Saturday, November 01, 2008

Awesome


Wedding was - Awesome.
My dr
ess - Awesome
The ce
remony - Awesome.
Partially falling out of the whale - awesome.
The lack of pictures from the photographer of the ceremony - not awesome. We needed more than one photographer. Frankly viewing some of the STLer twitter gals shots I'm a bit jealous. I really liked the guys photos of others but not as much of our wedding. I looked bored or serious in most of the photos... :(
Back to the awesome.

My girls and boys - Awesome.
My temper well, not so awesome, i tried to not be bri
dezilla but with our parents we often had to tell them to shut up and pay attention.
What details to share.. I danced like the hood rat I pretend to be on the floor. The recept
ion had a few faults but what can you do, seating wasn't right...Too much table in some areas, too little elsewhere.
So without fu
rther adeu i give you the speech performed the the awesome Preppydude and some supplimental photos. You can view our sets of photos not by the photographer here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31667063@N08/sets/

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you tonight as we celebrate the union of Crafty and Crap and Boo. In the years they have know each other, their love has grown and matured, and now they have decided to commit themselves to each other as husband and wife.

The chuppah, or wedding canopy, dates back to the tent-dwelling Jewish nomadic days in the desert. Historically, Jewish wedding ceremonies were held outdoors, and the huppah created an intimate, sanctified space. Crafty and Crap and Boo choose to fashion their chuppah out of bamboo, a traditional Chinese symbol for strength, grace, and longevity.

We come together now, not to mark the start of a relationship but to recognize a bond that already exists. C&C and Boo met at Washington university 9 years ago. Though the class project that brought them together wasn't exactly an academic success - the relationship that bloomed from that time has certainly passed the test.

Their common artistic pursuits are a part of their basic compatibility. Which is especially noteworthy considering their fondness for foot apparel, their love of foods, and their obsession for the color orange. I have to admit that I have enjoyed hearing of their adventures as world travelers and I'm sure tonight's ceremony will be just one more chapter in their amazing journey together.

The promises they are now making to each another are promises of commitment and devotion, companionship and friendship. They are entering into a lifelong partnership in which they will share all their hopes, dreams, ambitions, successes, and yes, sometimes
disappointments and sorrows.

This sharing is not at the expense of their personal individuality;rather, it is their uniqueness that enhances the strength of their common bond. Marriage is a celebration of love.

To you, Crafty and Crap, and to you, Boo, I would say happiness in marriage doesn't just happen. A good marriage must be created, nurtured, and worked at. In marriage, little things are big things. Marriage is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say, "I love you" It is not taking each other for granted. It's a hug sent over the phone lines when you're apart. The courtship shouldn't end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years together. A solid marriage is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives; it is you two standing together facing the world and all it offers. It is also forming a circle of love around you that gathers in family and friends. Marriage is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in a spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It's a continuously open dialog. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is sharing in all things. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. Marriage certainly is finding room for things of the spirit. It is establishing a relationship in which; the independence is equal, the dependence is mutual, and the obligations are reciprocal. Perhaps most important, marriage is not simply marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.

Today's celebration is the outward sign of a sacred and inward commitment.

Crafty and Crap and Boo, will you now face each other, and hold hands?

Boo, do you promise to encourage C&C, to stand by her side. To share laughter during the good times and stand strong through the bad. To dry her tears when necessary and offer a kind word when needed. To share all you have to offer. Do you come with love and without reservation to join together with this woman in marriage?

Crafty and Crap, do you promise to encourage Boo, to stand by his side. To share laughter during the good times and stand strong through the bad. To offer a kind word when needed. To share all you have to offer. Do you come with love and without reservation to join together with this man in marriage?

These rings symbolize your union. An unbroken circle of love. May they be a true symbol of the love of the one who gives it, and the one who wears it.

(pause to give rings)

Boo, slide this ring onto Crafty and Crap's finger and repeat after me, "You are my life, my love, my best friend , may this be a reminder of my love and commitment, with this ring I thee wed;

C&C, slide this ring onto Boo's finger and repeat after me, " You are my life, my love, my best friend , may this be a reminder of my love and commitment, with this ring I thee wed;

The breaking of the glass is a representation of the fragility of human relationships; and a reminder that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever. It's also the official signal to shout, "Mazel Tov!"

May these two find true happiness in their matrimony. I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride.

3 Comments:

Blogger maitai said...

great photos! congratulations :) i love your color scheme.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

The photos you do have are great. Preppydude did a great job on the speech. Congrats!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Marcia said...

Your ceremony verbiage & vows brought tears to my eyes! It sounds so lovely - and your color scheme worked beautifully! I wish we could have been there. Mazel Tov!!!

3:09 PM  

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