A sparkling day at Pajaro Dunes was the setting for the wedding of Julia Halprin Jackson, formerly of Davis, and Ryan Alpers of San Jose, on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014.
“We’re writing a story together,” the bride and groom told family and friends as they stood under a chuppah built by the bride’s father of walnut branches and decorated with flowers. The couple walked down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s wedding march performed and recorded by the bride’s grandmother, Saralee Halprin of Santa Monica.
Julia, daughter of Alan Jackson and Lyra Halprin of Davis, is a 2002 graduate of Davis Senior High School, a 2006 graduate of UC Santa Barbara and a 2012 graduate of UC Davis’ creative writing master’s program. As a college junior she studied in Granada, Spain, and after graduation returned to Spain to work in an elementary school bilingual education program.
She works as a writer and editor for UCSC Silicon Valley Extension. Julia is one of three co-founders of Play On Words, a collaborative literary performance series in San Jose pairing performers with up-and-coming and established writers. Play On Words will make its LitQuake debut in San Francisco on Oct. 18.
Ryan, son of Rick and Shirlee Alpers of San Jose, is a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He received a bachelor’s in literature at UC Santa Barbara and a teaching credential from San Jose State University. He teaches English and journalism at Lincoln High School in San Jose, where he coaches the badminton team. Ryan also has written and performed at Play on Words, and has built contraptions for the Maker Faire and Burning Man festival.
The couple met at the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and became reacquainted in a writing group in San Francisco. Together they have camped in 25 states and traveled through 20 national parks. They also enjoy running together. Julia has completed four half-marathons with her mother-in-law. Julia and Ryan wrote special 100-word story postcards in honor of their wedding.
Bridal attendants included man of honor Joshua Halprin Jackson of Honolulu, Hawaii, the bride’s brother; maids of honor Laurel Brittan of Inverness and Tiffany Edwards of Berkeley, and Dumindra Gurusinghe of Spokane. Julia’s sister-in-law Shelby Ho of Honolulu read a statement dedicated to Julia’s family, while Stephanie Thayer of Davis read a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Richie Alpers of El Dorado Hills served as his brother’s best man. The groomsmen were David Tannaci of San Francisco, Cleveland Motley IV of San Francisco, and Andrew Christian of San Jose. Ryan’s sister-in-law Ashley Alpers read Ryan’s statement to his family.
Bayard Nielsen, a friend of the couple, was the officiant. Ryan’s cousin Emily Abernathy served as the couple’s day-of coordinator. Family friend Judi Bloom designed and crafted centerpieces and venue decorations. The mother of the bride, with help from family and friends, used local flowers to create bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.
After dinner, the guest enjoyed pies, the dessert of choice in honor of Julia’s late grandmother Alice Jackson, and grandfather Fred Jackson who passed away the day before the wedding.
Julia and Ryan live in San Jose, where together they work, run and write.