Family history websites tend to be about collecting bits and pieces of the past, weaving together the family story. Yet, the family story is being lived out right now and is moving constantly toward the future. So, it’s very appropriate to mark with a page of its own the moment that our little family took a step toward its future.
On a beautiful autumn day, the 5th of Chevan 5776, the 18th of October 2015, under a chuppah made of branches and framed by mountains, to the sound of bagpipes, harp, and tin whistle, our daughter, Fawn Willow Gwynallen, married Dylan Adam Rothman at Springfield Manor in Thurmont, Maryland, with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue officiating.
Welcoming Dylan to the family with a tallit after the Ketubah signing, and with the family tartan under the chuppah.
Now another chapter in the family story begins. Please give a listen to what was a World Premiere performance of a harp composition by our vastly accomplished wedding harper, Mark Owen Martin, and commissioned specially by us, her parents, as a wedding gift to the happy couple.
Just before they were whisked away by car at the end of the night, our dear friend, Scott Morrison, performed a final serenade to the couple in the night – a song we wrote to honor our daughter at her wedding – Willow in the Heather – Upon Gwynallen Rock; Seileach anns an Fhraoch – Air Carraig Gwynallen (link to audio to come)
When Fawn and Dylan got engaged, we planted a grove of trees in Scotland to honor their engagement by helping to restore the Caledonian Forest. Anyone may add trees to the grove if they wish. Click below.