Photo by Will Copeland

Ann is escorted to the prairie by her sons,
Brok and Ben

Friends and family gather on the prairie top


                                                                        Photo by Will Copeland

The Mud Dobbers play sweet music

Gail sings “A New Chapter”

Uncle George and the groom (and Maizey)


Photo by Will Copeland

A circle of family and friends
at the marriage

                                                                        Photo by Will Copeland

Denny performs the ceremony

And there is dancing!

It was a very special day
yesterday
at Turtle Rock Farm.
Ann and Frank Denney
were married.
Family and friends gathered.
We walked together
to the top of the prairie,
where Ann and Frank
and our friend Denny Hook
stood in the center
of the prairie labyrinth.
Our friends in the Mud Dobbers
played sweet music
on guitar, fiddle, madolin,
accordion and flute.
Our sister Gail sang
Earth Mama’s “A New Chapter.”
Denny performed a Native American ceremony,
using a hoop
Ann and Frank had made—
using symbols of their life together:
wrapped in alpaca yarn
from Biak and Darcy;
chicken and guinea feathers,
pecans, seeds, honeycomb.
After a week of strong winds
and cool temperatures,
the day was sunny and warm
and amazingly still—
except for a moment in the ceremony
when the wind blew all around us,
momentarily,
and then stilled again.
We danced
and feasted
and the family played
Trivial Pursuit
into the night.
We welcome you, Frank
to the farm,
to the family.
Ho!