Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wedding Pics: The Nicky and Cricky Show!


Our friend and photog pro Gary Kalpakoff was our photographer and he did a fantastic job--thank you, Gary!

Pics from Celeste & Nicholas' wedding this Saturday; we wanted to share just a few with you, our friends and family who mean so much to us.

First to set the scene...the wedding was held at the XBarH Lodge at Red Rock Retreat here in the high desert of southern Utah near the Grand Canyon. The pine lodge is 10,000 square foot in a gorgeous setting (yes, it really did snow--good thing we didn't get married outside as we were originally planning). Michele and JC, the lodge caretakers, were absolutely perfect. They were so helpful yet inobtrusive and really, really made us, our out of town family guests and all FOUR dogs present feel very welcome (Nicky and I and our families all stayed at the lodge before and after the wedding). Here's a view out of some of the windows in the huge upstairs loft:



My mom, Melena, who drove down from Idaho with her partner Mike, helped me get ready:



The guests were seated both below us and above us, the ceremony was held in the stairwell so everyone could see (this was just one, small part of the gigantic lodge):



I made both mine and our minister Lenny's scarves/wraps (Nicky and his team of pros did everything else!):



We held it together pretty well during the Mark Twain quotes...then our talented and fun musician friend, Victor Gutschalk, who had been playing the ukelele before the ceremony, broke out his classical guitar to sing & play The Wedding Song (There Is Love) by Peter, Paul & Mary:



Nicky started crying first, and that got me all teared up...then we started laughing at ourselves through our tears...we were a mess! Our minister Lenny handed me his kerchief to use:


Our friend Joy Moffat took this photo from the balcony!

Then I passed it on to Nicky:



Then all bets were off during Lenny's recitation of the "What is real?" passage from The Velveteen Rabbit...even Lenny (and most of the audience) lost it and Nicky had to hand him back the handkerchief!


Our friend Joy Moffat took this photo from the balcony!

Go ahead, I dare you...just try to read the passage out loud without tearing up (click on image below to view text):



After the ceremony, we got to hug and thank all our beloved guests, then we headed downstairs to enjoy the delicious, vegetarian spread that Nicky and his team of helpers made ready for us:



And then of course, we enjoyed some of the wonderfully delicious wedding cake that Nicky's cousins Jolene & Jim brought all the way from Colorado (Jolene is a professional cake maker and it shows--each tier was a different flavor and the top two were vegan!):



People keep asking us if we feel any different now that we're married. The fact that the answer is "Yes, we do!" was a surprise even to us (we've been together for over three years and own a home together)! It feels GREAT to be husband and wife and we feel even closer than before, if that's possible. ;)

You may be able to see more photos here and here. Thank you, everyone, for your well wishes, support and simply for being part of our lives. We truly cherish our peeps.

60 comments:

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Hope you enjoy the photos, everyone--thank you again for everything!
Celeste (Crickets)

'fancypicnic' said...

Celeste - I've just looked through these photos with tears in my eyes! You look amazingly beautiful - like a princess, no less! I simply adore the unusual colouring of your fabulous dress...and don't get me started on your wrap!! Amazing. So much love there.
Thank you for sharing - it's been a joy!!!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thank you so much, Charlotte!

Nicholas Meyeres said...

It was the most AMAZING day of my life, hands down! It was like a storybook... things couldn't have been more perfect if we tried. :) Even when I flubbed a line during the vows, and then Celeste flubbed the very SAME line when it was her turn, was spot on comic timing! ;) Our minister said it was like a great old movie, "They laughed, they cried...."

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Oh, tee hee, I'd forgotten to write about that...it was so funny...we both said, "Sall share.." instead of "Shall share," and I was so sure that *I* was going to get it right! ;)

Tammie Lee said...

Ah, everything looks and feels so beautiful. I wish you a world of happiness together!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thank you, Tammie! :)
Celeste (Crickets)

panda with cookie said...

Congrats to you both! Everything looks gorgeous.

Pricilla said...

Congratulations - it looks like it was a perfect day full of love and laughter. May it continue for decades....

Kara said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!

Beautiful, beautiful pictures. And now I'm listening to The Wedding Song and getting all teary, myself.

Married does feel weirdly different and wonderful, doesn't it?

So, so, happy for you!

Hurrah!

earlybird said...

Congratulations Celeste! You look beautiful and it looks like it was a fantastic day for you both! Gorgeous location!

Yvonne Hands said...

Celeste, it all looks amazing - you look amazing in that dress - a true princess.

Meagan Designs Kaedan Krafts said...

Celeste, Congrats to you and Nick! I hope you have an amazingly beautiful life together! The pictures are great and look stunning!
Meagan

Athena said...

Congrats! Thank you for sharing the pics. You look beautiful and it looks like it was just an smazing wedding.

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Yay, the One-A-Day Challengettes are here!! Thank you for all your comments, teamies!

Hugs & love,
Celeste (Crickets)

Nora said...

Congrats!! Celeste you look wonderful
I love the theme all in greens so naturalistic and harmonious...
God bless you in all this new years to come!

Nora

island sweet said...

it looks like such a warm wedding ceremony. congratulations and well done!

FashionTouch.etsy.com said...

Dear Celeste! My warmest wishes to you both!!! The pictures are great and you were such a beatiful wife!!! Wishing you many-many happy years ahead when you can cherish everyday of it!!!
Elena

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Why, thank you, Elena, you talented fiber artista, you! :)

Celeste (Crickets)

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thanks so much, Nora and Shawn!! :)

Celeste (Crickets)

Bead Flora and Jewels said...

Celeste and Nicky, -- congratulations! Love the green dress...and I smiled when I saw your scarf :) How cool.

FashionTouch.etsy.com said...

Celeste, how did you picked XBarH Lodge? was is famous in your area or you have been there before or else?

PS. LOVE you shawl!!!!!!!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thanks, Fen! Did you wear something beaded to your wedding?? :)
Celeste (Crickets)

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Elena, we picked the lodge because Lenny told us about it, actually! It's an incredible location, as we were leaving we were already inventing excuses to come back--it would be perfect for family reunions!
Celeste (Crickets)

FashionTouch.etsy.com said...

I see. I does look like great place. And it is nice to be able to return back there. I dont think I could return to the place we had our weeding at, it is back in Russia and my parents moved to a different city.

I was surprised they let dogs be precent as well!

Debby said...

Victor & I loved being a part of your wedding. My heart was smiling for days. Love, Debby

TumbleWeedGirl said...

Congratulations on your wedding, I can see that it was beautiful and full of natural and exotic accents! I love the dress!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Yes, we loved having the dogs there (we both come from families of animal lovers)!

The caretakers at the lodge, Michele & JC, have a young, rescued, brindle Mastiff named Jack--he's a total love!
Celeste (Crickets)

Crochet Creations by Dottie Scher said...

Beautiful, Beautiful Wedding and photos. I just have to echo everyone else. And your setting - looks perfect.

NYCrochet said...

You look beautiful, Celeste! It sounds like it was a really fun wedding. Congratulations!

Judy Elizabeth said...

Thank you for sharing your wedding photos with all of us! The photos are wonderful! Many blessings, love and hugs.....Judy Elizabeth

The High Plains Knitter said...

I would have cried too. It does take you by surprise that you feel different after your married. It's a spiritual thing.

Kristen said...

celeste - congratulations! thanks for sharing the link over on etsyfast - what a gorgeous bride you were and what a beautiful wedding!! Many many happy years together!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thanks so much, Dottie, Dianne, Kristen and Judy Elizabeth! Nicky and I so enjoy reading everyone's comments, blessings and well wishes. :)
Celeste (Crickets)

sandy_katz said...

Thanks you guys for warmly welcoming my sister to your wedding. Every day she was here she said how lovely a wedding it was. I felt the same way. A beautiful wedding day for two very beautiful people.

Celeste said...

Sandy, it was a true pleasure having you at our wedding and I'm so glad to have been able to share the non-dairy parts of the cake with a fellow vegan!

It was great meeting your sister, too; she's a sweetie just like you!
:)
Celeste (Crickets)

veganessa said...

Thank you for sharing your wedding day pictures and story, it all looks beautiful. Hope you both have a long and happy life together.

Tracy Joy Inc said...

Wow... you were a STUNNING bride! And I LOVe the unique "you" that was in everything from your dress, to your dinner, to the cake... LOVE IT! congrats girlfriend!

Celeste said...

Thanks, Tracy! That means a lot coming from you; a friend AND a talented photographer, entrepreneur and businesswoman!

(Everyone, Tracy has too many talents to mention--Mama being one of the most important--, how I know her is that the Prop Shop at Prop Insanity is one of her projects, where I advertise and sell my Fringies yarn photo portrait props)

Celeste (Crickets)

claynfiber said...

Wow - what a beautiful wedding!!! Congratulations Celeste!!!!!!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thanks, Gina! :)

Designs By Velvet said...

Celeste, you look Amazing. You made a beautiful bride. Congrats.

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Why, thank you, Velvet! :)

jessiemccann said...

Celeste, congrats! What a wonderful wedding! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thanks, Jessie! :)

Celeste (Crickets)

Felicia said...

Very beautiful!

Kayleen said...

Celeste!
Thanks for sharing your wedding pictures with us! Love your glasses by-the-way! You have such a fun personality and it has been a pleasure doing business with you!Keep up the beautiful work! :)

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves and Fringies Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Aw, thank you, Kayleen--the feeling is mutual! :)

I got my glasses at a vintage shop in Portland, Oregon, by the way...I baby them because they're soooo old and the plastic gets fragile after a while...I think I wouldn't recognize myself without them (I've had 'em for over 10 years)! ;)

Hugs,
Celeste (Crickets)

South Paw Studios said...

wow! your dress is stunning and your shull (spelling?) and your CAKE! looks amazing, glad to get to know you!

Joanne said...

Congratulations Celeste!!! Beautiful wedding.
Wishing you the Very Best!!
Joanne
MadAboutColour :)

cheeseatfourpence said...

Celeste, I've only just seen your photos, what a gorgeous looking wedding, I love every detail and you look amazing!

If me and my blokey ever get round to doing this I will get inspiration from your day, that's for sure. Wishing you both every happiness in the future.

neki desu said...

beautiful wedding, gorgeous bride, cool groom and even the musician cuts it.
may joy and happiness be always present in your life together

neki desu

SewSweetStitches said...

Oh wow! I know I only just *sorta* met you, but I feel like crying too! Everything is so beautiful, like in a magazine but more personal. My wedding was April 11th too and I made my bridal party wear my handmade stuff too! (only jewelry, not scarves teehee) Just loverly!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves and Fringies Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

That's crazy that we all got married the same day!! Congratulations to you two newlyweds, as well! Today is 105th day of wedded bliss for us all...

Hugs,
Celeste (Crickets)

(: Jenya :) said...

How exciting! Congratulations!!! You both looks so lovely. I got married last year and it's been an amazing journey. Be well and be merry!!

-Jenya, aka Cavebaby from Etsy

Sand and Sky Creations said...

Congrats! Your wedding looks like it as was truly beautiful event. I adore your wrap as well. You're such a talented gal! :)

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves and Fringies Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thank you, Simone and Jenya and everyone!! :)
Celeste (Crickets)

unemployeddesigner said...

Awww....
May I please offer a belated congratulations to you both! What a beautiful, and personal ceremony - I read with tears in my eyes!
Kim

Carol said...

Oh my word, I do see why u r loving the colors!! If I am ever lucky enough to find a soulmate like u have and actually get married again, I've been divorced since 1975 and have kissed a lot of toads:), I am going to have a storybook wedding like u did. That is just like a dream!! But the dreamy part is the 2 of u!! Love each other every day!! Thanks so much for sharing with me-I feel special to have gotten to see this!!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves and Fringies Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thank you, sweet Carol! :)