Tahoe brings matrimonial bliss
Lifetime memories for family and friends were created at 4:30 p.m. July 14 on Elks Point when “Abby” Anne Sampson Bowers and Matt Edward Gerken were joined in matrimony. The bridegroom’s mother, Anne Gerken, a marriage celebrant, officiated at the ceremony, which took place on the bridegroom’s parents’ lakefront terrace, with Tahoe providing a picturesque backdrop.
The bride created a grand entrance by kayaking along the lakeshore in large waves whipped up by 25 knot winds and safely maneuvered through boulders into the calm waters of the breakwater. She was helped onto the dock by her two nephews, Cole and Eden. A bridal procession of nine children blowing bubbles slowly ascended the stairway leading from the lake to the terrace. The bride carried a topiary, and as the couple were pronounced husband and wife they each blew giant bubbles to the strains of “All You Need Is Love.”
Pre-wedding guitar music was provided by Clayton Ramsay, who afterwards played down on the boulders as children and guests explored the breakwater by paddleboat and kayak.
The bride’s family had traveled from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and the bridegroom’s brother, Chad, has returned from a year in Australia. The bridegroom’s grandmother to the ceremony by telephone from Cairns, Australia, and afterwards was able to congratulate the happy couple.
The following reception was casual family style with buffet hors d’oeuvres, barbecue, traditional cake cutting and dancing. The bride and bridegroom presented an entertaining slide show depicting childhood pictures as well as shots of their many travels in the past five years to places such as Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Greece and Israel.
The newlyweds met in 1995 at Mountain Biking Nationals in Helen, Ga., and have been members of the national team for several years. The bride has won the Nappa World Cup for Junior Women and the bridegroom has achieved national champion.
The couple will make their home temporarily in Boston, while the bride attends graduate school at Harvard University for her master’s program at the school of divinity. The bridegroom will continue with construction supervision of several lakefront homes.
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