This weekend I had the pleasure of attending my brother's wedding to his long-time lover and friend. They had known each other for a very long time (she said she wanted to marry him when she was 12 years old!), and had been living together for a number of years. The excitement I felt at Christmas time when I heard they were engaged was over-the-top. I think that the decision to marry someone is one of the most powerful ways to show your committment to the one you love.
My husband and I have been married (officially, on paper!) for 20 years this May. As I reflect on my own marriage and committment and the step that my brother and now "official" sister-in-law have taken, I realize that for some, a loving union isn't really "complete" until those official vows are taken and witnessed in front of family and friends that care about us. For those who do decide to "get married", there is always a time between finding each other, falling in love, and setting the date. For some, that time period may be 1 or 2 months, for others it could be 15 years. The reasons and timing for marriage vary and in the end it doesn't really matter. What does matter is that the two people getting married want to share their lives together.
This weekend we witnessed two people committing themselves to each other in the wonderful union of marriage. We celebrated, danced, laughed and had a wonderful time connecting with family and friends. It was a great time and I was happy to be part of this special occasion. As the designated photographer, I had a front-row seat to all the excitement and joy and I am very thankful for that. It was a great time.
"Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry."
Have a wonderful day!