S: Nate & Leila's Wedding Album
BC: September 15th, 2013 Craven Farm, Snohomish, WA
FC: SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 | Nate & Leila
1: “I loved you backward and forward in time. I loved you beyond boundaries of time and space.”
3: Getting Ready
8: To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. - Lao Tzu
13: “In the end--when all else is dust--loyalty to those we love is all we can carry with us to the grave. Faith--true faith--was trusting in that love.”
16: A day we will never forget.
21: Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
22: May your days together be good and long upon the earth.
26: Toasting good times...
28: Marriage is the secret of how two people truly become one. It is not that they merge together and lose their individuality. Far from it. Rather, it is that they are joined together in a single relationship – a marriage. At times, each may struggle with this relationship, having to check his or her ego and wants for the good of the relationship. Such a struggle helps forge a unity in togetherness. | The Asian Taoist symbols of yin and yang provide a good representation of this marital relationship. Both yin and yang can exist independently, but joined together, they form a balanced circle, the yin-yang. When each person has to yield enough to the marriage instead of to his or her own personal whims, both will realize over time that they have truly become one in marriage.
29: First, Leila and Nate, may you always treat each other with respect, regardless of your disagreement or anger at any one moment. May you value each other’s thoughts and opinions, even though they may differ from those of your own. Often it is through differences that one grows as a person. Second, may you always treat each other with fairness and compassion. Without justice, bitterness will soon arise. And without compassion, how can there be empathy or forgiveness? | Third, challenge each other to ask questions...about who you are and your place in this world. Encourage each other to explore your limits, be they physical, spiritual or emotional, and to continue grow and evolve. Lastly, in a household filled with different personalities and opinions, I suggest you always remember the democratic process. Let each person in both your nuclear family have a say in the decisions made by the family. May such a process help make your lives run more smoothly.