Two To Remember.

I can’t believe today is my two year wedding anniversary – it still feels like just yesterday.  And having been apart from Casey now for four long days, being able to finally reunite in our new home city (Seattle!) on our anniversary feels extra special.

Last year on our anniversary, I finally wrote our very long-overdue wedding recaps:  part one and part two.  This year, I thought I’d share one of my favorite readings we chose during our wedding ceremony.  So often the focus of wedding planning is on the details and the reception/party, while the ceremony itself becomes a bit of an oversight.

We really wanted to make sure that our wedding ceremony was a direct reflection of us, down to every word read and each vow exchanged.  I loved our service so much, and I am so glad that we decided to take the extra time and planning to make it so special.  Through the reading and our first dance song, a look back at how we spent May 9th, 2009…

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Read by our minister, just prior to our vows…

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.

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All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.”

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Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife. – Robert Fulghum

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And the first song we danced to, as husband and wife.  Johnny and June by Heidi Newfield…

Oh there’s something ’bout a man in black,
Makes me want to buy a cadillac,
Throw the top back,
And roll down to Jackson town,
I wanna be there on the stage with you,
You and I could be the next page two,
Hear the crowd roar, make ’em want more,
Kick the footlights out.

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I wanna love like Johnny and June,
Rings of fire burnin’ with you,
I wanna walk the line, walk the line,
‘Till the end of time,
I wanna love, love ya that much,
Cash it all in, give it all up,
When you’re gone, I wanna go too,
Like Johnny and June.

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I wanna hold you baby right or wrong,
Build a world around a country song,
Pray a sweet prayer, follow you there,
Down in history.
More than life itself, no-one else,
This endless promise,
They don’t make love like that anymore,
Is that too much to be askin’ for?

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And when we’re gone,
There’ll be no tears to cry,
Only memories of our lives,
They’ll remember, remember,
A love like that.

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I love you Casey.  See you in SEATTLE!