Some people have the impression that Tsunami Rangers are freewheeling pirates who flit from anemone to anemone with reckless abandon. But that image is blatantly false! We take the matrimonial plunge with love and hope just as other people do. A case in point: Last Sunday evening (June 5th, 2011) Tsunami Ranger Don Kiesling tied the knot with his beloved, Stina Larson. As they had been courting for over ten years, their wedding motto was “Get ‘er done.” Truly inspiring words….
They got ‘er done at the Seattle Aquarium, right after closing time. Imagine the beauty and the appropriateness of getting hitched in such a marvelous setting. My wife Nancy and I arrived at 6:30 sharp with fellow Tsunami Rangers Jim Kakuk and Deb Volturno, and her friend Paula Renouf. After mingling with the sea critters for a bit, we were seated for the big event. The wedding party and guests gathered at the end of the end of the pier, with the Olympian Mountains as the backdrop. Scintillating!
Orchids draped in tall glass cylinders graced the isles. Following Nordic tradition, and to ensure they have a long and happy marriage, Stina was walking to the altar arm in arm with her father when her wedding gown train brushed one of the cylinders, and it promptly fell over and broke, spilling water, flowers and glass everywhere. We all roared with laughter, and the tension was broken. A long and happy marriage was guaranteed.
The ceremony was fun and filled with love. My wife immediately burst into tears right at the start. Luckily, she was given a hanky; she needed it. After the vows, the couple exchanged rings. Stina’s ring was classic, crafted with gold and diamonds. Don’s ring was, uh, unique. He’s the only groom I have ever heard of who sports a wedding ring made of carbon fiber! Awesome.
At the reception, we were offered a selection of fine wines and hors d’oeuvres. I chose a light and delicious pinot noir and enjoyed shrimp wrapped in bacon, the gateway meat. Before dinner, aquarium docents treated us to a feeding of rare northern fur seals and sea otters. Next, we sat down to a sumptuous meal. I went light and had a bowl of crab and corn chowder, and a freshly-made pasta dish with mushrooms and spinach, topped with a basil pesto. But it turned out there was more! So for my second course I heaped my plate with salad greens, beef tenderloin, and freshly caught and grilled king salmon, with roasted taters on the side. Yum.
After dinner, Stina’s dad and sister (who was the matron of honor) gave humorous speeches, and Don’s best man Cory blessed the wedding couple. It was sweet, as was the array of wedding cupcakes, ranging from tangy lemon to smurfilicious coconut. After the cupcakes, the newlyweds bravely danced a dance, and then the rest of us joined in. We reluctantly said our good byes and retired to our hotel, happy and sated.
Congratulations to Don and Stina Kiesling!
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