A Wedding to Remember


Twenty years ago we were married on a cliff called Battleship Rock, the place where Russ proposed to me. It was a hot late June afternoon, and climbing the backside of the cliff in a tux and wedding gown was a challenging affair.

It’s also difficult to find a minister who wants to do this sort of thing, but Russ had a friend who also happened to be a gymnastics teacher.


On the cliff we awaited the arrival of assorted family and guests on pontoon boats, having been given a map and time on cartoon wedding invitations that were sewn to a cover of hand-made paper that we had sent out a few weeks earlier.

Meanwhile, our friends in the Celtic Band played music in the nearby cove, on a handmade raft made of all found materials (an artistic idea, but a little risky considering their delicate instruments.)


Kids who happened to be jumping off the cliff into the water were happy to give us a few moments of quiet for the actual ceremony.

And then, being such a warm day and a little nervous about the whole affair, and just luckily having a blue and borrowed swimsuit on under the wedding dress, we peeled off the wedding garb and leap into what we like to call “a life of art together.”


Then it was back to Big Cedar Lodge, a happy reception, and the best twenty years of my life!

Footnote: The photos in this post may seem a little dull. They are antique (pre-digital) and also all our photo albums got water-soaked during a flood a couple of years ago, and though I’ve tried to restore them, they are not what they were.

We visit the rock where we were married each anniversary, and the landscape and nature there is still just as beautiful and inspiring. It’s great to live in the Ozarks and be able to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us here.



26 thoughts on “A Wedding to Remember”

  1. P.S.
    Mary and I are going to Kuaui next month for Mary’s birthday and she says to get remarried. Isn’t she nice.

  2. Ok, incredible…
    That was something I didn’t know about you and I loved it.
    I truly thing you two are great and poetic and wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing that with us.


  3. So cute. I remember your Grandma Kanagawa shaking her head telling me about the wedding. But I was for it!!!
    Happy Anniversary!

    1. She was really puzzled by the whole thing. But it was fun to get her and Uncle Sam out on a boat together. Thanks for the support Betty!

  4. I love the idea of jumping off the cliff, holding onto each other, to begin your lives together!

    Thanx for sharing this moment. I wish I knew you & had been invited to that ceremony!

    But I don’t, so I’ll just say:

    Happy Anny-versary!!

  5. Thank you for sharing a beautiful ceremony.

    I’m a JP and most risky place I’ve been for a wedding is out on a jetty with the tide coming in (fast) in February.

    I also wanted to say that considering how much water you got during the flood, the photos look pretty good!

    Happy Anniversary!

    😀 eirdre

  6. Hi Stacy, Terry, Gerrie and Carol,

    I was just able to add a final photo to the post that shows how the rock looks today. Our old wedding photos were kind of dull and damaged, so wanted to show how beautiful the scene is today.

    Thanks for all the well wishes!

  7. This is definitely a destination wedding before the term went mainstream. I love the photos. Thanks for sharing. Here is to many more years with Russ.

  8. Ok, that is one of the best stories of all time! LOVE the leaping off the cliff together, makes me all teary! Congratulations on the last two decades & CHEERS for many more to come!

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