Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Wedding Dance is a timeless ritual... Surrounded by a group of family and friends. Watching, smiling, taking bets on how long it's going to last

I went to a wedding on Saturday. The groom is my boyfriend's brother. I suppose as a woman it's no big surprise to anyone that I absolutely love weddings. Although I guess some women find them inane, tacky, sappy, and even a reminder of one's romantic status. Even though I am in a relationship, I have to say that I enjoyed weddings even as a single girl.

Weddings are so interesting to me for the simple fact that you learn so much about a couple by what you see at their wedding. Also, for me, this was a giant opportunity to meet my boyfriend's entire family. Yikes, no pressure there. And manage to body shield my heart from the seemingly innocuous, "First your brother, then you're next!"

For me the most informative part of this particular wedding was the actual ceremony. The entire function took place at one location, the ceremony and the reception. The ceremony was in a pretty room that had an almost Greek garden appeal. They had their own reverend (a woman) and the vows were a-traditional.

At first, she recited the verse from the bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous, love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offense, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end.”

I love that quote; after the standard thanking of friends and family, the MC went into detail about how the couple met and a summary of their time together. She even incorporated quotes from the pair about the other. That was the most telling part. And part that made me tear up. That and when they did their own vows. I love that.

I know some people find weddings annoying, but I think it's important to recognize your love for your partner in a ceremony that binds your love in front of friends and family. And then kick off your union with a party! Who doesn't like that?

Title Quote: Wedding Date