S & B called me a few months before their wedding with a new plan. The night before their big wedding event & reception, they wanted to take a little hike with a few friends and family, and marry at dusk overlooking the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Was I in? Heck yeah!
When the day came I laced up my hiking boots and met them on the mountain.
Adam and Paula gathered their tribe in the misty meadows of the Green Mountains of Vermont.
The early afternoon rain gathered family and friends together in the big farmhouse, while their camping tents held watch over the soggy ground.
As the ceremony time approached, the rain cleared. And then these two struck gold.
Dane & Allison gathered friends and family, near and far, to South Carolina for their classic spring wedding at Magnolia Plantation. The couple vacationed many years in Charleston and Folly Beach with Dane’s late mother. They carried her memory with them, in the sunlight and the warmth, and the among the orchids and the azaleas.
A reading from their wedding, from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman:
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
Congratulations to my dear friend and beautiful bride, and to the good man she now calls her husband. How lucky am I to have spent these sacred and quiet moments with you on your wedding day.