|Triton's Holiday Decorations|
And how quickly five years speeds by! During that time we've made quite a number of improvements to Triton in preparation for casting off sometime in what we'd hoped would be the fall of 2013, heading first to Mexico, and then for parts beyond. We blinked and suddenly the summer was ending and our time to leave upon us.
Now the marriage bit may seem a bit surprising, given that we have lived on a boat together for the last 18 years in non-monogamous and/or polyfidelous relationships of some sort, but seeing how we were headed off to places where "domestic partnership" doesn't necessarily convey the same rights, we thought it might be convenient, if not down-right prudent, to be husband and wife.
But cruisers are notoriously efficient people when it comes to maximizing their fun, so we decided to combine our wedding with our bon voyage party. What better reason to see all our friends together at one time, especially when the weather was so nice. The problem was that we had only three weeks to pull it all off, and we had already spent our entire cruising budget on boat parts.
|So many good friends!|
|Just some of the amazing people|
who made it all possible
The ceremony took place on Angel Island (pretty much the center of the San Francisco Bay), but with a nautical theme. We encouraged folks to come dressed as whatever sea monster, privateer, ship-wrecked voyager, or famous sailor took their fancy, and they did!
|Here Comes The Bride!|
The wedding started with AnnMarie playing "Here Comes the Bride" on saxophone. Her sister Judi was the Mermaid of Honor, and accompanied her on cymbals.
The ceremony itself was performed by our dear friends Erik & Qat- they sailed with us from the BVIs to Trinidad back when we'd first bought our boat. We'd performed their wedding ceremony a few years back, so turn about is fair play.
Our vows were a bit different than most. Rather than anger the sea gods (who get annoyed by anyone who does what they say they are going to do) we included a few that we knew we would probably break.
In retrospect, the event went off with only a smidgeon of delays, mostly because we thought that AnnMarie could bake all the wedding cakes herself. As a general rule of thumb, one should not expect the bride to do pastry work on the day of her wedding.
|The Blushing Bride|
Besides that, it was a fabulous day. Both of us had a great time, and as best we can tell, so did everyone else. We sailed back to Emery Cove around sunset, jumped in our car and drove over to San Francisco where Michael (the best man) and Kathleen hosted an after-party. There was an amazing sculpture of the sea god Triton, done entirely in chocolate, by our good friend (and extremely talented sculptor) John.
But the best part was that we got to see so many good friends. We've learned that the true measure of any individual is the company they keep, and by that standard we count ourselves very fortunate indeed. We have incredible friends, and it was a delight to spend such a glorious day with them.
|About to walk the plank|
But now we need to get ready for the Baja-Haha cruiser's rally. We have only a few weeks to go, and are way behind schedule. We're planning on meeting Mike & Melissa in San Diego, then sailing down to Cabo San Lucas, stopping only at Mac Bay and Turtle Bay along the way.
Wish us luck!
Robb & AnnMarie
PS. The "Litany" mentioned in the wedding vows video was originally passed down to us from Cory & Leslie, who got it from another happy couple. It is a powerful incantation that, when uttered (usually at the point in the fight when you realize that the other person may be right), magically restores marital harmony. Reciting it allows both parties to save face, and will end almost any intractable argument immediately. It goes like this:
- I'm sorry
- You were right.
- I was wrong.
- I should have listened to you.
- I'll try harder next time.
- I love you.
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