May 12, 2007
You can get a peek at my enagagement ring here. I wore it on my right hand for the ceremony. It's an antique ring from the 30s from an estate jeweler here in Santa Monica called Nobel Gems.
Ryan's mom, a Unitarian minister, presided over our ceremony and she did a fantastic and touching job. She wore a purple and pink ikat shawl that we bought her in Bali, Indonesia.
Here are our vows, which we wrote with help from several books, and repeated back and forth to each other...
I will turn to you when I'm in need and care for you when you are.
I will take strength from who you are, recognize who you are not, and remind you who you want to be.
I will be your partner as we explore this beautiful world together and I will support you when you need to explore it on your own.
I will relax with you, laugh with you, dance with you, learn with you, and find peace with you and beside you.
I will try to remember, whether sunk in sorrow or distracted by the day-to-day, what I feel at this moment, my sense of good fortune, my sheer joy at being with you.
Knowing my family and friends surround me...
Knowing who I am and who I want to be...
With this strength and certainty, I say to you...
I have only one life...
And it is only so long...
And I choose to spend it with you.
My husband wore a suit from Banana Republic, Rainbow sandals (manufactured in my home town San Clemente), a tie and shirt from Men's Wearhouse and I created a fun boutonniere from a mini amaryllis bloom tied in a braid pattern with raffia. Part of the groomsmen gifts were Rainbow sandals and the ties.
Chinatown umbrellas were provided for shade. We also provided modern white folding chairs from IKEA for the older adults and our immediate family members.