all grown up

Mauri first met Wally, Ridgely, and their daughter, Jessica, when he spent a week each summer ministering through music at The Firs Bible Conference in Bellingham, WA. It quickly turned into a friendship. When I came along and joined him in that annual ministry, they took me on as a friend too.


Then Jessi grew up and chose to attend George Fox University right here in our little town of Newberg. So whenever the parents could make their way down to visit her, we’d get in on some of the fun.


Then, wouldn’t you know it, after a few years of teaching elementary school, she fell in love and decided to get married.

This afternoon we took a drive through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge to attend the wedding at Bridal Veil Lakes.


I didn’t take this picture but it gives you an idea of our view along the way.


Following a lovely walk through the beautiful grounds, we chose a spot on the very back row of chairs (so I could shoot pictures inconspicuously).


Shortly after start time, we looked up to see these three canoes carrying the male aspects of the wedding party.


Yes, the groom is standing up! We’re listening to the “Indiana Jones Theme” as they paddle to our side of the lake.


That’s our nephew Nate Macy, the wedding officiant, in the center.


They made it safely to shore without incident. And after the whole bridal party entered….


Here comes the blushing bride and her very proud papa.

Not to take anything at all away from the bride’s moment, but you need to know that in 29 years of marriage to Wally, this is the first time Ridgely has ever seen him in a suit. It took such an occasion as this to break the streak. He does look dashing, doesn’t he?




And that was that—Mrs. and Mr.!


To have and to hold from this day forward.


And these two now have a son.





Congratulations, Jessi and Josh Hopkins-Hubbard! May you live happily ever after.

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3 Responses to all grown up

  1. Mary Schrock says:

    What a fun wedding and a beautiful one… coming down the ‘aisle’ in canoes!

  2. Ridge says:

    Thank you for this, dear friend! I have posted links to this on my facebook page and my blog! What a fun, fun day! I think it was everything she hoped for!

  3. Lynn Cooper says:

    Thank you so much for telling this story and sharing your pictures of the wedding. I wasn’t able to attend and this blog made me feel closer to Jessi.

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