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Thursday, May 20, 2004
Carmi's pastor from the
Philippines, Pastor Andy Gaor is currently in the U.S. and will be
leaving the U.S. on May 25. For many years he has been her spiritual
father. Carmi strongly desires for him to officiate our marriage and
do our vows in his presence in Los Angeles. Because of the early
date, many in the wedding entourage are not able to attend a wedding
in May, so this was a small private marriage ceremony. Richard
and Carmi were together in Los Angeles from May 20-May 24.
Richard fly back to Seattle and Carmi continued to work in L.A.
until our June ceremony.
WE ARE MARRIED! See Wedding Pictures
LOS ANGELES WEDDING & RECEPTION
Saturday, June 19, 2004 3:00pm
This wedding ceremony included co-workers, friends, relatives, and the
Carmi's pastor from Los Angeles, Pastor Chito, officiated the
We had a buffet
style Chinese food at the reception that was great. We were able to
give everyone plenty of food to take home.
Some have wondered
why we had two wedding ceremonies. Here are some
1. Carmi wanted Pastor Gaor to officiate our marriage and do our
vows in his presence in Los Angeles. Because of the early date, many
in the wedding entourage were not able to attend a wedding in May.
2. Carmi has never
been married in 46 years and we want to have a special ceremony for
3. Those of
Filipino heritage have a high regard for marriage and see it as one
of the most important once-in-a-lifetime events. Something that has
been lost in the American culture.
4. There are
several individuals in L.A. and the San Jose area that are special
to Carmi and we want a wedding ceremony and reception that will give
them a chance to celebrate with us our new life together.
5. Many Filipinos
have a civil ceremony and then the special large wedding ceremony.
So what we are doing is common among Carmi's Filipino friends.
6. We did not have
the funds in May to have a large wedding.
19 Ceremony Pictures
Originally our wedding was going to be on June 26, but
Pastor Chito will be gone at that time. However special senior
friends of Rich donated a vacation to Puerto Vallarta and it was
scheduled based upon the June 26 wedding date. So our plan was to be
married on June 19, stay a week in L.A., then go to Mexico for a
week, and then fly to Seattle.
INS several times, Rich felt assured that everything would be ok for
Carmi to travel to Mexico and return to the U.S.. However, many of
Carmi's friends suggested that we not go to Mexico because of
potential problems with Carmi reentering the USA. Also Carmi had a
terrifying dream about this issue. Since Carmi would not be at peace
while in Mexico, we cancelled our Mexico trip with much regret and
heartache. Friends had donated the lodging and we were not able to
get a refund to them.
We started our
honeymoon in L.A. and finished it in the Seattle area. Rich became Carmi's personal tour guide.
We went to the San Gabriel mountains in Southern California, visited
Rich's mother, went to Huntington Beach, and then fly to Seattle. We toured Seattle via 'Ride the Duck' tours,
went to Snoqualmie Falls, and spent 1-1/2 days touring Northern and
Coastal Washington. The weather during our trips in Seattle was wonderful.
Who says it rains in Seattle?
Saturday, August 21, 2004 3:00pm
Kirkland Assembly of God Church
This event will be for the
friends of Richard to be able to celebrate with us our new marriage.
It will also be a time for ministry. Many of the people that Richard
ministers to on Capitol Hill will be invited to the reception.
We will have a short
video/slide show of our Los Angeles wedding/reception/honeymoon.
Then there will be a short church service where Richard will preach
on the wedding feast of believers with Jesus at the end of the age.
There will be a time for individuals to accept Christ, to vow to
walk in sexual purity, and couples to make a recommitment to their
spouse. Afterwards there will be a reception in the fellowship hall.