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Kim and I met in Lausanne Hall at Willamette University on one of the first days I was at college in the fall of 1986. We were not initially attracted to each other (partly because Kim was two years ahead of me and partly because we were both dating someone else at the time), but we became friends. Kim lived across the hall from me. We would often study together in the hallway (actually, she did most of the studying -- I tended to read a book or talk). So it went the rest of my freshman year.

That summer (1987), my girlfriend broke up with me. I came back to Willamette in the fall and pined. I dated a a little the first semester, but towards the end of 1987, Kim and I started spending more time together. While we were on a Campus Ambassadors retreat on Valentine's Day, we exchanged our first kiss (hey, keep the nausea to yourself, pal...). And so it went the rest of my sophomore year.

Kim graduated and went off to med school in Portland in the fall of 1988. I was failing my classes miserably. I cut my classes back to part-time, and then dropped out of school altogether in January of 1989. I spent another year in Salem, depressed, trying to make up my mind what to do about this person who stood by me. I waffled. I hemmed and hawed. I gave Kim pretty much every excuse to tell me to take a flying leap.

She didn't. We were engaged to be married on Christmas Eve of 1989 (I know, I know.... mush, mush, mush). Two years later, we were married.

Joined Hands
Click on the photos for an larger image

December 14, 1991 at five o'clock in the afternoon
St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish
Portland, Oregon

The guests came from near and far. The ceremony was a high-church-ish Episcopal wedding, complete with incense and Communion. The reception was in the parish hall and featured a whole roast pig (yes, we killed the fatted pig - well, we didn't, but someone did for us). Although many of the guests did not know each other, they all knew both of us, so there was no shortage of good conversation. The best man made an excellent toast, to which the groom responded somewhat long-windedly. After the reception, the young folks retired to our tiny one-bedroom apartment where we opened gifts and celebrated for another couple of hours. And a good time was had by all.

Mike and Kim with Constance at the altar

Celebrant and Officiant

The Reverend Constance Hammond
Rector, St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish

The Family

Kim's family Mike's family
Left to right: Kim's mom, Kim, and her brother Left to right: Mike's dad, Mike's mom, Kim, Mike, Mike's brother
Mrs. Pat Curnell
Portland, Oregon
Kim's mom
Mr. and Mrs. Russ and Nell Heggen
Eugene, Oregon
Mike's parents
Mr. Mark Curnell
Portland, Oregon
Kim's brother
Mr. Robert Heggen
Alameda, California
Mike's brother

Attendants, Ushers, Etc.

Women in the wedding Men in the wedding
Left to right: Mike's mom, Liv Erichsen, Kim's maid of honor, Kim, and Kim's mom Left to right: John Cavanaugh, Mike's best man, Mike, and Kim's brother
Miss Shari MacDonald (now Strong)
Portland, Oregon
Maid of honor
Mr. Jeff Berry
Portland, Oregon
Best man
Mr. Mark Curnell
Portland, Oregon
Usher and presenter of bride
Mr. John Cavanaugh
Portland, Oregon
Usher
Miss Tina Sansom (now Ricks)
Portland, Oregon
Lector
Mr. Byron Kephart
Philomath, Oregon
Lector
Mr. Alan DeWitt
Portland, Oregon
Chief Worrier
Miss Kim Barger (now Berry)
Portland, Oregon
Candlelighter
The Misses Tracy and Julia Reisinger
Portland, Oregon
Guestbook

The Cake
The cake….

Yumm!
Top layer: spice with custard filling
Middle layer: chocolate with raspberry filling
Bottom layer: poppy seed with custard filling

Guests

The Misses Tracy and Julie Reisinger
Portland, Oregon
Friends of Kim's from Willamette University
Mr. and Mrs. Betty and Harlan Holden
Florence, Oregon
Mike's adopted grandparents
Miss Tina Sansom (now Ricks) and Mr. Allen Ricks
Portland, Oregon
Tina was a friend of Kim's from Willamette University and Allen was a friend of both of us from AD&D
Mrs. Jean MacDonald
Sandy, Oregon
Maid of honor's mother and second mother to Kim
Mr. and Mrs. Byron and Teresa Kephart (and then-fetal Kristiana)
Philomath, Oregon
Friends of Mike's from high school
Miss Shawn Mitchell (now Fernandez) and Mr. Garth Fernandez
Beaverton, Oregon
Shawn was part of Mike's Rotary Youth Exchange class in 1984-85 (Japan)
Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Zoe Cavanaugh, Miss Liz Cavanaugh
Portland, Oregon
Parents and sister of John Cavanaugh and all-around nice people
Miss Helen Shorett
Lake Oswego, Oregon
A former desktop publishing client of Mike's and all-around nice person
Miss Daria Loy
Portland, Oregon
Friend of Kim's from Willamette University
Miss Robin Koopman
Portland, Oregon
Friend of Mike's from high school
Miss Frances Chapple
Salem, Oregon
Kim's favorite chemistry professor from Willamette University
Mr. Whitney Hunter
Salem, Oregon
Friend of Kim's from Willamette University
Mr. Tod Oace
Portland, Oregon
Friend of Mike's from AD&D
Miss Janine and Mrs. Ann Larson
Portland, Oregon
Friend of Kim's from childhood on and her mother, also a second mom to Kim
Mr. and Mrs. Jay and Sandra Gade
Portland, Oregon
Our next-door neighbors and all-around nice people
Mr. and Mrs. Tonya and Randy Jacobs (now divorced)
Mulino, Oregon
Tonya was Kim's first roommate at Willamette University and Randy was a friend there, too
Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Rita Mellama
Beaverton, Oregon
Jim was one of Kim's senior residents through medical school and residency and all-around wacky guy
Miss Amy Pitzer (now Forfex)
Salem, Oregon
Friend of both of us from Willamette University
Mr. and Mrs. Hans and Liv Erichsen
Rena, Norway
Mike's host parents during his exchange student year
Mr. Pat Kurkoski
Bremerton, Washington
Mike's roommate his sophomore year at Willamette University and all-around wacky guy
Mr. Fred Ross
Portland, Oregon
The sexton
Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Barbara Ciaramitaro
Salem, Oregon
Our fencing master who, along with his wife, became great friends to us both
Miss Sheri Gindhart
Eugene, Oregon
Friend of Mike's from high school
Mr. Jeff Berry and Miss Kim Barger (now Berry)
Portland, Oregon
Jeff was a friend of Mike's from high school
Mr. John Cavanaugh
Portland, Oregon
Friend of Mike's from Willamette University
Mr. Mark Nockleby
Santa Cruz, California
Friend of both of us from Willamette University
Mr. Alan DeWitt
Portland, Oregon
Friend of both of us from Willamette University

Mike and his dad with Wil Riker
Mike and his Dad
(notice the portrait of Commander Wil Riker --
apparently a former rector of St. Stephen's Parish --
in the background on the right)

And we really have lived happily ever after....


Page created 11/15/95.
Last updated 03/17/03 at 14:37.
All photos 1991 by Precious Memories Photography.

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