Our Wedding Day: August 30, 2003

The Wedding
Our Story
About Cathy
About Kirk
Our Attendants
Gift Registry
The Invitation
Local Attractions
Map and Directions

Bridal Shower Photos

The Wedding Ceremony and Reception


The wedding ceremony will take place in the Rose Garden of the Hyatt Valencia Hotel at 10 am on Saturday, August 30, 2003. The Reverend David Burke, Cathy's cousin, will officiate. David, who is the Presbyterian Campus Minister at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is making the trip out west with his wife Kelsey and two-year old son Hudson.

We are anticipating warm temperatures. Because you will be in the open during the ceremony, wear sun lotion and bring an umbrella if you are especially sun-sensitive. Ice water will be available to cool your palate, and before and after the ceremony you can move to shady areas if you wish. Programs will be distributed prior to the start of the ceremony.

Afterwards, there will be an informal reception in the cooler lobby -- coffee, tea, and some snacks will be served -- while photos of the new bride and groom and the wedding party are taken. Around 11:15 the doors to the Valencia Room will be opened and everyone will be seated. The bride and groom will be introduced as they enter, and then soon afterwards a brunch (see menu), starting at about 11:45, will be served. During and after the brunch, there will be an opportunity to socialize and dance to music provided by DJs David Adelstein and Sean. So bring your dancing shoes!

The following events and times are estimates only:

  • 12:30: First dance; it ends with everyone on the dance floor
  • 1:00: Slide show
  • 1:15: Cake cutting
  • 1:20: Father/daughter dance and Mother/son dance
  • 2:00: Bouquet toss
  • 4:30: Party is over

Small children are welcome at the wedding ceremony and at the reception brunch and party.


Travel  Considerations



Guests who are driving to the venue on the morning of the wedding should refer to the Map and Directions page. Upon arrival, park in the multi-story parking lot across from the hotel entrance. From there, it's about a five minute walk through the hotel to the Rose Garden.


Those who choose to spend a night or two at the hotel, which is providing wedding guests with a special rate, should see the Accommodations page for important hotel booking information. The Local Attractions page describes some things to do, using the hotel as a base of operations.


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