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Micah and Jenna|
Handfasted May 10th, 2003
Jennefer (Oaksong) Frances Combs weds Micah Thomas McCool in gorgeous ceremony at Starbridge Sanctuary in the north Georgia mountains
On May 10th at Starbridge Sanctuary in Dahlonega, Georgia; Jenna Combs, lifelong Pagan, exchanged vows of loving partnership with Micah at an outdoor ritual attended by about 150 people including families of both bride and groom and many friends of the couple and their parents. The Handfasting High Priestess was Brigit d'Augra, Patricia Combs, mother of the bride, wearing a Victorian skirt and embroidered lace trimmed blouse with soft purple bustle-bow and elegant white lace-up boots. She was assisted in this role by Robert, a/k/a Robert G. Combs, father of the bride, wearing a black Victorian styled jacket and plum brocade waistcoat and Donna Ariell Passaro, mother of the bride, wearing a Victorian demi-bustled skirt of floral brocade with a vintage ivory high-necked silk blouse heavily tucked and lace trimmed with a bustiere of plum brocade matching Robert's waistcoat
The groom matched their elegance in white shirt, black brocade waistcoat and black calf-length nineteenth century jacket with his long hair lying in curls on his right shoulder. The bride was a legendary fairy princess in a gown of white slipper satin created by Donna Ariell. The strapless laced bodice featured delicate embroidery with silver beading . The wide over skirt with train and bustle was outlined in hand-painted lavender flowers. A demi-drape of lavender mist graced the front of the tea-length chiffon underskirt. She wore flowers in her high-piled hair with two long sausage curls on her left shoulder and carried a bouquet of lavender roses and stephanotis.
The couple were sung into the circle by those in attendance singing "We are a circle, within a circle, with no beginning, and never ending". The Quarters were called by Wenndy Dupkoski, Maid of Honor, East; Johnathon Spider, Best Man, South; Cynthia Knapp, Bridesmaid, West; and Diana Miller, Bridesmaid, North. Robert invoked the God and Donna Ariell the Goddess. Pat the Community. The Bride and Groom performed the symbolic great rite with a brief explanation for the benefit of the many Christians present. (The bride's Granny, Grey Cat, gave a brief explanation of Pagan wedding practices and their meaning to all immediately before the ceremony.)
After the bride and groom exchanged their vows in unison and their partnership was acknowledged and blessed by the High Priestess, the attendees were given an opportunity to add their blessings for the couple through a flowered cage of butterflies which were then released into the breeze by Sabra, the Match Maker. After the couple jumped the broom, the circle was closed with the chant ""She Changes everything She touches; and everything She touches changes" and the dismissal by the High Priestess.
Those in attendance included Tom McCool and Cindy Pagel, father and stepmother of the Groom; Becky and Terry Markert, mother and stepfather of the Groom; Rebecca Gallei, aunt of the bride and her children, Alex and William; niece Kelly and granny Grey Cat of the Bride, Lee McCool, brother of the Groom and other relatives. Pagan friends in attendance included Lord Merlin and Eurythmy; Patti Mills; Panius and Ce; Oji & Kano; Logan and Danae, and many others.
A simply palatial dinner followed the ceremony catered by The Wolf's Den with entertainment (and later, music for dancing) provided by Emerald Rose. The dining shelter was decorated with fairy lights encased in ivory and lavender tulle with the white draped tables lighted with floating candles in flower and butterfly shapes and centered with polished stones provided as souvenirs for those attending. The Bride and Groom left at 0-dark-thirty the next morning to join their cruise ship for a magnificent (we all hope) honeymoon in the Caribbean.
Grey Cat -- in consultation with Donna Ariell
More Pictures and info can be experienced at www.micahandjenna.com .
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