Scottish wedding at Lake Tahoe
August 18, 2004
Nicole Lisa Cruse and Seán Alan Cummings exchanged wedding vows June 19 at Upper Truckee Meadow in view of Mt. Tallac and Lake Tahoe. The 3 p.m. double-ring Scottish Highland wedding ceremony was performed by Steve Deasy and witnessed by 75 family members and friends.
The bride is the daughter of Skye Weintraub of Eugene, Ore., and John Caldwell of Whitesboro, Texas. The bridegroom’s parents are Penny Cummings of Buffalo, N.Y., and John Cummings of Sedona, Ariz.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attired in a fitted floor-length cream-colored gown with a chiffon train. She carried a bouquet of red roses and baby’s breath.
Matron of honor was Sonya Massey of Redmond, Ore. She wore a red dress and carried a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet. Best man was Robert Gibson of South Lake Tahoe.
The Black Bear Pipe Band of South Lake Tahoe piped the bride to the ceremony, and the bridegroom, the bridegroom’s father and the minister all wore Scottish kilts. The bridegroom’s daughter, Eyreka Cummings, performed the “handfastening” or wrapping of the bride and bridegroom’s hands with a length of plaid fabric, symbolizing their being joined together. After unwrapping the plaid, the bridegroom’s father pinned it to the shoulder of the bride’s gown with a brooch.
Following the ceremony an informal reception, celebration and light buffet took place at the home of the newlyweds near Truckee Meadow. The reception was fashioned after a celidh, a Celtic gathering with music, dancing and merriment. Many of the guests brought their own musical instruments. John Lawton of San Mateo, Calif., played guitar and Sean Patterson of South Lake Tahoe was the disc jockey.
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Upon their return from a one-week wedding trip to a friend’s cabin at Twin Bridges, the newlyweds established their home at South Lake Tahoe.
The bride graduated from Sheldon High School at Eugene, Ore., and received a associate degree in business from Saddleback College at Mission Viejo, Calif. She currently is attending Lake Tahoe Community College and is a self-employed men’s hairstylist. She is also a tenor drummer with the Black Bear Pipe Band.
The bridegroom earned a degree in graphic design from Monterey Community College and is a self-employed musician. He is a bag piper with the Black Bear Pipe Band.