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Lar & Dena Xiong – 8/16/14

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The wedding ceremony of Lar and Dena Xiong was held at Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire WI on August 16, 2014 which was a hot sunny day.

A reception was held in the banquet room at Wild Ridge shortly after the ceremony.

Lar and Dena may you be blessed with many fantastic adventures during your marriage.

We wish you the best.  Congratulations!!!


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Jordan & Heather Fish – 8/16/14

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The wedding ceremony of Jordan and Heather Fish was held on August 16, 2014 at the Davis Center in Eau Claire WI.  Beautiful lighting in the background.

A reception was held later at the Metropolis Hotel in Eau Claire.

May your lives be blessed and overflow with infinite good.

Congratulations to you both!!!


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Fanny Hill Closes This Weekend

We sadly say good bye with fond memories to one of our favorite venues this weekend when Fanny Hill closes it’s doors.   We had one of our first weddings at this venue in 2008.  Through the past seven years Rev. Frank and I have officiated weddings at this venue every summer.  We always loved the view of the garden overlooking the river.


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     No matter what the season, the gardens were always beautiful.  So we say THANK YOU to all of the people who worked at Fanny Hill and created a fabulous wedding venue.





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Diamond Engagement Rings – 1/29/15



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The Diamond Engagement Ring
The 2015 Wedding Season has begun with a flurry of Bridal Shows and recently engaged couples.  I thought I’d reprint this information on ring procedure during the ceremony.  I get asked quite often about the engagement ring placement during the ceremony. 



A Bit of History

Before the 1900’s, a diamond engagement ring was a luxury item. A diamond company changed all that in the late 1800’s.  The diamond market became flooded when big diamond mines were found in South Africa which drove the price of diamonds down. 
In 1939, De Beers hired N.W. Ayer & Son as their ad agency to help them rebound from the slump in sales they’d had as a result of the South African mines. And a new wedding tradition was born: Diamond sales rose 55 percent between 1938 and 1941, and by 1948 America
was introduced to the “A Diamond Is Forever” ad campaign.  I would say that was a very
successful campaign.


Correct Placement of Engagement Ring

     It’s customary for brides to receive two rings. An engagement band before the wedding, and a wedding ring during the ceremony. Your first ring is a promise of marriage. The second solidifies the promise. Sometimes knowing which one goes where can be a bit confusing.



Day of the Wedding

On your wedding day, you should switch your engagement ring to the third finger on your right hand. During the ceremony, your future spouse places the wedding ring on your ring finger. The custom of the third finger on your left hand being your ring finger originated in Egypt, where people believed the vein in that finger led directly to your heart. By placing the wedding ring on that finger, the groom ensures that it is in the position closest to your heart. How romantic!



Engagement Ring Etiquette


Once you’re married, tradition dictates that your engagement band be moved back to the third finger on your left hand. When you do so, your wedding ring should remain closest to your heart (where your spouse placed it on your wedding day) and your engagement ring is placed next to the wedding ring.


Some women choose to ignore ring etiquette, and instead infuse their own style on the custom. Some variations on the traditional ring placement include:


  • Continue to wear the engagement band on the right hand
  • Forego wearing the engagement band
  • Weld the rings together


Regardless of how you choose to wear your ring, the most important thing is that it be comfortable for you and sized properly.


Follow Tradition or Become a Trailblazer


Years ago, it was tradition for a man to purchase an engagement ring with a diamond setting. However, times have changed. Other precious stones are also acceptable on an engagement ring.


Another tradition is for you and your spouse to have matching wedding bands. For instance, if you have a gold wedding band, then his would be gold as well.


Many couples are choosing to incorporate their unique style with traditional ring etiquette.
There are no rules for most faiths on how to wear wedding rings. Whether you want to become an engagement band trailblazer or stick with tradition is up to you.


Engagement and wedding rings are more than beautiful, sparkling pieces of jewelry. They are symbols of your love and future and should be treated with care and respect.



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2014 – A Wonderful Year

Christmas-2014 002 It’s Christmas and Rev. Frank and I would like to thank all of our Brides and Grooms of 2014.  We wish you many blessings in the years to come.


Here are some short wedding stories we have put together.

Wedding Mouse

It was a beautiful wedding day. We were under a huge white tent on a golf course when there was some commotion five rows back. One beautifully dressed lady with open toe shoes jumped up and screamed, the next lady jumped up and screamed, two more ladies with open toe shoes jumped up and screamed. A fifth lady jumped up and screamed “It’s a mouse!”  The whole wedding party broke out into laughter. Another fun wedding experience.

Wedding Butterflies

The unity ceremony for our bride and groom was a butterfly release. One of the groomsmen brought the cage of 24 butterflies up and the groom opened the door. A dozen of butterflies flew out and dispersed into the sky. Then one butterfly came out and sat on the cage. Then like (it was meant to be) it flew to the top of the brides head and perched there for 30 to 45 seconds. Everybody went “ooooooooooo”. You should have seen the sparkle in the children’s eyes.


Wedding in a Cornfield

We were standing on a knoll in the middle of a cornfield on the tenth of October in Knapp, WI. The sky was grey and the wind was brisk. Wedding guests were sitting on hay bales covered with horse blankets. Farm dogs were running through the crowd. We all looked to the south and saw the wedding party coming up the trail in a hay wagon. Everyone thought “how appropriate”. When our cornfield wedding ceremony ended, the bride and groom climbed up into a combine and led the guests down the trail to the farm house. Happy trails to you.


Wedding Downpour

I planned to officiate a wedding in La Crosse. Little did I expect the downpour I drove into with water up to the car door panels. I was unable to contact my bride, her voicemail was full. I arrived at the park and nobody was there. I waited. You guessed it, the ceremony had been moved. The family strug-gled to light the grills, in the rain, for the reception dinner while we waited for the bride who arrived one hour later on crutches. The ceremony went well. Rain on your wedding day means good luck.


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 Thank You Everybody for a Great Year!!


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