It’s been a year since we filled the the Atlas with red velvet & chocolate & buttercream clouds, candlelight and damask, and ribbon-strung typewriter letters;
a year since my every step left a literal trail of glitter in my wake.
& the encompassing glow of my handsome one and always, beaming nearly as bright.
It’s been a year since I sent gratitude skyward for sending us sunshine to dapple the leaves & kiss my shoulders.
a story 11 years and four days in the making.
It’s been a year since the first time we entwined our fingers as a Mr. and Mrs.,
my left-hand sparkler clicking against his thick tungsten band;
a year since Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters serenaded us through our first dance, my lips were stained blood-red from the red velvet cupcake we split in lieu of cutting cake, and I didn’t leave the dance floor for four hours straight.
At the end of our ceremony on that summer-crisp October afternoon,
our officiant celebrated us with this blessing:
May your home always be a place of happiness and serenity for all who enter it;
a place where the old and young are renewed in each other’s company,
a place for growing, a place for music and a place for laughter.
May those who are nearest and dearest to you be constantly enriched by the beauty and the bond of your love for one another.
May all that is virtuous, beautiful and trustworthy remain with you always.
And above all, may this beautiful moment shine eternally in your lives.
May it add glory to every achievement and cast a splendid light over any ill fortune that may appear.
& here we are, 365 splendidly lit days later, celebrating the promises we made a year ago today & all the adventures yet to come
you have begun it here, today,
in speaking your vows before your family and friends,
& you will do it again in the days and years to come
as you stand by each other,
sharing and enjoying all life has to offer.
(our wedding ceremony, october 10th, 2010)
(also, thank you, thank you, a million times thank you to Rick & Steph of Ardent Photography for capturing these beautiful moments for us; we love you guys SO huge!)