Thanks, too, to their photographer for this great shot of me.
At their larger ceremony, Matt and Jennifer and I stood under an arch made my Jennifer's father just the day before. It was really lovely. Their private ceremony didn't detract at all from the joy and celebration of the ceremony with their families and friends. Each were unique. At the moment in the picture below, Matt and Jennifer are putting their love letters into the box with the wine for their Box, Wine and Love Letter Ceremony. We did this ceremony in a different way that is generally written. I wrote the words below to reflect the sentiment that they had requested:
'Author Germaine Greer writes, ‘Successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.’ Throughout your relationship, you have already fallen in love with each other many times. And you will many more times. To remind you of the love you share today, choose a time that calls to both of you to open this box, sit and drink the wine together, then separate and read the letters you wrote to one another on the day you were united as a couple. When you read these love letters, cherish anew the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other, share with each other how your love has grown and deepened and let this small ritual be a renewal of the commitment and love you share. You might like to write new letters and get new wine and let the ritual continue through all the years as a way to honor each other and your marriage.' I love what we created for them and will offer this version, too, to all the couples I marry who choose this ceremony.