On Saturday, March 29th, Marie and I surprised a group of friends who thought they were coming to a fond-farewell party for us. Mid-way through the party we announced we were getting married and they would all be our witnesses.
Our good friends Kieth and Judy came from Chicago. Kieth is an ordained minister and performed the service for us.
May this silver circle, the emblem of an untarnished eternity, be the sign and seal of a pure and imperishable faith you have now pledged to each other.
Keith also gave the toast – an Irish blessing:
May you be poor in misfortune, slow to make enemies, quick to make friends.
But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
I promise to love you, commit to you and respect the sanctity of the bond we are forging tonight.
I will commit to a life that respects our relationship; a life in which we challenge each other; a life in which we are partners through all of life's ups and downs.
You are the great love of my life and I will spend the rest of my life with you, nurturing our relationship during the many years ahead.