Taking the Silver


I wrote this with the intent of having it published in the Ramona Sentinel — but somehow it was overlooked. It’s fun to look into a time capsule — even if its only in writing.

After the sun set through the beautiful stained glass windows of the First Congregational Church of Ramona, Miss Mary Conklin and Thomas Joaquin Darby were united in marriage on January 17, 1987 at seven in the evening by the Reverend Alexander S. Dreese.

Guests were seated by ushers Steve Conklin of Ramona and Fred Conklin of Fontana, California. The organist played Pachelbel’s’ “Canon in D,” to the traditional “Wedding March.

Mr. Don Conklin escorted his daughter to the altar. Mary’s Matron of Honor was Mrs. Sarah Hart, sister of the bride, of Ramona. Mr. Adam Darby, brother of the groom, from Fortuna, California stood up as Best man for Tom.

The Bride wore a beautiful two piece mid-length ensemble made of winter-white silk, accented by her black hair which was pulled up by two pearl combs. She carried a bouquet of pink and white flowers.

A dress of dusty rose with a french lace collar was worn by the Matron of Honor. The Groom and Best man wore winter-white double-breasted jackets with charcoal gray slacks and dusty rose bow-ties.

A reception followed the ceremony at the home of the Bride’s parents in Ramona. Decorations and wedding cake were in dusty rose and winter-white with the cake having flowers of pink and white cascading down its two layers.

Assisting with the guest book was Miss Cathy Harrington, friend of the Bride. She doubled by helping at the gift table as well.

The couple honeymooned at Disneyland before returning to their home in Reno, Nevada. Both are employed by major hotel and casino’s.

The new Mrs. Darby is the daughter of Helen and Don Conklin of Ramona. Tom is the son of Margery Olivera of Fortuna, California and Tom Darby of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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