Tuesday, June 28, 2005

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We're married. The wedding, the party, the pre-wedding party (Saturday night, for the out of town folks), and pretty much everything else went as perfectly as one could possibly want--as perfectly as I could possibly want, anyway. Here are some verbal snapshots:
  • realizing that friends who've heard about each other for years were getting to meet (and tell stories about me), and realizing they were having a great time of it
  • my mother getting up during the ceremony to read a poem that she wrote (I had NO clue she was going to do that--she didn't tell me, in part because she wasn't sure she could get through it and only decided at the last minute to go ahead with it)
  • my stepson (officially, now!) deciding he wanted to say something during the ceremony, too, and writing it out and having Grandma type it for him
  • having C's sister perform the ceremony, especially the part where she got a little choked up while reading a passage from "The Little Prince"
  • a simply spectacular party--everyone was just happy and smiling and having a great time
  • my friend J taking care of things. Starting at about Saturday at noon, I just didn't worry about anything. If a problem of some kind came up, J fixed it. What an amazing, generous gift to give us. She also spoke during the ceremony, and it was beautiful and heartfelt and touching, and I love her.
  • B, my other unofficial bridesperson, took care of whatever J didn't. I simply didn't have to worry about things. It was incredible, and I love him, too.
  • Working on the wedding document together. I did all of the lettering--around the four sides, we used quotes from the Buddhist fourfold path (or four noble truths), particularly the "love" part, and we included our vows, as well--and C designed a beautiful leafy border. We didn't intend to make it a joint project, but it was incredibly cool that it worked out that way. I'll post a picture at some point.
  • K ended the ceremony by saying, "Shazam! You're married." Which was totally cool.

We exchanged rings with these words:
I betroth you to me in everlasting faithfulness. With trust and devotion, I will be your loving friend as you are mine. Set me as a seal upon your heart, like this seal upon your hand, for love is stronger than death. And I will cherish you, respect you, honor you, and sustain you, in all truth and sincerity, in times of joy as well as hardship. May our hearts be united forever. May we always keep these words in our hearts as a symbol of our commitment to each other: I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.

I'll tell you more as it occurs to me, but it sure was fun.

5 Comments:

Blogger Melinda Casino said...

Congratulations! It sounds like it went off pretty well, and people had a great time.

Thanks for sharing your wedding with us. 'B' and 'J' sound like they were invaluable.

10:49 AM  
Blogger landismom said...

Congrats on your wedding! Sounds like a great party, and aren't you lucky to have such a good friend as J.

6:22 PM  
Blogger bitchphd said...

Congratulations!!!

1:54 AM  
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