Our wedding

Shannon M. Seery and Julian E. Gude were married Saturday, September 27th in NYC. Although our love and commitment to each other has been complete since the moment that we met almost three years ago we never did take care of the marriage part. OK, so no one ever accused us of being highly conventional. We had the opportunity to tie the knot before the birth of John but frankly neither of us wanted that to be the final motivation for us to marry (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

What – no big wedding you say! Well, we’re actually going to have two weddings. The service on September 27th was the first service and was just for the two of us. We were married in our favorite hotel in New York – The Royalton. Due to everyone being scattered around the U.S. and the world we figured you could use some time (we certainly do) to put the resources together to attend our second wedding affectionately known as BPIW (big party Island wedding). So, the BPIW will take place next year on an Island somewhere off the coast of Florida (probably the Bahamas since they’re close). We want all of our family to attend!

In the end it was a recent plane ride to San Jose that kicked me in the pants about doing this. There I was flying along when I had one of those moments where I wondered if my particular plane, at that particular moment might just fall out of the sky. Those thoughts led to how much I would miss this wonderful life and all the unbelievably great people I know and love. It’s moments like these that cause us to take stock of our lives and evaluate the things still left to be done. What I determined in those moments is that I didn’t want to go through any more of this life without proclaiming my love for Shannon in this manner – so marriage it is!

Remember, BPIW to follow.

P.S. Since people always ask these questions:
1) I proposed under a moonlit sky on Palm Beach without a soul around
2) I think it was Shannon that said yes but it was kinda dark.
3) No, she’s not changing her name but WE both are. We figured if Seery Gude was a good enough name for our son John that we would both take the name as well.
4) Don’t feel obligated to send anything to us other than well wishes because if you are so inclined we’re going to do that kinda stuff next year.

More about the service
We were married some time around 8:30 in the evening on Saturday, September 27th, 2003 in our suite at the Royalton Hotel at 44 W. 44th Street in Mid town Manhattan. The Royalton is the first hotel that Shannon and I met at after our original meeting in Phoenix in January 2001. We also went their last Valentine’s Day. We stay each time in the same room (1505) and did so this time on our first night there (Friday, September 26th).

Shannon and I both loved the service and Reverend Laura did a really good job of incorporating our vows and beliefs in the wedding. Her husband was there as a witness and also took pictures of the service for us with our digital camera. Even though Rev. Laura has been marrying people a long time this was the first marriage that her husband was ever a witness for which surprised me. I am very happy that Shannon and I are married now – it feels like the right thing for our life.

Our Wedding Vows

September 27, 2003

The Royalton
The Royalton Hotel at 44 West 44th Street in New York City
44 WEST 44 STREET NEW YORK CITY NY 10036

WEDDING OF JULIAN EDWARD GUDE & SHANNON MARIE SEERY

“Julian, you are your own person. I do not have the right to bind you to your bride. Only you have this right. If it is your wish, then take this ring; put it in Shannon’s hand and say, “It is my wish”.

“Shannon, you are your own person. I do not have the right to bind you to your groom. Only you have this right. If it is your wish, then take this ring; put it in Julian’s hand and say, “It is my wish”.

I, Julian Edward Gude take you Shannon Marie Seery, to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love.
I will cherish you and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
I will trust you and honor you.
I will laugh with you and cry with you.
I will love you faithfully.
What may come I will always be there.
As I have given you my hand to hold.
So I give you my life to keep.
For life is short but sweet for certain,
so shall we live each moment as it were our last together.
For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried.
And when we are but ashes may our love rise up like a Phoenix and fly away together.
For not even death can part you from me.

Then you will place the ring on Shannon’s finger.

I, Shannon Marie Seery take you Julian Edward Gude, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love.
I will cherish you and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
I will trust you and honor you.
I will laugh with you and cry with you.
I will love you faithfully.
What may come I will always be there.
As I have given you my hand to hold.
So I give you my life to keep.
For life is short but sweet for certain,
so shall we live each moment as it were our last together.
For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried.
And when we are but ashes may our love rise up like a Phoenix and fly away together.
For not even death can part you from me.

Then you will place the ring on Julian’s finger.

As we light the candles, Rev Laura will read:
“Infinity” to your relationship means that your love is connected through time. This journey that you are embarking on today began on an earlier day and will not end in this lifetime. You dream that you will discover each other again and again in this life time and in lives to come.

The Royalton Hotel at 44 West 44th Street in New York City
Posted by jsg at 08:13 PM

Man as publisher

Yesterday a hack, today a published hack!

Oh, the horror of technology.

Today I have completed the installation of the blog application Movable Type. It marks my first foray into publishing and also gave my limited Internet technology skills a work out! I’m happy to say that I’m running my web publishing application on a free web server – check out 1and1 (see referral based advertising does work!) and I am using MovableType’s shareware application to power the blog. A nod to a new friend Glenda Bautista Agendacide is in order for making me aware of both 1and1 and Movabletype – thanks G!

All of this at no cost to boot – other than my time and effort. I may actually have to learn to write. Egads!

In loving memory of Kevin Joseph Seery

October 8, 1951 – December 6, 2002

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
may God hold you in the palm of his hand

-An old Irish Blessing