Summer of 2009. A tender time when family and friends gathered to celebrate the union of Joseph and Zoe. One hundred plus guests traveled to the small town of Paonia, on the sleepy side of Colorado, where our party overflowed from our comfortable inn into accommodations in town.
Guests started drifting in on Friday afternoon. That evening we congregated in town at a lovely restaurant where we took to the street to toast each other in greeting. After a festive dinner, we adjourned to a local dance hall where we projected a surprise slideshow of family photos.
Saturday morning brought individual activities; some went exploring, biking, hiking. Even more – others attended a Blessingway at a yoga studio in town. The wedding took place at 4 pm that afternoon as the sky turned a stormy gray and clouds gathered overhead.
Building a ceremonial space
For the rite, Nicholas constructed a ceremonial structure known as a bagua to constellate the energy. From its crossbars, we hung windchimes, prayer flags, and beaded dangling adornments that our guests strung together as they got to know one another. The breeze stepped up just as the ceremony began, the curtains rippling and the wind chimes singing out an agreement that sealed the deal!
Looking back, the experience was perfect! We had planned this weekend from afar, and it was a real family affair! Jesse took magnificent photos. I designed the invitations. Wildflowers from a local farm adorned the tables.
A Sunday morning brunch was our closing – hence, it was sad and sweet. My only regret was that it was over too soon and I felt hollowed out, bereft, as guests and family departed. How did I not see that coming?
Now we are one
Jesse and I created a book to commemorate the wedding. I created it in InDesign and published it via Blurb. Each year on their anniversary, Zoe and Joe sit together to reminisce as they turn the pages. The title is “We Are Now One” – borrowed from the poem by Rumi.
“We stood together hand in hand in primordial time. Now, at last, we are one.”