One the eve of our wedding, our wedding party gathered on the grass on the front lawn of the cottage to rehearse the ceremony, which in a few hours would be our wedding. It has been raining, lightly on and off throughout the afternoon and as our friends and family arrived, a rainbow glowed against the backdrop of the trees against the sky. I couldn't imagine a more significant symbol to see. There's always a rainbow after the rain. For me, Dan was my rainbow. Cheesy? Perhaps. But nothing is truer.
When we were considering who would perform the ceremony, we struggled. My minister, I grew up with was already booked that day, and I really couldn't imagine a stranger performing the ceremony. I tried to think of any other option, and none came to mind. Then, months and months before our wedding, I was having a conversation with my dear friend Maor about love. About faith and life. Talking to him and hearing his words always calms me. Always soothes my soul. It was at that moment that I knew, I wanted him to perform our wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, Canada is not like the States and not just anyone can perform a marriage ceremony. So we had our "legal" papers done separately, but Maor WAS our officiant. He wrote our wedding ceremony. His words were the bones of the service.
I remember when I heard his opening words for the first time. I cried as I heard them. They were perfect. They were personal and spiritual. They were everything. Honestly, I cannot express how truly beautiful it was. We received so many comments after the ceremony about his professionalism and incredible speech. I CANNOT imagine our day without him, and I'll never be able to repay the incredible gift he bestowed on us.
Maria, our wedding planner, ran the rehearsal like a drill serjeant. She is all business, and I loved it. I am a very diligent, on time, precise person and for me, she was perfect.
Everyone learned their marks and within a few short minutes, we had it down packed. Everyone was giddy with excitement and for an extra treat, Sarah and Joel performed for this little group a preview of the song they would sing during the ceremony.
Sarah cried as she sang, it was such an emotional moment for all of us. It cherished hearing her sing the song for the first time in person. It was beyond magnificent. It was perfection. It was everything. I knew on the day I wouldn't be able to soak it all in as I could at that moment. I looked around as everyone brushed tears from their eyes and smiled at my friend as she sang against the melody of the wind as it blew through the trees.
After the rehearsal was over, we piled into the cars and headed off to O & B for our rehearsal dinner. Everyone was so happy, having such a great time. It made me so happy.
To be honest, most of this evening was a blur for me. I was so exhausted after such a long day. I could barely eat; I was so nervous. Dan made a heartfelt speech to each of his groomsmen; I spoke briefly about my bridesmaids (although we had had our little thank you the night before) and finally, acknowledged both our fantastic set of parents, without whom this would never have happened.
They were both the anchors of this ship. They both taught us what marriage and love looked like, and we could not be more grateful for their teachings. Looking into their eyes, seeing how they get along, I saw a new family form. New alliances, new strength and new love. I could cry just writing this. Take in all those moment people, remember them well. They will be your precious well when your soul needs water. A wedding is not just about two people; it's about the people who made you. Without them, you wouldn't be who you were. For the good, for the bad, for everything in between.
Thank you, Mom, Dad, Ken, Shelley & GG. You are the echoes in our hearts.