Today, as the sunlight scrapes the horizon, bringing a short day of brilliant blue sky and sparkling snow, I realize another year has flown by and left me with the brightest memories.
I’ve had lots of time in the last month to reflect on the past two years, which have been so wonderful in so many ways. It is a true honour and a privilege to do the work I do, and to have been able to be a part of so much joy and happiness does an old gal good.
I think back to the weddings — and what fun they were. All those flowers, blossoming through every month of the year. Those gorgeous dresses, billowing, flowing, sparkling: from the simple to the elegant to the fabulous I’m-only-going-to-do-this-once dresses! The mountains, in all their moods; the meadows, in the wind and the rain and sunshine; the music; the groomsmen in their suits and grins; and my favourite of all — the looks exchanged between couples as they met face to face at the end of the aisle. The tears of family, remembering loved ones no longer with us; the adorable flower girls and the reluctant ring bearers who never failed to make us smile; the hiccups and the recoveries, the magical splashes of light and the secret words you whispered to each other up at the altar; and all those other words. The words I was so happy to write for each of you, and speak to you and your family and friends. And the words that you wrote to each other, and spoke, through tears and laughter, from your hearts! The rituals we enacted to remember; the traditions we created for you to step into over the years.
Each one of the ceremonies I was part of was special to me in some way, and I remember what we created together with such pleasure. I think of you often – you’ll never know much I think of you, and silently wish you well. Wondering how you’re doing, how you are growing, what adventures you are up to now. A couple of you have new family members, babies born out of that love you share so deeply, and that thrills me no end.
I hope you are growing together, and walking your road with intention and purpose. I hope you’re leaning on each other when you need to, and I hope you’re finding ways around difficulty, or through it. I hope through the tweaks and adjustments and surprises of partnership, you are using your friends and family to share your burdens and your pleasures. Remember they pledged their love to you, too. I trust gratitude has found its pride of place in your home.
Every single ceremony I wrote in the past two years helped me think about love, and life, and I’ve had the opportunity to look at my own marriage through new eyes because of you. I know, without a doubt, I am a better partner for having read your intimate and honest reflections, and listened to you make your vows with such passion, determination, vulnerability and joy. You have inspired me, and have reminded me again and again, that love is the ultimate gift, the beginning and end of everything.
So as this year comes to a close, I wanted to say thank you, and wish you the best of this season. Thank you for gifting me with a presence at your wedding ceremony, and for this ongoing commitment to wishing you well, through all the seasons of your lives.
May happiness and pleasure be yours. May hope and prosperity be yours. May health and high trails be yours. All the best to you all as you move toward another year of loving.