Friday, June 19, 2009

Wedding Guests as Witnesses

Right before the birthday in Germany, I had the privilege of attending an intimate wedding, about 45 friends and family members, in Mexico. The couple walked down the aisle hand-in-hand, and also skipped the bridal party and groomsmen traditions. Instead, each guest was given a calla lily boutonniere, as if we were all in the wedding.

And we were: the officiant asked us all to take a vow to protect their union just as they had to promise to love and protect each other. Their love has survived continents apart, the swine flu, and so much more; I can't imagine what marital trouble I could help them through after all that. Alas, do we ever know what trouble will come? Every guest was a witness, and we all gladly answered, "I do." Congratulations!!! May this day be the day you love each other least for the rest of your lives.

1 comment:

  1. This is so great, Ivy! Thank you so much. I feel honored that you wrote about your experience at our wedding. When Arne and I got married at the courthouse, we were alone. The point of this ceremony was to make the commitment in front of our families and friends. We asked the minister to focus on community because you and the rest of our community are who nurture our relationship. We're grateful that you were there!



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