Marriage is what brings us together today. The wedding can seem like a dream within a dream, the events which have been carefully planed and specifically laid out have come together. It can seem almost surreal in its playing out. The faces of the Bride and groom and their parents filled with disbelief, and uncertainty. As they Vow before Each other, friends, family and god that they will only have eyes for each other. Some would say that there is nothing more romantic then two people pledging themselves to each other.
Matt and Kim Hooper’s wedding was no different. Kim walked in with her father and step-father walking with her to give her away. She was beautiful, just as a bride should. She bares the mark of the princess that God made her to be, and she looks good in a tiara. Matt stood at the front of the Church his expression reveling very little but the concentrated look as he tried to remember everything that he was supposed to say and how it he was supposed to say it.
The question on the minds of parents’, family, and even friends is a resounding when did this happen? When did they mature into the man and women who stand before god and man to proclaim their undying love for each other?
And there they stood, looking deeply into each other’s eyes so deeply that the rest of the room disappears. Together they stand, hands joined, one. One in purpose, one in love, one in deed, and one in the eyes of God.
As they say their vows, Matt’s voice is quiet, reviling his nervousness, and perhaps the dream likeness of that day, as if one word could destroy the magic that is today. Kim’s voice is determined, sincere, and beautiful.
The pastor explains the severity of the decision they are making today. Marriage is after all an act of daring; it requires courage in this world of no commitment. It will be hard, and there may be times in their future that it will take all their courage to stay the course. But their first act together as a married couple is to partake in communion, remembering that because they are Not alone in this marriage. They expressed their faith will be central to they marriage. I
It is all sealed with a kiss, perhaps the simplest expression of love and desire, yet also perhaps the most powerful. With that kiss, the ceremony is over, the dream is broken. The sleeper wakes to find that it was all real and they are introduced to the crowed for the first time, as Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Hooper.
Matt and Kim as you start you life together know that your friends and family are behind you and wish you the best.