Picture a two pieces of driftwood, first in an ocean, then finding land. Together. Picture two strangers growing into friends… then best friends… then into the love of each other’s life. Surround those two with freshly-met, new family (for, indeed, EVERYone that shared this is now family) that swells the celebration with a riotous gout of joy, happiness, love, and depth of feeling.
Thus did we, Ken and Angie – the groom’s parents – find ourselves. An idyllic estate outside of Parker, CO, hosted both family and friends for the three-day weekend. Little did we know that, although we knew it would be cool, this would be a time filled with such profound emotion, abiding confidence, and an honored pride in knowing and sharing with all these people.
A lovely invitation that gives little indication of the glory and perfection to come.
Part of The Estate where Ethan and Amanda married each other.
Amanda and Ethan sharing their hopes for the weekend.
Angie and Ken (that’s us) – so proud and moved to be part of Ethan and Amanda’s joy.
Profound and total joy and commitment on their faces. Many of us weep.
Angie, Mark, June, and Ken – the pure privilege and happiness of new family.
Jacob, Cassidy, Ethan recreating a childhood picture pose. Our hearts flood.
The benediction of a sunset on the day.
I’ve never seen a happier mother or a happier groom. Dancing in the evening.
The women of the wedding all showing their team spirit. Three generations filled the party and gave us reason to stop worrying about anything; we’ll be fine. The posing of this picture, in real-time, was hilarious and joyful.
Ethan’s long-time group of friends traveled from all over the country to come and welcome Amanda into the club. What started as a rowdy group of boys playing “Risk” and chess in each other’s basements has grown into the next generation of brilliant people who will look after stuff so we don’t have to.
At the meeting in which Amanda and Ethan shared their hopes for the weekend, we all took a turn naming ourselves and sharing a favorite wedding memory. What, at first, seemed like a logistical job assignment meeting turned into a heartfelt time of generational sharing and blessing and recognition of the unique measure of the weekend. We knew we were gaining a daughter – we didn’t realize how rich the experience would be.
Remember how ‘mithril’ was a gift beyond price? Remember the packed days of summer that Calvin and Hobbes lived through? Remember your excitement at seeing seeds sprout into a perfect garden? Think of the majesty of the sequoias, the untiring determination of a ruby-throated hummingbird, the thundering roar of Niagara Falls, the whisper of a breeze through the your favorite forest. Remind yourself of the smile of grandparents, who love us always and no matter what. Remember the pride of parents when they see a kid find their path. Feel your face crackle with beauty at the rising of the sun, or the perfection of a song, or the rightness of a well-written poem.
All of that.
Ethan and Amanda gave ALL of that to us this weekend.