The Crowd: Newport wedding brings sweetness with beauty

September 05, 2012|By B.W. Cook
  • Allyson Ramser weds Alex Young in a sentimental summer wedding ceremony at St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach.
Allyson Ramser weds Alex Young in a sentimental summer… (Daily Pilot )

If there is veracity in the adage that "God is in the details," then surely the grace of the almighty watched over the nuptials of Allyson Ramser and her beau, Alex Young.

Their exquisite summer wedding began with a sentimental family ceremony at Newport Beach's St. James Anglican Church, officiated by the Rev. Richard Crocker. The traditional vows held a special meaning for the young couple inasmuch as the church has been a part of their family history for multiple generations.

Crocker, in his deep rich English accent, broke the ice of the formal vows by sharing a story about another young couple he married.

"The groom's attendants decided to have a bit of fun and painted the letters H, E, L, and P on the soles of the groom's shoes," he said with a grin. "When the couple kneeled down to take their vows, the bottom of his shoes brought the congregation to laughter."


The humor was a precursor to a bit of life philosophy on facing the challenges in life and marriage, with a positive approach to everything that a couple will face in a long and loving relationship.

"We all need all the help we can get," he said, adding that an important aspect of marriage is the support between a loving husband and wife at all times and in all circumstances.

The bride was radiant, exquisite in a gown by Enzoani as attendants and sisters Kimmy and Claire Ramser assisted, moving her flowing white veil aside for the groom to seal the wedding vows with a kiss, or actually two.

Parents Ann and Scott Ramser and Margie and Jim Young joined grandparents Phil and Trish Ramser, Pat Moon, Shirely Spencer and Betty Davies in holding back a sentimental tear as the bridal party made their way down the aisle to the applause and well-wishes of some 200 guests.

Outside the church, wedding planner Brooke Keegan arranged for a trolley to be at attention to transport the wedding party to a reception and dinner at the Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine. Family and friends arrived as white-gloved wait staff served icy margaritas and steak tartare under flowing market umbrellas on the club's terrace that fronted the championship golf course.

The wedding dinner could have been in the Hamptons — or perhaps even somewhere in the south of France — as the party moved from the cocktail terrace to an outside grotto, which was beautifully designed in a tasteful summer fashion right out of the pages of a Martha Stewart magazine spread.

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