Our Wedding

Emma and John got hitched.

On November 5, 2003 I picked Emma at the LRT (light rail transit) station after work. While she headed into the house I went to get the mail. In the mail finally was my little surprise present for her from New Zealand. When I got into the house I put the mail including the package on the corner of the kitchen counter so Emma could find the mail. She saw the package and the customs sticker on it and assumed it was from her grandmother but soon put it down when she saw my name on the package. I told her that it was for her and that she could open it, she was reluctant thinking that it was a Christmas gift she shouldn't have seen. She finally opened the package and found in it a jewelry case containing a pikorua which is a New Zealand symbol we both like a lot. Just as she was ooing and awing over the pendent and giving me a hug, I asked her to marry me. She said yes, started to cry for a minute or two and left me with a wet shirt. We then shared the Crunchie bar that was included in the package by the New Zealand Trading Co.

The Pikorua symbolizes the strength and beauty of enduring friendship and interwoven lives. It is inspired by the symbols of life and growth. The word piko is given to a new shoot, and rua is the number two. This shape depicts two new shoots growing together in life and friendship.


The Engagement

The Canterbury Chapel

The Ceremony