For Sarah Morrison and Andy Lepe, the question isn't how did they find each other — it's what took them so long?
Six years later, they finally connected on
“When I realized I was actually going out with him I couldn’t believe it was happening,” she said. That first date led to many more. “She just put a spell on me,” Lepe said.
Lepe, 27, is the owner of TLC Event Rentals in Ventura. Morrison, 27, is an intervention teacher for at-risk students at
What Morrison and Lepe loved best about their wedding was that so many friends and family helped create the event, which lent a profound sense of connection and continuity.
The ceremony was officiated by the bride's 93-year-old grandfather, the Rev. Ernest Morrison Sr., who also married her parents, Lillian and Ernie Morrison Jr., back in 1979. The vows her mom and dad had written back then were the same vows given by Morrison and Lepe.
The bride's Sheraton co-workers supervised the reception, and the deejay was high school buddy Heisler Euan, a.k.a. Kidd Spin, who has a show on Q104.7 FM. Close friend Gayle Suva baked the wedding cake.
Morrison's parents made centerpieces of manzanitas with orchids and candles, and her mother designed exquisite flower arrangements.
Even Morrison's wedding dress is a link in a chain of friendship. The beaded ivory gown with organza overlay was given to a close friend who recently became engaged.
"This couple is so incredibly gracious," said their wedding photographer Jeanne Tanner. "You could just feel how much they were cherished by every person there."
– Maxine Nunez, Custom Publishing Writer