It started out last night with an outdoor wedding under huge trees at a place called On The Green — the weather was relatively cool, sunny — and we were all in the shade, yay! The bride, Brianne, had asked me to begin by calling in the directions, something that has happened only a handful of times in the past 13 years. Beginning with this always takes us to a deep place right away. Wonderful!
The rest of the ceremony was very personal, sweet and meaningful — tailored for this special couple.
Then we come to this morning. At 10:00 a.m., I met Rey and Sergio (and two of their dear friends) at their local bakery. I was fortunate to assist them with their first commitment ceremony on 5/15/04 — over seven years ago! Today, I led them through a brief but very moving same-sex wedding so we could complete the signing of their new license.
The energy between them was powerful, soft and deep — there had been a few edges back at the original wedding, this time, there were none! They told me that, in all this time, they have spent only one night apart — and that was hard for both of them.
As they turned to one another and spoke their deeply heartfelt vows, my eyes filled with tears. Another miracle of connection, sharing and love — another covenant for me to witness and appreciate.
More tears, more sweetness this afternoon at the wedding of Kristen and Tony ‘way out west in the Naper Chapel. Their connection runs strong and true, and the joy they radiated as they saw one another for the first time today was very special. They had chosen the language in their script very carefully, and several of their guests asked me afterwards if they could get a copy of various sections. When I said I would be glad to send sections to them if they emailed me, they were delighted, and said they would follow up with me soon. Gratifying!
Is it any wonder that I love this work? Depth, passion and commitment are my daily bread, and I get to be the doorperson for these couples as they step through to this new phase of their relationship. Wonderfilled!