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Hey, woah.

Are we there yet? And by there, I mean here? The winter was deep, and dark, and bitter cold, and windy, and everything horrid. Now it’s May, and cold, and raining, but “at least it’s not snow.” I’m itching for warm weather, sunshine, and the right time to go plant-crazy. I’m looking at you, middle-of-May.

I feel like I’m spurred on by purpose now. Jim is all set to go to England this summer for a wedding. I am totally jelly. Last week was a whirlwind of versing myself in passports, international airlines, and London’s neighborhoods, and I really only have two months to master outlet adapters, international cellphones, the Underground, packing, wedding gifts that can survive in a carry-on, and what to wear to a summer afternoon wedding in London. The last has me turned on my head, because I have a hard enough time dressing for evening weddings here in the States. I mean, for guys it’s pretty simple, a dark suit goes a long way and I’ve hauled out the suit Jim wore for our wedding a handful of times over the last 6 years, changing it up with different ties and accessories to fit in at each new event. But I feel like something so off our usual radar deserves Something Special That Can’t Be Botched Over 3,275 Miles. Time to start scouring the internets.

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Wedding picture hilarity

Jim was sorting through a pile of paper items from the move and uncovered two wedding pictures we haven’t gotten frames for yet. He immediately flew in to a panic: “Oh no! Something got all over our pictures! They’re ruined!” He handed me the pictures and I couldn’t see anything amiss. “There’s a blue mark. See? Right there.”

























It turns out, what he was seeing was the blue ribbon on my wedding bouquet (in the bottom of picture 1 above and by my dress in picture 2). It is a pretty vivid blue, especially against the off-white dress, so it does seem superimposed, and when I told him what it was he literally collapsed with relief. Now whenever someone says “blue ribbon” he immediately gets a headache. I’m sorry but it’s just so funny.

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Wedding symbolism

All weddings have symbolism. In fact, they’re absolutely drenched in it. But I’m sure none of you ever thought that I would get on the same symbolism train as every other bride, right? So for the interested, a run-down of the various symbolism you’ll find in our wedding come October…

Golden sandals
Peacock feathers
Magnolias
Peonies
Blueberries
Thistle

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Out of the stars

Out of the stars in their flight, out of the dust of eternity,
here have we come,
Stardust and sunlight,
mingling through time and through space.

 

Out of the stars have we come,
up from time.
Out of the stars have we come.

 

Time out of time before time
in the vastness of space,
earth spun to orbit the sun,
Earth with the thunder of mountains newborn,
the boiling of seas.

 

Earth warmed by sun, lit by sunlight;
This is our home;
Out of the stars have we come.

 

Mystery hidden in mystery,
back through all time;
Mystery rising from rocks
in the storm and the sea.

 

Out of the stars, rising from rocks
and the sea,
kindled by sunlight on earth,
arose life.

 

Ponder this thing in your heart,
life up from sea:
Eyes to behold, throats to sing,
mates to love.

 

Life from the sea, warmed by sun,
washed by rain,
life from within, giving birth,
rose to love.

 

This is the wonder of time;
this is the marvel of space;
out of the stars swung the earth;
life upon earth rose to love.

 

This is the marvel of life,
rising to see and to know;
Out of your heart, cry wonder:
sing that we live.

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There will be a great big sign that says, “Danger, Cliff Approaching!”

That is what Meghan tells me, anyway.

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 The Dress. THE dress. It took an hour drive, two and a half hours with a bridal salon all to myself, and about 11 dresses, but ‘the dress’ has been located. It wasn’t the dress I, or anyone else, was really expecting. But it stood out from the others with all the clarity of a vividly remembered dream — like a lock with all the tumbers clicking in to place.

 It’s way more ornate than I thought I would go with. I worried that it was too ornate, too frou-frou, too overdone, too cliché. And yet, it was gorgeous. I was afraid that the dress was going to take this wedding places I didn’t want it to go. Meghan assured me that when I started getting in to Princess Diana territory, there would be a great big sign saying, “Danger, Cliff Approaching!” Yes, I asked her, but would that sign be hidden behind a tree?

 My mother is convinced that this dress requires tuxedos for the civilians and mess kit for the Father of the Bride. I fear that that is the sign Meghan told me I would see. Neither I nor Meghan nor Jenn nor Bonnie the Bridal Lady thinks that tuxedos are required here; a nice crisp black or charcoal grey suit would be just as complimentary and a little more modern.

 In the event that Jim sneaks on to the blog, I won’t describe the dress here. May it suffice to say, the train goes on forever and the color makes me glow, and the details are charming. My vision of the wedding style has shifted a little back toward my original fantasies, but I think that I can pull it off. Just have to convince Jim that my ideas are good ideas.

 No, just kidding. I don’t have to convince him of anything. He’s a really good sounding board and he has helped some of my fledgling ideas evolve in to real ideas. Too bad I can’t get him to do that for my artwork. 😀

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