June 13, 2023

Torrey Pines


I love you and you love tacos. Let’s get married!

Is there a better way to begin a love story? Once upon a time, is getting old and boring. The couple you see with the bride and groom are David’s grandparents. They had been praying for this day, and had their whole church praying as well. You see it was pouring rain hours before this picture was taken. When I drove past Torrey Pines earlier in the afternoon, it wasn’t just misting or overcast. It was raining, and this is San Diego.

I called Ashley, the wonderful wedding planner, and asked what the plan was. I’ll never forget her words, “The bride says rain or no rain, this is happening.” Remember that picture? Did anyone seem wet or did you see any umbrellas? Around 2pm that day, the rain let up, and the wedding party arrived at Torrey Pines for pictures. Pictures y’ll want to see and then come back and see again. There wasn’t water falling from the sky, but it was overcast and windy. The ceremony was scheduled for 5pm. After capturing the beautiful details and wonderful bliss of the wedding day, it was go time.

As if they were on a timer, the clouds, those angry grey clouds, rolled back. Almost like a curtain being pulled back to let the sunshine in, the clouds drifted away revealing the sparkling Pacific Ocean below and the beautiful sun setting in the distant horizon.

During the ceremony, the couple had asked different couples in their lives to share a few words. Sandra’s sister shared this poem, with reflections from her daughter. Sadly, I don’t have the additions from the daughter, wisdom only a five year old can share. Below is the Shel Silverstein poem.


If we meet and I say, ‘Hi,’

That’s a salutation.

If you ask me how I feel,

That’s a consideration.

If we stop and talk a while,

That’s a conversation.

If we understand each other,

That’s a communication.

If we argue, scream and fight,

That’s an altercation.

If later we apoligize,

That’s reconciliation.

If we help each other home,

That’s a cooperation.

And all these actions added up