Sunday, November 3, 2013

To have and to hold

To Have and to Hold

Aww, look at them gazing into each each other’s eyes! 


Here is the Certificate of Marriage from the Bride’s Book.

Certificate of Marriage

And here’s the ‘real’ marriage certificate.

MC Levy Martin Cropped

I remember when I sent away to Fresno for this marriage certificate and received a “no record found” response.  Huh?  I asked Mom about it and she was just as confused as I was.  Why was there no marriage certificate?  Did the official ‘forget’ to turn it in?  Finally it occurred to me – they must have applied for their marriage license in another county.  So I asked Mom again and she thought for a minute and said “oh yes, we must have applied for our license in San Mateo County since we were at Stanford at the time”.  Sure enough, that’s where it was.  Phew, I was beginning to worry that my parents’ marriage was not legal.

Ceremony Reception
5409 Wilson Avenue, Fresno was the home of Alan and Hazel Dick.  Alan was the son of Clara McAboy and Alexander Dick – Clara was an older sister of my mother’s grandmother, Mabel McAboy Fitzgerald.  Here they are, along with their daughter Sandy, who was the flower girl.


What a beautiful cake!  I wonder if they smashed it in each other’s face.


I’m somewhat surprised that we didn’t find those bells lying around Mom’s house somewhere. :-)


  1. Great pictures and wow, what a cake! I certainly hope they didn't smash it in each other's faces. You have great treasures here - thanks for sharing.

  2. Lovely pictures! And as Elizabeth already pointed out, that is some cake! Wow!

    Your experience with trying to get a copy of their marriage certificate is a great lesson and reminder to all of us family historians.

  3. I hate that cake-in-the-face tradition. Your parents look too refined to do such a thing. What was the flavor, do you know?

  4. I don't know what flavor the cake was - another question I wish I'd asked Mom. I've been able to piece together so many details but that isn't one of them. :-(

  5. Debi, you are fortunate to have so many clear photographs of that very special day. Every detail is beautiful from the bridal gown to the cake to the flowers girl. I would guess that the cake was a yellow or white cake. I think the various flavors are something we do in more recent years.

  6. Debi,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!