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Will and Ruth’s “Lady Chapel” wedding

Ruth Rebecca Jackson and William M. Graves Jr. were married Aug. 6 at the Lady Chapel, a log cabin chapel on the Graves family property in Grand Isle.

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The property is beautiful… and quite old. The bible in the chapel dates back to Will’s ancestor, John Henry Hopkins (January 30, 1792 – January 9, 1868), who was the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and was the eighth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Pretty impressive!

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The couple met in 2009 at Rollins college in Florida, where Ruth is the administrative assistant in the modern languages and literatures department. Will received his MBA from Rollins and is a longtime supporter.

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But academia took a backseat to LOVE on this beautiful Saturday morning, and family and friends gathered at this perfect little chapel to watch Will and Ruth exchange marriage vows and seal their wedding by signing the family bible.
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Then it was onto the “Wedding Bells” Bungalo to cut the cake. This was a very special cottage on the property which housed many sacred and historic family items, including the Chickering piano where Will’s uncle, John Henry Hopkins, III composed the music for “I Sing A Song of the Saints of God.” In the hymnal, the music is called “Grand Isle” because he originally named the tune that in honor of his home there.

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…Seal it with a kiss!
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Ruth’s special cake topper was a great way to show off the wedding bands.
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So sweet…
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The reception was held on the property, overlooking Lake Champlain and included a scrumptious lunch with lots of fun, toasts and hugs!
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Team Bride…
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Team Groom…
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And a special gift for the bride– some fancy new monogrammed sandals!
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Here’s a fun slideshow, looking back at the celebration, with music by John Legend. The show is in FLASH, though, so put down your iPhone and go find a laptop so you watch it!

Congratulations, Will and Ruth!!!

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If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Ruth and Will’s wedding day, you’ll need to get the password from the bridal couple and then you can click HERE

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