Wedding Bells: Kris & Mark

Honoring Our Vows

January 25th, 2009

Our Vows

…for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part…

The Wedding Program: The Ceremony

April 5th, 2006

note: Thanks so much to my cousin. Jennie designed our beautiful program…

“Love is a Journey”

The Marriage Celebration of
Kristina Balois Vera
Mark Andrew Phillips
Saturday, August 27, 2005

St.Denis Catholic Church
Diamond Bar, California

Entrance Rite
Music: Prelude “In Love We Chose to Live” – Jeanne Cotter

Music: “Clair De Lune” – Claude Debussy
Teresa Dunne, mother of the groom, escorted by Mark Phillips

Tom Jackiewicz and Jennifer Marzan
Tom Dunne III and Maria Smith
Hans Protzel and Betina Protzel, Matron of Honor
Kaine Marin (best man) and Susan Surapruik, Maid of Honor

Devon Dunne – Flower Girl

Nora Marzan and Porferio Marzan
Marichu Maddy, escorted by Scott Becker
Evelyn Balois, escorted by Charlie Basabica

Jovita Vera, mother of the bride, escorted by Michael Phillips, father of the groom

Music: The Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner
Kristina Vera, escorted by Ramon Vera, father of the bride

Graphics for our Wedding Program

The Ceremony

October 2nd, 2005

photos in Mark and Kristina's Wedding More photos in Mark and Kristina’s Wedding

Exchanging Vows

September 4th, 2005

We got married on Saturday, August 27, 2005 at St. Denis Church in Diamond Bar, California. It was a beautiful cermony and we were so blessed to have all our family and friends travel to Southern California for this special day.

Wedding Traditions….

August 9th, 2005

OK – going through our checklist of “To-Do-Items” for the wedding. Thank you to everyone who has helped out so far and will continue to help for the next 2 weeks and 5 days….yup – that’s how long I have as a single chica before the wedding. eeck!

Last weekend, we checked out our florist in Chino Hills – Buds and Blossoms. Dodi, our wedding florist dude, had a preview bouquet. It looks beautiful! In the car, my honey and I discussed the wedding tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.”

I found an explantion on the

An excerpt from’s article: “Your Gown: Tracking Tradition”

The tradition of the bride wearing something old (for continuity), new (optimism for the future), borrowed (happiness), and blue (fidelity, good fortune, and love) on her wedding day stems from an Old English rhyme. The “something borrowed” comes from the superstition that happiness rubs off, so the bride borrowed something from a happily married woman. “Something blue” comes from the notion that the shade denotes fidelity, purity and love.

Mark said the traditions are “totemic.” But then he said that was more about the family. So he used the word “tailsmanic”. The honey and his anthro background determined this was a better word because it has to do with people and their superstions….for folks who want to ward off evil spirits.

St. Denis

May 25th, 2005

St. Denis

Originally uploaded by queenkv.

I snapped some pictures of my home parish – St. Denis. It’s in Diamond Bar. As a teenager – it was almost a third home to me – the skating rink was my second home.

I’ve always wanted to get married here. So that’s what we’re doing. It’s beautiful to me.

We just got back from our meeting with Msg. Jim. He’s doing the mass for our wedding. A nice Irish priest – with a droll sense of humor.


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