How we met and how we married in Eureka Springs!
Some people really know who to invite to their parties to create couples that just fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. This couple had mutual friends who created such a perfect match just by inviting our Bride and Groom on a four wheel ride ATV adventure that became eleven years of togetherness and a marriage. Their first date was at the Outback which sounds kind of perfect for a couple who’s first meeting was a rough ride on an ATV through the woods. They were united in an elopement marriage ceremony performed at our beautiful Eureka gazebo overlooking a valley with two prayers that both spoke of love and marriage as a union that involves patience and thoughtfulness. That your love should bear all things and endure all things with charity and compassion. Perfect words for a perfect day for two people who fit together just as perfectly today as they did when they first met. And, as we all know, love never fails.
Two voices melded in song brought our next couple together. He went to Florida with his church choir where he saw a picture of our lovely lady on the wall depicting new people and just wanted to meet the pretty woman with the wonderfully inviting smile. They started talking and talking led to a violin concert after brunch and you could say that they were in tune with one another because he couldn’t get the pretty lady out of his mind when he went home. Where there is a will, there is a way, and they have been making beautiful music together ever since. Today they married in a lovely ceremony where they promised to give and to receive, to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond, and in all their life together to be loyal and cherish one another as long they both shall live. What more perfect promise can two people make than to be loving and caring to and for each other every day they are together. My wish for them is that they continue to make beautiful music together for a long, long. time.
They met on a dating web site but had grown up less than three miles from each other many years ago. He mowed her great grandparents lawn when he was just a boy. They shopped and ate at places where each other worked but like ships passing in the night they just never connected but just passed by without meeting eyes or speaking. So, our groom, looking for someone to talk to, tried a web site. It was here they chatted on line, then moved to chatting on the phone because he had found someone he could talk to and she was that someone. His words were, she’s my best friend, and when he said it you could see the truth of his words in his eyes and in his smile. They married with an elopement ceremony in our Eureka Springs Gazebo saying “I do.” Three little letters, two little words. I do means I do want your love and I do give you mine and nothing we do will ever be the same because you and I will be doing it all together. I know they will because I know they are, the very best of friends.
Our couple arrived with three children, two sets of parents, an aunt and uncle, and a brother for their small wedding ceremony in our Eureka Springs Gazebo with a reception to follow. She had her own loving hairdresser among the pretty ladies who attended so they all looked extra special, especially our lovely Bride. Her uncle walked her down the pathway to her waiting groom with a huge smile on his face that said he was honored to be asked. Two little boys and one adorable little girl posed for photographs by our tree that is really three trees grown together which is bit like a family with a mother, a father and children with loving roots in the ground and lives intertwined. They, too, met on Facebook and their first date was at a restaurant that is still their favorite place. Each member of the family old enough to offer words spoke of their hopes and encouragement as they toasted the couple at their reception. It was a special day for all concerned because their families loved their choice and welcomed their choice with smiles and good wishes and isn’t that what a wedding day should hold for our happy couple.
Our Bride and Groom wrote special personal vows to share with one another on their wedding day which spoke of love, respect, and honor for each other. I especially liked one of his promises,” to take care of all your needs and as many of your wants as we can afford.” It made me smile because we may want to give more than we can but it is the thought that counts. She promised to encourage and take care of him, build him up, wipe his tears and support him in all that lies ahead of them. Marriage is a union that needs to be tended like a garden, watered with love, weeding out resentments, nourished with tender words and loving gestures. When a couple realizes some days will be harder than others their words usually reflect that it isn’t any easy road but it is path worth traveling together. As the poem I read at their small ceremony states “I choose you in strength and weakness, I choose you in joy and sorrow. I will choose you, over all others, every day for all the days of my life.” I’m sure their garden of love will be well tended.
The gentleman was married to the armed services for twenty years so there was no time for the gentler things in life until he put that life behind him and went searching for love. Actually, love found him if we want to be accurate. The lady whose heart he had wanted to win when they were both in school together reached out to him on Facebook trying to reconnect after all those years. They started chatting and chatting led to more chatting and the two of them found their way to each other when the time was right for them. Our groom chose the words of the ceremony and the poem and prayer for their wedding which I felt was romantic because he knew what he wanted and needed to say to his Bride. “I do not take you for granted, I cherish you. I do not need you I choose you. I choose you today openly expressing my love. I choose you tomorrow in the privacy of our hearts. These are words worth waiting for and words with hearing on the first day of the rest of your lives that were spoken in our Eureka Springs Chapel.