Kristin DeAnn Gabriel, formerly of Los Angeles, and David Fremont Atwood, a 25-year resident of Idyllwild, were married on Saturday, April 22, at Charles Karubian’s Tree House.

The wedding procession marched in to Etta James’ soulful tune, “At Last,” which had ironic significance for all the guests who waited graciously but too long, due to one bridal party member who suffered mountain sickness.

The enchanting wedding deck, created by well-known floral designer Nelson Calfat, was adorned with wild lilac flowers, the bride’s mother’s favorite.  The couple stood under an arbor decorated with lace and native foliage and the bridal party flowers were from Idyllwild’s Florist in the Forest.

The Rev. Kathy Halkin conducted a spiritual ceremony from the welcome and blessing to the vows, benediction and presentation of the newlyweds who skipped out to the ABBA tune, “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do.”

Guests enjoyed a reception with cuisine provided by Truxton’s American Bistro in Los Angeles, and a  three-tiered, drum-shaped wedding cake was created by The Town Baker.

The Atwoods will continue to live in Idyllwild with the intent to pay love forward.