The Wedding Marsh

Bouquet. Photo courtesy of  Danita Jo Photography, http://www.danitajo.com/
Bouquet. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography

Over the past 13 years, the Great Marsh of New England has seen me through my many life stages; each with its own metamorphic beauty. I tread its muds as a larval scientist (graduate student), a haphazard juvenile (post-doc) and now the metamorphosis complete as I have emerged as a full-fledged professor (though this is a stage I am still growing into). So it was this kind and lush friend that I sought this weekend for one of my most important transitions: from wandering vagrant to husband.

This weekend I married my sweetie, Ali Gould. It was a sweet and perfect affair. On a dock on the Rowley River. My best friend since kindergarten, Duley Crabbe (his influence on my decision to be a marine biologist has been strong!!!), officiated. Two friends, Danita Jo and Chris, witnessed. As did a male and female swordtail fish (who were part of the Ceremony of the Fish). All as the tides flowed, the Spartina swelled, and the mummichogs meandered.

The wedding party. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
The wedding party. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography

Words spoken captured the love and the beauty of the day, as did the images. Today I have no science today. No metaphors. Just excitement.

And pictures. All photos courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. If you want beautiful, professional, and perfect pictures for your event, contact her! She books quickly! We were lucky to have her.

And if you’re looking for a perfect place for a small wedding, the beauty of the marsh is unimpeachable.

I rarely talk about my personal life in such a wide-open format such as blog, but there are times when your megaphone isn’t big enough (though I may elevate myself a bit here. While you, my blog-followers, are enthusiastic you make but a small congregation in a country church). And for those of you paying attention, yes, we are engaged in secondary production (translation: we are expecting a new research assistant in July!).

Thank you for your love and support!

The bride prepares. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
The bride prepares. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Rope. It was a knot-ical wedding.
Rope. It was a knot-ical wedding. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Pun courtesy of the groom.
The officiant and the groom  want you to know that we know what you're up to. And we approve. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography.
The officiant and the groom want you to know that we know what you’re up to. And after thoughtful consideration we approve. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
 Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography

Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Hey fishies! Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photograhpy
Hey fishies! Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
The chapel. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
The chapel. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Handsome courtesy of the jaunty hat.
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Handsome courtesy of the jaunty hat.
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Marriage courtesy of the marsh (and the state of Massachusetts if you want to be technical about it).
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Marriage courtesy of the marsh (and the state of Massachusetts if you want to be technical about it).
American Gothic. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
American Gothic. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Afterwards we made some calls. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
After the wedding we made some calls. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
We made new friends. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Goat courtesy of Tendercrop Farm
We made new friends. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Goat courtesy of Tendercrop Farm
We recreated Reservoir Dogs,. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Awesomeness courtesy of studs.
We recreated Reservoir Dogs,. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Awesomeness courtesy of studs.
I defended her honor. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photograhpy
I defended her honor. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography.
We found some junk and took our picture with it. Thanks Newburyport! Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
We found some junk and took our picture with it. Thanks Newburyport! Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
We had beers. Well, I had beers. She thinks I'm hilarious with beers. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
We had beers. Well, I had beers. She thinks I’m hilarious with beers. Or maybe it’s the beers that make me think that way. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Huck Finn and his bride. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Then it was back to the marsh for Huck Finn and his bride. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography. Joy courtesy of my beautiful wife. 
And took another obligatory computer wallpaper shot. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography
That’s right, we could be in the next picture frame you buy. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photography 
And off into the sunset we go. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo Photograhpy
And off into the sunset we go. Or were supposed to. Too bad someone got the stupid boat stuck. Photo courtesy of Danita Jo PhotographyStuck boat courtesy of low tide. 
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8 thoughts on “The Wedding Marsh

  1. Wowza! Huge congratulations to you both! Photos will be printed out and put on the Ecosystems lunch table.

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