A funky-chic B&B in the redwoods. Fancy clothes, frozen cake. Sipping Champagne on the deck, watching the sun sink into the Pacific Ocean.
Remembering the words of advice friends shared at the wedding:
"Love does not consist of gazing at each other (one perfect sunrise gazing at another) but in looking outward together in the same direction." (Anne Morrow Lindbergh, A Gift from the Sea)
"... And stand together, yet not too near together,
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow."
(“On Marriage,” from The Prophet, Kahil Gibran)
This is the lesson I learn again and again: It won't look like you expected. It may not bear any semblance to your imagination. It may be better than you ever imagined. It takes audacity to shape a marriage into your own.
(The redwoods and frozen cake can wait...)