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Almost 40 years after ‘crush,’ couple marries in historic Poulsbo cabin
POULSBO — There was a lot of symbolism on this day, the first day of the new year, as sunlight streamed into the cabin Norwegian immigrant Michael Martinson built in 1897 in the place known by the Suquamish as tcutcu lats.
Martinson’s great-grandson, David, and his Suquamish bride, Cindy Louise Webster, married in the cabin at Viking Avenue and Lindvig Way — now a museum of the Poulsbo Historical Society — on Jan. 1.
Displayed on the wall above the table where they signed their wedding documents was David’s great-grandparents’ 1889 wedding certificate. Visible in the upstairs loft was the bedroom set David’s grandmother received from his grandfather as a wedding gift. Displayed in the rafters was the antique carriage in which David’s brother and sister-in-law rode when they married 30 years ago.
Among the guests this day were Ted and Karlene George, the bride’s uncle and aunt, who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
The bride and groom stepped from ferns onto four blankets atop cedar boughs. The bride’s mother, Marilyn Wandrey, who officiated, said the fern and cedar represent strength. Fern and cedar “stay nice and green and beautiful no matter what comes,” she said, and today they provided a foundation for the couple as they started their journey together. She asked God to “bless you and strengthen you in your love and commitment to each other.”
The couple began their journey as a married couple in the presence of more than 30 family members and friends, arguably the largest group ever gathered in the cabin. But their journey to this day had been a long one.
Bride and groom were friends at North Kitsap High School nearly 40 years ago; they bowled together in the junior bowling league and he was unaware she had a crush on him.
After graduation, they went their separate ways, married, and started families and careers. Cindy became an educator, David a quartermaster for Washington State Ferries. Cindy has a daughter, Juli Lynn; David has three children — daughter Stacey and sons Jason and John — and two grandchildren. David retired in 2009 and moved to Oregon for a change, later moving back to be closer to his daughter. One day, while visiting classmates.com he met his old friend, Cindy Webster, from high school, who also was now single.
“When we connected, I said, ‘I’m surprised you even remembered me,’ ” Cindy said. She told him about her teenage crush. Their new friendship blossomed into romance and they dated for a year and a half.
At their wedding, Jason was best man, Juli Lynn was maid of honor.
Ted George wiped what he called “tears of joy” from his eyes and spoke of the couple’s faith. He referred to the Red Road — Christian faith within the Native community. He said the couple is on the “Red Road for eternity — no curves, no stop signs.”
There was humor this day too — an essential element of marriage, Wandrey said.
George said he and David’s uncle, Vern Martinson, attended North Kitsap High School together. “I always said the Class of 1947 was the smartest and best looking ever to come out of North Kitsap,” he joked. Then he said of the couple, “They inherited that.”
Wandrey quoted from Ephesians 4:26 — “Do not let the sun go down on your anger” — and told of a time she was angry with her husband. As nighttime came, he was smiling at her “because he knew I could no longer be angry with him.”
The couple showed no lack of humor. Asked earlier if he thought he could outbowl his wife today, the groom quipped, “Neither one of us has bowled since way back then. I’d probably do nothing but gutter balls now.”
The groom’s brother, Donn, read from “The Art of a Good Marriage”: Never be too old to hold hands. Remember to say “I love you” at least once a day. Never take the other for granted. Continue the courtship. Stand together facing the world. Form a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
After the vows and the first kiss and the presentation of gifts to the wedding party, the couple walked out together into the New Year’s sunshine, holding hands, embraced by the love of family and friends, ready to face the world together, at long last, as husband and wife.