Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Wedding (part II)

(see Part I here)

After the very impressive processional, I don't remember too much about the ceremony. A few highlights so I won't forget them:

- our readings were Micah 6:6-8 and 1 John 4:7-12 ; Micah 6:8 is quite possibly my favorite Bible verse of all time (and has strong memories associated with it, mostly from high school) and it was really wonderful to hear it read: I hope we can live up to that reading in our day-to-day lives. The second reading was actually read in french, as our service was entirely bilingual (french/english) and quite interestingly so, if I do say so myself.

- our minister, Gwenda, was superb. She added so much to the service simply through the spirit in which she conducted everything - down-to-earth, very "real", and yet fully immersed in the beauty of the Anglican (BAS) liturgy. Furthermore, she was understanding and willing to "tweak" the language a tad here and there to allow for a non-heteronormative service, something which was quite important to us. Thank God for understanding, open-minded and compassionate ministers.

- the kids! I asked my cousins kids to be flowergirls (two sisters) and a ringbearer. They were adorable, yet old enough to know what they were doing. Their presence added a feeling of generations and family to the wedding that would otherwise have been lacking.

Those are the highlights of the ceremony, in my mind.
The reception afterwards was also wonderful: we asked people to come up with a rhyme, poem, or song that included both our names if they wanted us to kiss, and that was a huge hit. The kids especially got really into it, and came up with all sorts of songs and rhymes. It was really neat, and I would recommend this to anyone.

The rest of the evening is a blur of people and dancing and pictures and smiles (and very short conversations!).

And then: we were married.


Gawdessness said...

Lovely and congratulations!

Phantom Scribbler said...

The verse from Micah really is lovely.

Beanie Baby said...

You've made me all sniffly.

It sounds lovely. I'm glad it went off so well for you.

Songbird said...

The Micah passage is a favorite of mine, too. It sounds like a beautiful service.

halloweenlover said...

Sounds like a beautiful wedding! Congratulations! The first year of married life was tough, I thought, but being married is FABULOUS after you work out the initial bumps!