They chose the poem 'Love' by Roy Croft speaks to them of their love and reminds us all of what the journey of a loving marriage is about.
Both Melissa and Brian are in helping professions and are compassionate and kind people. They are the people who bend the world toward goodness by their work and their lives. It was a joy and privilege to be there with them to celebrate their love.
In their vows they chose the words: 'I want to live with you, just as you are. You are my beloved and my best friend. I choose you above all others as my partner, to share my life. I promise to stand with you in times of joy, turmoil and grief. I promise to be completely present with you. I promise to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond, to honor and tenderly care for you, to cherish and encourage you, through all the changes of our lives.'
Now whenever I hear the news in Durham and it refers to work, I think of them and send my hopes that they have many many happy years of loving together.