant who recommended Point Dume State Park in Malibu, and was available for a mid-week, middle of the afternoon ceremony.

So we all headed to the only slice of shade on the beach, next to a big cliff (that you may recognize from several movies and commercials, Planet of the Apes perhaps?).


Nena helping her flower girl across the hot sand. Actually, the girls didn’t seem to mind the hot sand at all, it was the grown-ups that were complaining the most.


We ended up getting the girls’ dresses downtown near Santee Alley. When Nena asked them if they would be her flower girls, I thought Emma would explode, she was so excited. She wanted to wear her Belle princess dress, and the one we found her was actually pretty close. She is in love with it. I’m surprised we haven’t tried to wear it again today, in fact.


We shopped for the dresses and flowers in a two-hour window we had between dropping Addie off at school and when we needed to pick Em up after school on Tuesday. The flowers we found downtown at the Flower Mart. Lots and lots of roses – we just put the bouquets together on Wednesday morning before the ceremony. (I think you may be seeing more of the flowers, like say…maybe on Tuesday? It is the only thing Crafty I have done in weeks!)


My friend Michelle donated her craft to the ceremony and not only played amazing music for us while we were walking over, but also adapted (transcribed?  Is that the correct musical term?) Pachabel’s Canon in D (a piece usually for string quartets) and played it at the beginning of the ceremony. It was incredible. The cliff gave the beach some pretty amazing acoustics and the cello music on the beach really was the perfect touch.


We gathered around Debby and Bill and witnessed the sweet (not too long, not too short) ceremony.


Emma took her role very seriously and tried to school Addie on the proper way to be a flower girl. (Where she learned this, I have no idea!)


She did a great job with Emma’s guidance and made us very proud.


Although there was definitely some monkeying around, Bill and Debby didn’t see any of it until we watched the video, so while it was funny and we captured it, it didn’t disrupt the wedding. A little light-saber action going on here, I think.


Then it was official! They are married!


And it was time for some fun. A little dancing…


Some toasting…


Much kissing….


And playing in the water…


Or hiding from the waves…


Nena taking the plunge (for the second time that day!)…


She was a beautiful bride and I think had a good wedding day.


She wanted sandy toes, and she got ’em…



After the beach we headed to Ruth’s Chris steakhouse and had an incredible dinner with some wedding cake and called it a day.


It was a pretty incredible day for us, and I hope it was for you (Debby and Bill), too. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of it, guys. We wish you much happiness and love for the rest of your days.


(Stay tuned for Part 1 of our Exciting Week, which was also made possible by Debby and Bill! Gotta go get those pics downloaded now.)


11 Responses to “Our Exciting Week – Part 2”

  1. 1 carey October 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    oh what a beautiful day! i just love those dresses the girls had on. so adorable.
    congratulations to the happy couple!

  2. 2 Nickie October 12, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Yeah…I wish I were there.

  3. 3 Kat:) October 12, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Hey Carrie:)
    What a gorgeous setting:) It looks like it was absolutely perfect:)

  4. 4 Stacy October 12, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    You got some wonderful shots of their wedding day. That looks like it was such a sweet, wonderful, intimate ceremony. The girls look so sweet in their dresses – I bet they were thrilled!

  5. 5 msscatter October 13, 2008 at 5:00 am

    If Steve and I ever renew our vows, this is how I would do it!

  6. 6 Christina October 13, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    “simple, sweet, barefoot on the beach sort of affair” – I’d say you succeeded! Wow, what a sweet, intimate time, truly gorgeous. And your photos capture it so well. Congrats to Bill and Debby!

  7. 7 Maggie October 14, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    A HUGE congrats to them! And what a beautiful wedding…and beautiful photos to remember it by!

  8. 8 Cara October 15, 2008 at 10:15 am

    beach…wedding…can it get any better?

  9. 9 Kim October 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    How nice of Michelle to play for you! Looks like the wedding was beautiful! Where are all the boys????

  10. 10 Maya October 15, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    That’s the best way to get married…with sandy toes!!! How awesome!

  11. 11 arizaphale October 16, 2008 at 5:55 am

    This is such a romantic and wonderful idea for a wedding. Could there be anything more beautiful? I think the bride and groom look very happy and the addition of the most beautiful bridesmaids/jedi knights ever just gave the day the most extraordinary touch of innocence and froth. The dancing pic is sensational and tha one of Em on her own….wow.

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