Congratulations to the lovely couples I performed ceremonies for in June!
June 3: David & Annie Clingerman (At the gazebo in Wes Point Park in the heart of downtown Willoughby)
June 4: Robert & Jaculyn Green (On the balcony overlooking the Cuyahoga River at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls)
June 17: Jon & Cathy Stupar (The ceremony began on southwest side of the iconic Everett Road Covered Bridge in Peninsula and ending on the northeast side. The idea for this symbolic gesture came from a quote by David Russell: “The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”)
June 18: Jesse & Kristen Sorgi (At the gazebo overlooking Coe Lake in Berea)
June 19: Ashley & Tracy Snyder (A lighthearted and classy affair at Independence Civic Center)
June 25: Michael & Evangeline Keller (In the courtyard of the Hanna Mansion, part of the Western Reserve Historical Society)
Mike & Evangeline’s ceremony was my first in the Hanna Mansion courtyard. At rehearsal, we noticed a carving in the granite archway beneath which we were standing. It read “Lux et umbra vicissim sed semper amor.” While I don’t know Latin, I do know what amor is. I looked up the translation and incorporated it into the ceremony thusly:
Above our heads there’s a phrase carved into the stone in Latin. I won’t try to say it – for fear that one of you actually knows Latin and will marvel at how badly I butcher it – but I will tell you what it translates to. “Light and shadow in turn, but always love.” What does it mean? Your world, with each other in it, will be full of light. Your love will be as natural and as reflexive as breathing. But when life presents challenges, and it will, you’ll peer into the gathering darkness and feel like giving up. And when those times come – when love falters – come back here. Dwell in this place, in this very moment in time. When it becomes difficult to love each other passively, love each other actively. In short – always love each other.
Congratulations again and my thanks to you all!