Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Flight of Fancy.

Byline: SOMETHING NEW By Sharon Niederman * Photo by Aaron Wilson

Dove releases symbolize peace, faith and fidelity

As the bride and groom leave the chapel and the wedding party watches, two pure-white doves fly up and circle the clear azure sky.

More and more couples are opting to seal their marriage vows with a dove release. Doves are universal symbols of peace, faith and fidelity. After all, doves mate for life.

The dove release is the idea of David and Elizabeth Harris, who operate Finca de Paloma, the "Little Farm of Doves," on their one-acre "urban homestead" off Rio Grande Boulevard in Albuquerque. Raising and training doves has become their passion, and during the past year, their dove releases have marked weddings, graduations, celebrations, openings, memorials and gatherings of all kinds with a deeply moving finale. …

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