Friday, February 19, 2010

Our Wedding Celebration in Review: Melissa and Francois Kiemde

Queen Mab Friends, Family, Readers -- Far and Wide:

Perhaps you were able to be with us physically on our wedding day; perhaps you joined us in prayer from afar; either way, we hope you enjoy these images documenting what was an amazing experience for us. Gratitude goes out to each and everyone of you who helped us bring forward this blessed day -- one celebrating love, commitment, community. We recognize how truly fortunate we are to join in this blessed sacrament of marriage. We wish that each and every person called to loving commitment would have such an opportunity. What an honor it is; what a joy, now, to share these pictures with all of you.

Blessings to all this day! Here's to celebrating many seasons of Love!

Melissa and Francois


Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Prep Site

Hello Dress!

Hair and Make-Up Artist Extraordinaire: Rhonda Jackson!

Blessed shoes


Across town at St. Jane House, the Groom and his bridal party prepare themselves...


Beloved "Gabby Love, Love!"

I love this man's laugh and smile!


Daddy and his little girl

Beautiful Frederic and Handsome Francois


Bouquet (and all flowers) arranged by Antoinette Bennaars-Mawanda; Engagement Ring handed down by the Liewer/Arduser Great Grandparents; Gold bands: Kay Jewelers


Seeing each other for the first time


Ms. Sassy and Ms. Sassy: all dressed up!


The Kiemde Clan

Kisses for dad!

The Borgmann Clan and newest members...

To the Walker Sculpture Garden!

We know the beauty and abundance of the "Cherry in the Spoon.."


Wedding Party, from Left to Right, Back Row:
Aaron Borgmann, Usher; Francois Zongo, Groomsman; Ben Borgmann, Usher;
Middle Row: Marianna Toth, Bridesmaid; Stephanie Johnson, Matron of Honor; Melissa Borgmann, Bride; Francois Kiemde, Groom; Frederic Nassa, Best Man; Joy Chaney, Bridesmaid;
Front Row: Gabby Kiemde, Groom's Girl


Our Wedding Party ROCKS!

So does our photographer, and her eye: Alisa Foreman, Shadow Lake Portraits



More poses in front of Frank Gehry's "Standing Glass Fish"




Loving the Art!



Artwork: "Five Plates, Two Poles" --
and a Bride, Groom and Bouquet?



Back at the church, we add bridesman, David Mann,
and Usher, Matt Peiken to our Wedding Party Photos


The Music!
Thank you to the St. Olaf International Choir, along with other Church of St. Philip singers and musicians, who all nicely round out our wedding ensemble


Nadege Ouevi sings a prelude tune in French


Let the wedding-aisle-walking commence!


Thank you Mom and Dad for getting me this far...


Our trifecta of priests: Fr. Dave Liewer, Fr. Dale Korogi, Fr. Jules Omba Omalanga


Sr. Rafael Tilton, OSF, proclaiming the Word...

Before a beautifully peopled prayer space...


Ann Shallbetter and Julie Strahan lead the congregation in music


Jeffrey Bissoy reads from Corinthians

Collaboration, singing, "The Lord is My Light!"


Our unity candle ritual becomes a COMM-UNITY ritual

Love this Light!


Francois and Melissa light their candle from the community flames

Fr. Dale Korogi delivers a beautiful homily (always!)


Sr. Jill Underdahl, CSJ, is the first to read her prayers of the faithful,
written for this occassion, alongside Zac Willette.


Can you tell we love their words?

More beautiful musicians!


I love this man so much!


Breaking the bread (Thanks to Lee George who baked our eucharist)

The community blessing



Procession out! Gabby Leads the way....


Our wedding cake, courtesy of Carolyn Sawyer and Mark Wenzel


What a feast! Thank you to all of our blessed guests who made this banquet possible, bringing food to share with the entire community. And Merci to Mark, Olga and the nuns, for laying it all out so magnificently...


Pot Lucks are really amazing, you know?


Center pieces and decor, courtesy of Olga Nichols and Brian Mogren: Team Ambiance!




What's a table without roses, candles and champagne? Ha!


And the Open Mic commences with Bridesman, Emcee Extraordinaire, David Mann


Zac Willette, our master of ceremonies from the Rehearsal Dinner, returns to toast us after his beautiful words on hunger, love and abundance, the night before.
WE LOVE THIS MAN!


Julie Landsman warms us with her words


Brendan Teehan sings, "Sweet Melissa"


Friend Jody Tigges with her toast


Berato Wilson, Former North High Writing as Performance Student and Teens Rock the Mic poet graces the stage and silences the guest with his original poem


Delaney Melissa Teehan, God-daughter and toastmaster extraordinaire!


Another sung toast: Beautiful Brent Floren


Our dear friend Colette DeHarpporte with a reflection on love by Jesuit, Pedro Arrupe


Kathryn Kaatz with wise words for us all


Our best man, Frederic Nassa, honors his longtime friend, Francois Kiemde


Groomsan, Francois "Jr" Zongo, toasts baker/ mentor/ friend/Groom, Francois "Sr." Kiemde


And the matron of honor toasts her sister Melissa


Nephews Noah and Trent Borgmann round out the musical toasts right before....


Parents of the Bride, Beth and Steve Borgmann, sing their toast
to love and one another:
"You are My Sunshine!"
(such fine harmonizing by these two!)


Can you hear Francois laughing?

How about Melissa giggling?


Our toasters are so entertaining; we are so fortunate!


It's unanimous: We love the Open Mic Tributes to Love!


Bring on the Band!


The good, bad, funky: Hookers and Blow!


People of all ages will rock out



Guests from Francois' family in Madison: Sister Agnes Kiemde,
and former countryman, Saidou Kabore, with his wife Veronica

Hello musicians...


Yes! We love the music!


More boogying! Kathryn and Larry get down!


Two crazy cats find one another to dance it out...


Happy, dancing family of Liewers


Wedding Reception hosts: John and Mary Michaels


Much love and gratitude for our journey ahead....
Merci Beaucoup!

2 comments:

Authentic Educator said...

Melissa!

This is absolutely beautiful! I love the pictures and these pictures scream love, commitment & happiness. Congratulations on your wedding!

marthaharris said...

Well -- congratulations!! These photos of your wedding are lovely.

I found your site because I was looking for you online to tell you about a Folger reunion this summer, 2010.

You can contact me at marthaharris@q.com if you'd like more details.

Best wishes and, again, congrats!
Martha Harris