Emily and Ian, their friends and family gathered together at the beautiful Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Emily's father walked her up the aisle to our altar, giving her a fatherly kiss on her cheek before turning to Ian and giving his a heart felt handshake. It is always such a bittersweet moment for fathers. I see their eyes moisten as if they were transported to a time when their little girl was a young child. Their eyes say, "Where did the time go?" These are sacred moments and I am blessed to participate in marrying such lovely couples.
Emily and Ian planned a beautiful service complete with a sacred reading delivered especially for this occasion. Michelle chose to read from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. And Lisa shared a special reading of Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Buddha's Words on Loving-Kindness.
The sand ceremony symbolizing the joining of their two lives and legacies was completed by both the bride and groom along with parents and grandparents from both families; it was a lovely, meaningful blessing of their extended families performed to join all as one in recognition of their new lives joined together in marriage.
After the sharing of their vows and the exchanging of rings, it was my distinct pleasure to pronounce Emily and Ian to be husband and wife.
Congratulations Emily and Ian! May your love sustain you always!