Brittany and Ben were married on a bridge, on the beautiful grounds of Della Tera in Estes Park. It was just them, me, and their photographer. What a privilege to be near them, witnessing their vows, and simply catching just a little of the feelings that they expressed to one another. We acknowledged that, in the moment, they had family and friends back home who surely were with them at a heart level, and looking forward to being with them for a great celebration when they return, as husband and wife!
I cannot adequately describe the experience of standing with a groom as his bride is walking down the aisle toward him. Being in the presence of such optimism and tenderness, I am mindful of what a once-in-a-lifetime moment this is. I think of the goodness of two hearts joining together, and I rest in awe and gratitude that this man and this woman have found each other. Two lives fulfilled and blessed....
A recent wedding I performed in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains turned out to have a rather enchanting look and feel. It was a rainy, misty day and, yet, the couple chose to go ahead with their outdoor ceremony. We stood on a bluff overlooking a beautiful, green meadow and, with the mist and the fog, one could easily have imagined we were in the natural wonder of Scottish meadows. A fitting ambience, given that we had a touching a hand-fasting moment in the ceremony, a Scottish tradition that gives rise to the binding of the bride's and groom's hands, hearts, and lives. The fasting, the beauty of the green valley through the mist, and the very atmosphere of love brought them home, and sanctified their union.
In a wedding ceremony last weekend, I took a moment to honor the groom for his service to our country. He had recently returned from Afghanistan, and I shared that both he and his bride live their lives so selflessly. They both always look after others, put others first. When, on behalf of everyone present, I thanked him for his service to our country, for helping to keep us all safe, I noticed that his parents' eyes glistened, his bride looked at the man she was marrying with pure admiration and pride, and his friends and family smiled with a look of affection and gratitude. True love, showing itself in their wedding, in lots of beautiful ways.