Yep, we've made it official.
We had a very simple ceremony at the state Capitol on Friday, followed by dinner at a tapas restaurant for immediate family. On Saturday, we had a dessert reception with family and friends. The weekend went exactly as I had hoped: very casual and relaxed.
I had a "big white" wedding the first time around and, well, clearly a big wedding does not guarantee a long marriage. This celebration was just right. The moments when Keith and I exchanged vows stand out as the most important part of the weekend. When he said his vows to me, I knew that he meant every word. As did I when I repeated them back.
Celebrating with family and friends and very little fuss was just right for Keith and me.
The feeling of celebration was enhanced by news we had had received in the weeks before the wedding: Both my children have been accepted into graduate programs. Seth will be attending veterinary school here in Madison; Rachel is deciding between two criminology programs in Florida.
For all of us, life has its bleak passages. It's important to savor the good times.