The wind whipped the white cloth hung from the makeshift marquee, obscuring and then revealing the bride and groom who stood underneath it. Over the roar of the ocean we could just barely make out some of the words the minister was saying. But, in any case, the iconic scene did not require words for interpretation.
It matters not whether the wedding takes place in a church, on a beach or in a town hall. Anymore, it is possible to see all sorts of colors in the wedding dress. And the cliché wedding topper of the bride and groom has been replaced by all sorts of cake decorations (not to mention the possibility of two grooms or two brides). So what is it then that in an instant captures the essence of the moment so purely that anyone observing knows a union is taking place?
Somewhere in the forests of southern Oregon, known as OR-7, wanders far from the spot where he was born (in Eastern Oregon). Romantics like to think he is searching for a mate, something wolves are known to do. But it is a long trek for a wolf, west of the Cascades, where there has not been a confirmed sighting of a wolf since 1937. (Find more at OPB here.) Mating, by definition, is a social endeavor. Weddings were created to reflect this. It might be sacred vows repeated in front of 400 people, or hand-written vows said in front of those most loved by the couple. Either way, we know a wedding when we see two people, standing up in front of a group, sharing their love in a public way.
In four weeks my husband and I celebrate our 15 year anniversary. For our fifth we repeated our vows. For our tenth we re-visited the church where we were wed. And this time we plan to get away to Las Vegas for some couple time. We decided that since we would be there we would, tongue in cheek, renew our vows at a drive-thru wedding chapel.
While this started as a funny thing to do, there is something about celebrating our 15 years in the wedding capitol of the world that feels meaningful in a new way. If the wedding celebrates the promises at the beginning, then the renewal surely pays homage to the love and dedication it takes to make them last along the way. And what better message could there be to share with all of those just starting off on their journey?
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