A VERY Private Oregon Coast Wedding
by Kelley Besterfield
WOW! Where do I begin... I have overwhelmingly "said yes" to someone on Newport's Embarcadero.
I went to second grade with him and then we were separated until our Junior year. Gary recognized me from second grade and a crush grew. Due to parents divorce I, Kelley, was forced to move to California. Lots of letters, gifts and long distance phone calls followed, only for us to still drift apart.
... fast forward 26 years!
Both married 16 years with kids, divorced about the same time. He had been working for AT&T, unfulfilled to say the least, but left it all to take a chance to become the awesome metal artist he is today (he has his works in Oceanic Arts on Bay Blvd.). And me traveling and moving every 3 years due to my now-ex-husband being in the military.
In June Gary was at his nephew's house (who he is very close to) having a beer and looking at silly YouTube videos when he noticed two photo collage boards from his nephew's wedding. Guess who he saw on his Nephews wifes photo board? ME!!!
Turns out my niece in my home town of Salem married the nephew of my high school crush! I know!!! GET OUT!!!
Soooo now the wedding: just us, no catering, no wedding party, an Officiate, photographer and we are off to a romantic dinner and then flying off to a cruise to Key West (gotta check out Hemmingway's 6 toed cats!) and Cozumel for Cinco De Mayo. Margarita anyone?!! We could just get married in Key West but... it wouldn't be Newport :)
I just can't get the vision of him proposing on Nov. 2nd, full moon that night, the sunset, bridge, seagulls... out of my head. I will never forget it, Key West wouldn't be as special. Any simple but special wedding plans would be great!
In love with Newport,
Gary and Kelley