April and Modou chose an Hawaiian theme for their wedding at Alki Beach. It was a perfect day for a wedding at the beach – sunny and warm. The scenery was spectacular with the guests looking out over the water as they watched the ceremony. They could see the ferry boats going by in the background and part of Seattle. As the wedding progressed, it attracted a large group of onlookers from people visiting Alki.
The wedding had a color theme of turquoise and tropical colors. The bride’s dress was a perfect combination of white and turquoise. The bridesmaids wore turquoise dresses and the groomsmen and groom had turquoise vests and bowties. The ring bearer and flower girls wore white and turquoise.
The bride and groom wrote very heartfelt and touching vows to each other. In keeping with the Hawaiian theme, Rev. Jan read an ancient Hawaiian Marriage Prayer before the vows:
“Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide rivers of our minds. We were each other’s distant shore, the opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell. We did not know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive the cry of one riverbank to the other. We were apart, yet connected in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common tree. Remember?
I knew you existed long before you understood my desire to join my freedom to yours. Our paths collided long enough for our indecision to be swallowed up by the greater need of love. When you came to me, the sun surged towards the earth and moon escaped from darkness to bless the union of two spirits, so alike that the creator had designed them for life’s endless circle.
Beloved partner, keeper of my heart’s odd secrets, clothed in summer blossoms so the icy hand of winter never touches us. I thank your patience. Our joining is like a tree to earth, a cloud to sky and even more. We are the reason the world can laugh on its battlefields and rise from the ashes of its selfishness to hear me say, in this time, this place, this way – I loved you best of all.”
After the ring ceremony, a sand ceremony was performed for the coming together of a new family – the bride, her 7 year old son, and the groom. This ceremony symbolized the coming together of the three individuals into one unit. “As you each hold your sand, the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one.”
Best wishes to the newlyweds and their new family! May their joy and love increase through the years!