May 8, 2004
We're ready to be married! Just
before the ceremony, Aleck, Stacey, and some witnesses had to sign the marriage
license for the state of New York and the Ketubah (the Jewish marriage
First, our friends Barb (left) and Merrie (right) signed our marriage license as
Next, Aleck and Stacey
signed the Ketubah, as did witnesses Uncle Mickey and Chris
Now we're officially married! The
rest is literally ceremony
STAGE IS SET
The chuppah is up and ready and
the people are waiting patiently
Here is the quilt that made up the
top of the chuppah. Today, this specially made personalized quilt hangs in
Stacey and Aleck's house.
See it here.
HERE COMES THE
Cami and Menko are the first to
walk down, followed by Adeena and Pieter
Next came Michelle and Steven, then the best man, Chris
Look! It's the Groom!
And then Aleck, with his parents
Joke and Dick
NOW THE BRIDE'S
Allison, as matron of honor,
started off the countdown to the bride, followed by David and Lois
Hot on their heels was Samantha as a flower girl. Unfortunately, Emma wasn't
feeling up to the task of walking down the aisle and so she sat the ceremony
out. Samantha was quite a trooper, though, and did a great job all on her own!
Stacey was the last, but certainly not the least, addition to the chuppah. She
was walked down by Karyn and Ron, who were very conscious of not getting tears
and snot on her dress. It was much appreciated.
They walked her down the aisle three-fourths of the way and then departed to
stand under the chuppah. Aleck came to get Stacey from the aisle and lead her
the rest of the way. This is symbolic of the two of them walking together into
what is representing their new home.
HERE WE ARE-- ALL OF US!
After a welcome from the rabbi and
a blessing of the chuppah, there was the recitation of the Kiddush, followed by
a sip of wine.
To learn more about the ceremony elements from our program,
Fulfilling his duty as best
man, Chris gets the rings ready
Aleck gives Stacey a ring (left),
and then vice versa.
An explanation of why we are placing the rings on each other's
index fingers can be found in our
GLASS AND THE KISS!
Aleck breaks the
glass with one solid stomp, and then they are allowed to kiss.
What does the breaking glass signify?
Where is that glass now?
Mission accomplished! Taking their
first steps as a married couple-- straight to the privacy of the yichud room to
decompress, breathe deeply, eat a little dinner, and gear up for the reception.