Thursday, August 26, 2010

Steve and Emmy and Just Their Kids, and Odie Their Dog

Emmy and I communicated only by phone and email so it was a special treat to meet Steve, Emmy and their children and dog, Odie, at The Raleigh Rose Garden on their wedding day, June 11th at 10am. The only other two in our small group were Thad, their photographer, a friend of Emmy's from her work and a professional photographer, and his wife who generously helped from the background.

We gathered in a small circle in a sunny and rosy spot - just us with Odie carrying in the ring in a small bag around his neck. I loved the intimacy of it and it fit them.

We created a unique ceremony honoring the joining of these two special families: Emmy with her two daughters and Steve with his one son.

Special to their wedding was the 'Wedding Prayer' by Robert Lewis Stevenson which goes:
'Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank you for this place in which we dwell, for the love that unites us, for the peace accorded us this day, for the hope with which we expect the morrow, for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth. Amen.'

They each wrote vows to the children that were sweet and personal and then presented small tokens of family to each child and which fit each child.

This is a family already, in spirit, love for each other, and in joy at the love of their parents. There was much laughter after the ceremony.

and some great additional kisses by Steve and Emmy. I came home on that Thursday morning as they went on to lunch and celebration. I loved being a part of their lives at this special time and seeing the devotion, love, respect, and sense of joy each member of that combined family have for each other. What a treat!

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