Kate and Adam were married on the patio overlooking the Hudson River on a perfect, warm autumn day. The bridesmaids wore bright blue gowns and carried wildflower bouquets that brought out a hint of orange. (Kate had told me their colors were blue and orange, “Not like the Mets!” and it was gorgeous.)
Kate looked amazing, wearing a birdcage veil over a flower brooch in her hair, and a shawl draped over her shoulders. Adam smiled at her all the way down the aisle, and didn’t take his eyes off her for a moment.
Each chose a reading to encapsulate the feelings. Kate chose, “Why Marriage” by Mari Nicols. Here’s my favorite line:
Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold…
Adam chose the Commitment Reading of the Pueblo Indians:
Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide rivers of our minds. We were each other’s distant shore, the opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell. We did not know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive the cry of one riverbank to the other. We were apart, yet connected in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common tree. Remember?
I knew you existed long before you understood my desire to join my freedom to yours. Our paths collided long enough for our indecision to be swallowed up by the greater need of love. When you came to me, the sun surged towards the earth and moon escaped from darkness to bless the union of two spirits, so alike that the creator had designed them for life’s endless circle. Beloved partner, keeper of my heart’s odd secrets, clothed in summer blossoms so the icy hand of winter never touches us. I thank your patience. Our joining is like a tree to earth, a cloud to sky and even more. We are the reason the world can laugh on its battlefields and rise from the ashes of its selfishness to hear me say, in this time, this place, this way – I loved you best of all.
And their vows included the moving statement of choosing their marriage: “Of all the people on this earth, I choose YOU.
Star Wars Tribute!
I’m all in favor of expressing your hobbies, interests and personalities at the wedding. Kate and Adam really did that, from start to finish. Of course, for this couple, that meant they would HAVE to include Star Wars.
The newlyweds were introduced to The Throne Room entrance from Star Wars: A New Hope. Each table was named after a planet from the Star Wars Universe: Endor, Tatooine, the Deathstar. And they had the cutest wooden cake topper of Princess Leia and Hon Solo.
Can I say…outstanding!?!! Since Adam is a musician, we had a talented group of guests, some of whom gave special performances. It reminded me how much I love live music, listening to those singer-songwriters on acoustic guitar, singing their hearts out.
Of course, Adam stole the show with a song he wrote for Kate, “Time Machine.” Paraphrasing the lyrics, “We’ve got three kids, some pets…Would you do it all over again? I’ve got this groovy time machine…”
I loved the spontaneous dance off to the Avett Brother’s “Kick Drum Heart,” and break dancing to “Dynamite.” It was all about having a great time without holding back, and I had a blast watching it!
Kate and Adam, thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your day!
Photos by Majestic Studios