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    Two Weddings, Three Days, Four Brides

    reverendBy Reverend Elizabeth River

    I just had one of the most joyous times in my career as a wedding minister. A couple of weeks ago, I officiated two weddings within three days’ time for four brides. Such a pleasure, such fun!

    For both couples, these were “destination weddings,” as they are so fondly called these days. One couplecame all the way from Indiana, and the other from the Sacramento area. Both couples chose their wedding venues because of having had wonderful, special times with their partner here in the past.

    I am saving most of the details about these two couples for a future column or two, where they will talk about the years of growing together, reaching the threshold of marriage, getting married and beyond. But for today, I just wanted to share a brief note and a few pictures of these brides.

    Kim and Karen were married in Jenner, on a bright sunny afternoon right at the mouth of the Russian River where it flows into the Pacific Ocean. Their photos will be arriving soon—in time for the next San Francisco Bay Times issue, but for now, I’m sharing a photo that was taken by Arthur Leddy, husband and business partner to the photographer Javier Leddy, (www.javierleddy.com).

    Cat and Jill got married on McClure’s Beach out at the tip of the Point Reyes Peninsula. It was one of those mystical foggy evenings, where you couldn’t see the rocks until you were only about 30 feet away. They had a wonderful photographer, Julie Weisberg, (www.julieweisberg.com) who brilliantly di- rectedthe brides and me down the beach to get the flock of gulls lounging on the beach to whirl and swoop above them, signifying the glory of their first married kiss!

    My heart is very full these days. I celebrate weddings with my whole being for everyone! But I have a special place in my heart for LGBT marriages. Don’t you?

    Rev. Elizabeth River is an ordained interfaith minister and wedding officiant in the North Bay. Please visit www.marincoastweddings.com or look for Marin Coast Weddings on Facebook.