Last winter, our family headed to Whistler, B.C. for a ski vacation, but more importantly, to celebrate the marriage of our son & daughter-in-law. What a fabulous week we had!
We skied for a few days & indulged ourselves in much frivolity! Midweek we celebrated the marriage of these two beautiful people. Today marks their 1st anniversary, so in honour of that, I thought it appropriate to reminisce just a bit.
It was a small, intimate affair, held at the rock circle, overlooking a frozen lake with the mountains majestically looming in the distance. As we were preparing for the ceremony, a fog rolled in over the lake as if to further bring quiet to an already beautiful, tranquil place.
What began as friendship a number of years ago, evolved in to a deep abiding love. As I stood there listening to the promises made to one another, my heart filled with such love and pride for this beautiful couple. This day had been a long time coming.
7 1/2 years of post secondary education, 3 1/2 of those spent over 4000km apart. Despite all of the challenges this distance presented in their relationship, they believed that theirs was a love worth waiting for.
As I listened to my son pledge his love to his beautiful bride, there was no doubt in my mind that he had chosen to spend his life with the one other person on this earth that makes him whole.
From this day forward I promise you these things.
I will laugh with you in times of joy and comfort you in times of sorrow.
I will support you and share in your dreams.
I will listen to you with compassion and understanding and speak to you with encouragement.
I will help you when you need it and step aside when you don’t.
I will remain faithful to you for better or worse, in times of sickness and health.
You are my best friend and I will love and respect you always.
As I read these words once again, I am reminded of the love that shines so brightly from both of you. This past year has seemingly been, yet another test for both of you, with its share of joy & challenges. With that being said, your love & commitment continues to grow stronger & more solid than ever.
As you enter into your 2nd year of marriage, I wish you love & joy, today & always. I love you both so very much! Happy Anniversary!
A few more pics of the day as well as some of the frivolity!