You don’t have to have a ceremony to have a marriage. When you think about it, the whole thing is kind of weird, right? You’re standing “up there” looking fancy, holding flowers and being stared at by pretty much everyone who has meant anything to you in the past twenty-something years! So why do it?

The marriage ceremony has been an important feature across nearly every culture, religion, generation, and society. We have thousands of important moments that happen throughout our lives, but this one is regarded as one so critical, we acknowledge its special status by sharing it with others. Why this moment?  Because despite all of our differences, love is what we all share. It’s the great unifier — our one universal truth. No matter who we are, where we’ve come from, what we believe, we know this one thing — love is what we’re doing right.  We have all loved in our lifetimes, and in this moment, we’re reminded that the ability to love is the very best part of our humanity.

All of us have our own love stories. Some are short, others long. Some are yet unwritten, while others are just getting to the good part. There are chapters in all of our stories that are sad or disappointing.

…And that brings us back to the ceremony.  It’s a time to pause, look back, and smile at all the moments that brought you there and a time to look ahead at all the moments that are still to come!

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