Elope! It’s just—better.

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In the afternoon of 4 July 2013, I proposed to Johnna Lynn Benson, up in the woods above Palo Alto. She accepted my proposal, and we decided to get married the very next day, 5 July 2013!

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Suffice to say, the Baylands Fireworks show was the best Fourth of July show yet!

4 July 2013 Baylands Fireworks. Photo by jdpf.

The 4 July 2013 Baylands Fireworks were the best yet! Especially post proposal! Photo by jdpf.

So, we secured some childcare for her children, got dressed up early in the morning, and went down to the Santa Clara County Clerk’s Office on 5 July 2013 to be married. We brought our vital documents and photo-ids with us, took a number, filled out the computerized forms, and waited to be called. Santa Clara County Clerk’s Office just launched a program called: “Express Marriage Ceremony” which is done right at the window! How cool is that?!

We felt that such a ceremony was perfect for us, so that’s what we did.

Married! Just after the Express Marriage Ceremony. Photo by the man who married us.

Married! Just after the Express Marriage Ceremony. Photo by the man who married us.

After the wedding, we began an exhausting day of errands, ferrying children to friend’s houses, and taking a teenager to the airport. But wait, there’s more… between errands, we captured a few wedding photos. Here is the best one:

Jonathan Daniel Pratt Ferguson and Johnna Lynn Benson Ferguson, wed, 5 July 2013. Photo by jdpf.

Jonathan Daniel Pratt Ferguson and Johnna Lynn Benson Ferguson, wed, 5 July 2013. Photo by jdpf.

Then we attended a corn-starch party, where Johnna’s friends learned that she had just been married. Much enjoyment was had by all at the edge of the corn-starch pool. Of course, we had to avoid the corn-starch fire-breathing festivities as we were still in our wedding clothes!

At the end of a long day, we began our San Francisco Honeymoon.

And so, our adventure begins!

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