Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by floskate, Jan 19, 2013.
She looked breathtaking as always. Here's to a happy life filled with love, happiness and time.
Ahhh, the friendly Michelle-Irina rivalry. I miss those days.
I am totally alternating between and : going through all the wonderful pics and comments on this thread.
Lol that the bridesmaids are dressed in Purple, she didn't forget FSU Worlds 2001 SOTBS plum purple , to be exact (coincidence? I think not) , it looks so refined. I wish we had a bridesmaids pic .
Did Michelle convert to his religion?
Thanks for the clip!
How unfortunate a gun-toting policeman (well he's got a holstered gun anyway) almost detracts from the overall beauty of the moment! Still, Michelle looks lovely just the same.
Gun? Where'd she hide a gun in that dress? Vera Wang must be more of an amazing designer than I thought.
I wonder how the bride and groom feel about managing to set this whole thing up in secret, and not have word get out until the actual day, and then having guests Tweeting to the world throughout the entire reception. Personally I think that's kind of rude on the guests' part.
My guess--merely a guess--would be that by the time of the reception, they wouldn't be worrying because it's too late for media to gather. I also would guess that the guests might have asked someone if it would be OK to share some updates for fans.
I hope they asked, although I can't imagine that "updates" are necessary. It's not a staged photo-op or a fan event, it's a day for the bride and the groom and their loved ones.
I was shocked Phil Hersh scored an invite...
I'm not. I remember a detailed article from Hersh that included Kwan picking him up in her car and taking him courtside to a Lakers game as part of an interview. He's been a media fixture throughout her skating career. I'm sure they've formed a friendship of sorts even in those times when he was critical of her.
I wondered if they did any kind of traditional ceremony. I would LURVE to see a pic of the red dress!
By inviting skating reporters Phil Hersh and Christine Brennan, they MUST have had a clue. They're no dummies!
^^ ITA, and as someone already mentioned, the tweets were surely Kween's way of sharing her special day with her devoted fans and with her friends and family too who couldn't be in attendance. Why look for problems where they don't exist? Well, moving on...
Thanks for the above clips from your #17 post in this thread, worldsnice12! There are probably a lot of people who became fans of figure skating because of Michelle Kwan and the fierce courage, grace and beauty she always brought to the ice. The clips you posted are poignant and they never grow old, just as memories of Michelle and her career in skating will never grow old.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGQFLkAvdzE USFS HOF tribute montage
I think what is less understood about Michelle is that it's not just her record-setting victories and medals, it's not her many talents as a skater or the overcoming of weaknesses and losses that make her great. It is more what Tim Goebel recently revealed, and those closest to her already know: how dedicated and disciplined Michelle is/ was and has always been no matter what she does. It is not just the separate elements of her spins, her jumps, her iconic spirals and moves in the field that have awed her most devoted fans. It is more distinctly the way she gave us her all and brought those elements together every time with singular focus, consistency, determination and majesty no matter what was happening in her personal and professional life. Above all, Michelle both on and off the ice always reaches deep within herself and touches us with who she is. She had and has the courage to express who she is with the fullness of her heart and her spirit, no matter the occasion, no matter the challenge. Whether greeted with "triumph or disaster," Michelle has "met and treated those two imposters just the same." Rudyard Kipling
For me, that is one of the major reasons why I love and admire Michelle Kwan. She wrestled Victory out of the jaws of her Olympic defeats/ disappointments. And as her eligible skating career came to an abrupt end, she did not allow the sadness and unsettling ennui of "What do I do now?" to deter her from moving forward. She did not indulge in endless self-pity. As Alexander Graham Bell said, "When one door closes, another door opens." Because Michelle did not wallow in "looking regretfully upon the closed door," she was able to "see" and did not fear walking through new ones that opened for her.
Ahhh, yes a winter bride. Michelle in winter, in January, the month in which she has achieved and bestowed upon her fans many of her greatest triumphs!
Salud, Michelle Ma Belle Kween, and Clay Pell Gallant Prince!
Michelle, Winter in Lausanne 1997 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8i-KY1nuHY (Victory in Defeat)
Michelle, Winter Song in Korea 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppc4UPI2CVs (A Gift to Fans from Michelle and her sister Karen) Kween still beautiful, still fierce and giving all of herself, still touching us with her heart and her spirit
MKF fans have remained loyal and devoted to Michelle, and she has remained loyal and grateful to them. Every year around the holidays, MK posts a greeting to her fans, and this past December was no exception, even in the midst of her busy life and wedding preparations:
The beautiful response to Michelle's Christmas greeting by RickInSanJose is so very apt (and I hope he doesn't mind my re-using the Saint Francis of Assisi quote here which he astutely feels best describes Michelle):
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light from a single candle.
With your own special beauty, courage and grace, and now with Clay at your side, Michelle, keep lighting the way. And thanks for all the lessons I've learned through your example and for all the joy and love you have bestowed upon the world ... inspired in me, and in everyone you have so deeply touched.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1r9u8ye8ME Fields of Gold
Michelle is more or less a well-known figure, but it wasn't Brangelina or Kim Kardashian getting married by any mean. So I think it was easier for Michelle and Clay's guests to have respect and not tweet out to the world.
^^ IDK if it was easier, but obviously friends, family, colleagues and others who knew details of the preparations all respected Michelle and Clay re not revealing anything about the scheduled day right up to the penultimate moment. Then, as Anita18 and others have stated, Michelle and Clay were surely cognizant of the fact that Christine and Phil would be tweeting photos and tidbits during the ceremony and the reception, even as The Providence Journal also began reporting and providing photos online.
Michelle, Winter in Lausanne 1997:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8i-KY1nuHY (Victory in Defeat)
My feeling was incredible because I let myself go. I was flying ... I didn't let anything stop me. I took my chains off ... and let myself go. It felt really free. Michelle Kwan
This young lady is still a Champion, in every sense of the word. Peggy Fleming
Brian Boitano posted a picture of the wedding cake on Twitter! So lovely!
My congratulations go out to Michelle and Clay! May they be happy together for the rest of their lives!
^^ Thanks! A beautiful and scrumptious-looking cake.
I wish Brian would have said what kind of cake it was. Looks great, kinda Vera Wangish.
Very elegant...which isn't my usual reaction to a cake!
AFAIK they were invited as guests, not invited as reporters to cover the event. There's a big difference.
I dunno, if you don't want to have people talk about your event online or posting anything, you don't invite social media addicts. -shrug-
Even Brian Boitano posted a picture of the cake, so all this is probably okay and was expected by the couple. At least it looks like nobody was snapping pictures of the ceremony on their iPads. I went to a wedding where someone was doing just that.
I think it's one of those things where Kwan doesn't want to invite the media to make a big public spectacle of the event, but doesn't mind if people just shared photos on their own social media accounts.
Also, an article and picture was published covering the event, so Kwan knows that her wedding would invite some media attention.
I think it's a good balance. Give enough tidbits to appease fans, but keep it private enough for Kwan and Pell's comfort.
Nothing that has been shared by the attendees has been inappropriate, IMO.
Congratulations! Very happy for her!
Second...Do I see a Vbet in our future?
Yes, and he idolizes her, has since the Lyra days. He had never met her in person until San Jose last yr and he was thrilled to do so.
He wrote a very nice tribute to her on the IN biography page.
If People magazine will be publishing a story and photos of the wedding in their next issue, I'd say Michelle and Clay had no problem with media being there. Maybe they just wanted to control which media? Perfectly fair, I think.
Looks to me like they wanted it kept quiet to the runup in order to keep whackadoo fans from being obnoxious, but after the event, they're perfectly happy to share what happened.
^^ Exactly, ITA, as has already been said numerous times. Anita18 said it best: Michelle and Clay "are not dummies." No way they weren't aware that Phil and Christine would be tweeting photos and tidbits before and after the ceremony and during the reception. No way that Phil and Christine would have been doing so without M&C knowledge and approval. The questioning of it is much ado about nothing, IMHO. There are obviously many people Michelle and Clay care about who couldn't attend, so the tweets and photos were a great way of sharing in real time. It bears repeating: Kween is definitely "no dummy."
That's lovely and very sweet of Grant. Thanks for pointing it out.
And you know this how?
OMG I am in tears. I am three years older than Michelle but I remember being 16 and watching Michelle at 13 at the Olympic Trials and I just feel like I grew up right along side her. There was a point between 1999-2001 where I was not as involved in watching skating but I always would go online to see what Michelle was up to. And then the 2002 Olympics made me the uber I am today. I am so proud to be her fan! She has grown into an amazing woman.
I meant 'gun-toting policeman'. Fixed.
ETA: I want to see that traditional red dress too!
Michelle Kwan has touched my heart, more deeply than I ever knew. I used to follow every competition and performance she gave. Then, after life took us all away in different directions, I didn't follow skating so much. A few champions caught my interest (Davis/White, Virtue/Moir, Kim Yeon-Ah)...I would catch their highlights and still, never with the same depth nor interest as I had felt following the career of Ms. Kwan. Now, with her wedding, I find myself in the old fascination, searching for pictures, revisiting old performances (thanks to all who have posted links), and feeling somehow involved. She is a very special person; I am blessed with her presence in my life. May Mr. Pell cherish and adore her, as we all have.
Given that Clay works for the National Security Council, I would *hope* he would be able to help plan a wedding in secret.
Indeed! Wonderful memories, UGG. Thanks for sharing.
What might it take to quash your niggling worries about "photo-tweeting at MK's wedding," overedge? What, are you practicing to be a prosecutor or are you secretly interested in a career in PI, CSI, or more aptly WSI (wedding scene investigation). Perhaps it will take MK herself wielding Clay's saber to burst your unwieldy bubble.
But since it matters less than nothing and your worries and fault-finding are as usual so much ado about nothing, let me just say for once and for all, Michelle and Clay clearly had to be aware that members of the media whom they invited to their wedding would be sharing some tweets and photos. M&C most likely felt it would be a good way to share with friends, family and fans who were not present. But go ahead and continue making a big deal about it if doing so is important to you. BTW, in regard to Michelle Kwan, maybe I'm clairvoyant or maybe NOT. Who cares?
Ha ha, yes, I read your post twice and I realized you were referring to the security detail at the church. After all, the governor of Rhode Island was there along with other politicos including the Kween bride, and her Coast Guard lieutenant groom who happens to work at the White House. I had to read your post twice, because in that very short clip, my eyes were preoccupied with looking at the Kween and her sister Karen.
im a guy and yet im pretty close to tears
im so melodramatic no? i feel like my big sister just got married..lmao
Oi I need a slap
Michelle is really grown up!!!
Additional reports, but nothing new so far, altho' I hadn't seen the aol video before, even tho' it's not new info:
http://gymtruthteller.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/michelle-kwan-gets-married/ (This blog compiles all articles, tweets, and photos)
Michelle's wedding is now trending #1 on Yahoo!! That's great. People Magazine sort of has the corner on Michelle's wedding. Hopefully, we will see her other two dresses when People hits the newsstands on Friday. Looking forward to it. I also read on Paula Abdul's twitter page that an original song called "My Everything" was written for Michelle and Clay by Donnie Demers and performed by his brother, Jimmy. I have heard a lot about them, but they are not that well known. They are friends of Michelle, and they are very talented musicians. I'd love to hear the song.
What other two dresses? Did she wear a Chinese red one?
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