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On the Sunday afternoon of August 18th, music directors, Michael Dirk (St. John’s Shaughnessy) and Annabelle Ip (St. Mark’s, Ocean Park) were married in a grand ceremony that filled the sanctuary of St. John’s Shaughnessy. The officiating priest was the Reverend Father Michael Fuller, Incumbent of St. John’s who warmly welcomed everyone.

Annabelle wore a strapless beaded & sequined dress. The bridesmaids were dressed in short turquoise satin sheath style dresses. Flowers were ivory and yellow, with the fathers wearing red boutonnieres. The mothers wore yellow wristlets. Annabelle and the bridal party processed in to the music of Denis Bédard’s “Romance” and Wagner’s Bridal March.

Organist Ed Norman, pianist Carl Montgomery and the St. John’s Choir led the music with plenty of organ music including the hymns; We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God, A Mighty Fortress is our God and Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying.

The Rev. Dr. John Oakes delivered the address on the subject of “love.” It focused on God’s love for us and our love for God and each other, rather than love for material things or other distractions like sports teams. The prayers were led by the Rev. Craig Tanksley.

The ceremony was followed by a tea reception in the St. John’s garden. The weather cooperated as the sun broke midway through the service to brighten up this extraordinary day.

Image: The Happy Couple. Photo, Barbara Walks