FC: Our Wedding, August 19-21st, 2011
1: The Privileged Lovers The moon has become a dancer at this festival of love. This dance of light, this sacred blessing, This divine love beckons us to a world beyond only lovers can see with their eyes of fiery passion. They are the chosen ones who have surrendered. Once they were particles of light now they are the radiant sun. They have left behind the world of deceitful games. They are the privileged lovers who create a new world with their eyes of fiery passion. | ~Rumi
2: First Date | I would LOVE to see you! | On July 19th, '09 we became partners. | First year anniversary | We picked our wedding spot
3: Meaningful Days
4: Doe Bay Resort
7: Saturday Morning
8: Preparations Below | Thank You Michelle!
9: Preparations Above | Officiant Extraordinaire!
10: The Musicians, Krystal and Susan
11: The labyrinth is an important symbol for our relationship as it reminds us that relationships will have twists and turns. Sometimes we may feel far apart, other times closer together, but if we keep walking, keep communicating, we will always come to the center. It also reminds us to breathe and be mindful. One cannot get lost in a labyrinth, you must simply follow the path; it is when you try to take shortcuts and step out of the labyrinth that you get lost. Relationships take work.
13: I lost my vows in the bathroom. Michelle kicked off her shoes, ran down the hill and found them.
16: Beloved: We are gathered here to celebrate the union of Seth and Carolyn. This is a formality as this union is already cemented. Seth and Carolyn are excited to welcome you this day, to this place atop Mt. Constitution, in view of Canada, within the US of A. This place is special and represents the relationship these two have forged. It is meaningful, all the more so because of the meaning you add to this event by being here. Seth and Carolyn love all of you here, and also those who could not make it, specifically Seth's mom Terry recovering in Colorado. Marriage is built upon trust and support. Seth and Carolyn view this as a commitment to each other and request support from each of you. In that vein, I ask you all now to take a vow. Do you pledge to support Seth and Carolyn in their life together? How did these two meet and come to share each other's lives? The span of this union has been characterized by improbability, which fostered no expectations. It has also been difficult because of distance and all that that leads to. Carolyn, the world traveler that has more stamps in her passport than there are in a post office; 10 years ago, she traveled to Spain where she met Jason from the States, also traveling. As a traveler you often get out of touch with people, but not Carolyn and Jason. 6 years later, she came to visit him in Colorado Springs where Seth lived with his family after having moved from his childhood home here in the Puget Basin. They were taken by each other, but otherwise involved. This meeting remained in each of their minds, though made difficult by circumstance. Carolyn returned to her home in Vancouver and continued her studies. Two years ago, two years after meeting, they decided to make a go of it, with no expectations, due to improbability and distance. They went to another wedding and that did it. Since then, despite difficulty and distance they have held together, and now they make these vows to each other in front of their community.
18: From the moment I met you, I knew there was something special. We got together with no expectations and because of this we were open, we allowed ourselves to show our true selves and love grew. Adapted from a Native American Prayer: "I promise to be a patient companion to listen with a heart as open as the sky. I promise to see you through your eyes, and I promise to have eager ears when hearing your story. I promise to create a safe place and open meadow in which we may walk together. I promise to be a clear pool in which you may reflect in. I promise to see your beauty and wisdom, healthy, loving, and strong. I will honor and respect your choosing your own path and support you to walk it freely. I promise to remember that although you and I are different there is a peaceful place where we are one.. " I promise to love and let live, to embrace and forgive, to sustain and care. May we help each other reach our better selves. May we love more and hate less, care more and reject less... Bound together by understanding, may be sustain each other through trial and tribulation, through joy and happiness, through sickness and health.
19: From the day we met 6 years ago, I knew we had the promise of something special and unique. We entered into this relationship with no expectations that it would grow to where we now stand; in fact, we began with the understanding that we could not expect such a thing. We are here today as the result of much serendipity and luck, but more than that, we are here as the result of tremendous work, sacrifice, and an over-riding belief in the power of yes. The poet Rilke said "For one human to bring love to another human being is perhaps the most difficult task that has been given to us, the ultimate , the final problem and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation". So in commitment to that work; which we affirm now., I promise to be your companion in times of adventure and in times of solitude. I promise to support you after long days and nights. I promise to be open and present in all aspects of our relationship, to never shut down or back away. I promise to be a mirror to reflect back your beauty and brilliance, lest you forget. I promise to see in your eyes, my best self, to be that best self every day. And finally, I promise to work everyday to deepen and reinforce our love, and to make you proud to call me your husband.
21: You may now kiss your husband!
24: We just got married! Wonderment, gratefulness, JOY!
25: "There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved."
30: " IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' BUT A LIFETIME TO SHOW IT." - TERESA COLLINS
33: On love When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you, yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you, believe in him, though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn, he gathers you unto himself. He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds your whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant. And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you become scared bread for God's sacred feast. All these things shall love do to you to that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart. But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure, then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing flock, into the season-less world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. ~Kahlil Gibran
34: I will love you forever
35: true | Love
38: Some Toasts
43: Thank you Paula!
44: Thank You!
45: The most generous man I know, who would literally give you the shirt off his back. A woman who makes the world a better place simply by her presence. | Welcome to the family! | ...Or even the simple manner of how you hug someone feels like you are embracing their soul.
47: ...And we danced, we drank, we ate, we partied. Good friends, family, and an abundance of love from everyone and to everyone is what made our wedding so amazing!
49: On Marriage Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other''s keeping, For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and cypress grow not in each other's shadow. ~Kahlil Gibran
51: Where it all began... our Colorado reception, September 3rd, 2011
56: Yummy barbecue with salmon all the way from Vancouver! Horseshoes, croquet, and of course amazing company!