Welcome Family and Friends!
We are gathered here today with Brandon & Evelyn to celebrate one of the deepest gifts this existence has to offer.
Love is just a word. It is very difficult for a single syllable to embody the depth of what it Love is to us. And the word means different things to different people. In this global crowd, itâ€™s meaning is even more confusing. “Para el amor no existe idiomas ni distancias” (Lo siento para mi mal Espanol)
But our inability to express it does not affect itâ€™s power.
Today we see love transcending language. Transcending geography. Transcending all the surface-level inconveniences and obstacles that we too often mistake for Life.
Life is when we see past all the small stuff and let ourselves be vessels of love.
And when we meet someone who can see the depth of love inside us, who recognizes our unique precious perfection, and allows us to blossom in love with them, it is truly a Magical Thing.
It is Magical far beyond the joy it brings to the lucky couple, themselves. It is a gift to all of us who can bask in the warmth of their union.
A day like today is special in that it allows us to all recognize this gift. All who are here have played a role in their lives. And all who are here are blessed by the love they share.
And we are so deeply blessed.
Does everyone know how the happy couple met? Once upon the time there was a fair maiden, far from home, lost in a city called San Francisco.
Through the fog of the Bart Station, a dark handsome prince approached.
Mâ€™lady, you look lost. Where are you headed?
Where she was going is irrelevant. What is important is that the knight said,
â€œI know the wayâ€¦.Why donâ€™t we go there, togetherâ€¦.â€
And so began their adventures together that continue to this day. Through different cities and different countries. Overcoming fire breathing dragons and ogre-ish immigration officials. Finding their way together – sharing the amazing and the mundane.
Just remember that no matter how thick the fog or how lost you may be in Lifeâ€™s Mass Transit, know that the destinations are meaningless.
Wherever your adventures take you, You will live happily ever after â€¦together.
Marriage is at once a new beginning as well as a timeless ritual. These two individuals make this day totally unique and special, but the ceremony is rooted in the powerful traditions and commitments of millions of sacred bonds across many faiths.
My grandpa read the same passage from this tattered book at over 1000 weddings. When he gave this to me he said that there are couples still together today that were married with this book, over 50 years ago. Iâ€™d like to share the same passage with you.
â€œLove is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.â€