Elizabeth Marries Brendan

by Anne Bennett on April 28, 2011

On March 12, 2011, Elizabeth and Brendan were married in the California wine country.

Fifteen of us came from Kansas City, New Jersey, Tampa, Austin and Stanford for the ceremony, and although the poodles remained back at home in the Heartland, I made sure that they were appropriately represented. (Note attire below. No poodles were harmed in the making of this outfit.)

Through her dealings with the Sonoma County Clerk’s office, Lizzie discovered that you can apply for a temporary permit to perform legal marriages, provided you fill out an online application and show up for a 30-minute class beforehand.

Brother Corbett was pressed into service and for 24 hours became a Deputy Marriage Commissioner for the state of California.  That day he insisted that we refer to him as, “Your Honor”.

Above: Liz, Ruth and Bren, me and commemorative poodle attire, Lizzie before the wedding with Bren’s ring on her middle finger, and the bride and groom after the ceremony.

The day before the wedding we all went on a wine tour. Fifteen adults on a party bus stocked with an ample supply of champagne and stopping at wineries from morning until late afternoon. I’m glad I didn’t wear heels. I would have really embarrassed myself.

Oops. Champ and Corbett are caught in the act of checking cribs notes for the wine quiz. Wait! There was no quiz. What are they doing? Quantum physics?

Above: my oldest friend Michael, who introduced me to Champ (on the right) 30 years ago, and my dear friend Vicki, who was the first person I met when I moved to Kansas City. I’d known her for barely three months when she stood up for me the day I married Champ.

Here’s some advice: when you meet a real friend, always stay in touch no matter how far away they live. True compatriots are rare and should be treated as members of what Kurt Vonnegut called, “our artificial extended family.”

What a beautiful, intelligent, hard-working and accomplished group of young people. The world is in good hands with this generation. I hope I’m around for a long while to see what they accomplish. Good luck, kids!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine April 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm

One word – gorgeous! xoxoxo

Linda April 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Wonderful…and you looked terrific!

June Cnderson Cassingham May 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Finally, some wedding pictures. You all look like you had so much fun.

I’ m a little cranky about this weather, too. I just got back from the southeast and it was hot and humid there.


Judy Foley May 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

Thank you so much for sharing these fabulous, fun photos – I love ’em! What a great looking bunch – happy for all of you! Judy Foley

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