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Sally G. Boisvert — Raphael T. McGuire

HAINES, Alaska — Sally Gardner Boisvert and Raphael Tobias McGuire of Haines, Alaska, were married on August 3rd, 2013. The ceremony was held in Haines, Alaska, from a vista overlooking the Upper Chilkat River Valley. Officiating was the groom’s sister, Rebecca Bentzen. Readings were given by Torsten Bentzen and the groom’s cousin, Harper Simmons. The nephews of the groom, Torleif and Halfdan Bentzen, served as ring bearer and flower boy. The bride carried a bouquet of roses from the groom’s mother’s garden and Alaskan blueberry.

The bride is the daughter of Joanne Gardner and Tom Boisvert of Northfield, Massachusetts.

The groom is the son of Sally and Tom McGuire of Haines, Alaska; grandson of Joann S. Grohman, Carthage, Maine, and Olive Ann McGuire, Traverse City, Michigan.

A reception followed at Four Winds Farm on Mosquito Lake Rd., Haines, home of the bride and groom. Flowers and wildflowers for the reception tables were grown by the groom’s mother, Sally McGuire.

The wedding feast was prepared by the groom’s cousin, Harper Simmons, with much assistance from family and friends. The food served at the wedding was locally grown and harvested from the Alaskan wilds by the bride, groom and family members. Caribou, moose, bear, salmon and farm-raised ham were served along with many salads and vegetables grown on the couple’s farm. Harper also prepared an Alaskan Blueberry parfait for the wedding luncheon. A special Alaskan cranberry mead was prepared by Nick Lisuzzo.

The four-tiered lemon raspberry wedding cake was baked and decorated by Rebecca Bentzen. The wedding cake layers were filled with raspberry jam made by the bride and the couple made homemade blueberry ice cream for serving with the cake. A batik wall hanging designed and crafted by the groom’s grandmother, Joann Grohman, hung above the wedding cake and silver birds from the bride’s grandmother’s wedding cake adorned the cake.

Square dancing followed the reception with music provided by the band, Sweet Sunny North. Calling was Spencer Douthit of Haines, Alaska.

Family and friends attending the wedding from out of town were the bride’s parents, Joanne Gardner and Tom Boisvert; the bride’s sister, Marie Boisvert and her partner, Jeremy Peach, Townshend, VT; the bride’s Great Aunt, Alice Grover, Dover, NH; Stephen and Martha Balazs, from Northfield, MA; the groom’s uncle, Dr. Bret Luick, and cousin, Harper Simmons and his son Eli, all from Fairbanks, AK; the groom’s sister, Rebecca and husband, Torsten Bentzen, and their sons, Torleif and Halfdan, Tok, AK.

The bride graduated from Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Northfield, MA, and attended Bard College in New York, graduating from the College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. She is a biologist on Desert Tortoise research projects, working in Nevada and Southern California. She also owns and operates Four Winds Farm, an organic farm, in Haines, Alaska.

The groom graduated from Haines High School, Haines, Alaska, and from the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine. He is a biologist working on desert tortoise research projects in Nevada and Southern California. He is also a carpenter and builder.

Together they will begin their first season of commercial salmon fishing in the summer of 2014 aboard their new 72-year-old wooden fishing boat.

The bride will use the name Sally Boisvert.

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