Mar 20, 2011
We have finally committed to holding our ceremony and reception at the Creative Living Fellowship and will hold the wedding in their lovely meditation garden, and the reception in their reception hall.
The Meditation Garden
The Reception Hall:
If the weather is inclement, they have a gorgeous Sanctuary that can be used as well.
Antonio and I are so please to this great venue and a great new community as well!
Here are pictures of the location for our wedding and reception in Papago Park:
These are two readings that I found from mrs.carlo1934 and they are so beautiful, I would like to incorporate them into our ceremony as well:
"The Art of a Good Marriage II", by Wilfred Arlan Peterson
Across the years I'll walk with you, in deep green forest, on shores of sand,
and when our time on earth is through, in heaven too, you will have my hand.
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In marriage, the little things are the big things:
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is at no time taking the other for granted.
The courtship should not end with the honeymoon, but should continue through all the years.
It is doing things for each other,
not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right partner,
it is being the right partner.
From Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - by Louis Bernieres:
Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
My DH and I have been going back and forth about where to hold our event. For a short while, I thought it would be nice to hold it in our backyard. But when I considered the logistics involved, I realized our house, while perfect for us, may not make the best venue!
So after doing some research (and keeping our VERY tight budget in mind), I came across a great idea. Why not old it at one of the many parks we have here in Phoenix? Most are free to reserve and use or have a very nominal fee.
I found the perfect spot in Papago Park, and the price for the area to reserve is only $60! Definitely within our budget.
Antonio and I will be going to check the area out this weekend. Keep you posted!
I think I have found my dress! No...I KNOW I have found my dress....presenting...Ms. Vintage Pretty!
And here is the back...
I am ordering her from Unique Vintage next weekend!
I am 41-year-old Chicago native currently residing in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ. I have been happily married 9 years on March 20, 2010 to my wonderful partner in life and love, Antonio. We are blissfully child-free, but are proud furparents to 3 rescued dogs -- A 7-year-old male Chihuahua names Socrates, an 8-year-old male Tibetan Spaniel mix named Pax Lucky and a 5-year-old male Chinese Crested named Halo. We also have a rescued 1-year-old female American Shorthair cat named Egypt.
I am a team lead (supervisor) of technical support analysts in the higher education field and my husband is a technical support analyst in the higher education field. We used to work for the same company, but I was laid off in November 2009, and now work for a competing organization.
We are planning a city park vow renewal ceremony and reception to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I plan to do a lot of DIY, as this will be a very small and intimate affair.
We recently moved into our first home, and we are having a blast fixing it up right now. Life is pretty sweet!