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Married! - Livin' the Good Life

May. 18th, 2012

09:03 am - Married!

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On Wednesday May 16th, Nathen and Reanna made their lifetime commitment. It was a moving experience for us all, and I don't believe there was a dry eye in the audience. Nathen and Reanna were both smiling and crying throughout the ceremony, which was expected in Nathen's case, as he usually does not surpress his tears.... never has. It was held in a beautiful isolated spot up in Pioneertown, CA with breathtaking views, giant boulders, with an out-of-this-world, castle-like house for the backdrop. The ceremony took place outside in a little clearing between two cottonwood trees with the audience either standing or sitting on blankets. The vows were simple and touching... like no others I've heard.... which didn't surprise me. Nathen and Reanna are unquestionably "unconventional". The officiate was their long-time friend and mentor from Not-Back-To-School-Camp, Grace Llewelyn. She set a tone for the wedding that was reverent and intentional and inclusive of the audience. We were definitely a part of the union, as she asked us to participate and support them, both during the ceremony and for the rest of their lives as a married couple. We were all more than willing to do that, so enthusiastic was this crowd of people who love them both so much. We seemed to unanimously agree that they are an excellent match, and that feeling was almost palpably swelling in the air around us as the marriage took place. At one point, Grace allowed a period of spontaneous speaking from the audience, with silent moments in between, that was very powerful. I loved how the mother AND father walked the bride AND groom down the path to the site while members of our band played a beautiful tune in the background. By the time they got to the vows, "Wherever you go, I will go. Where you stay, I stay", we were all weeping. And they had the bride's and groom's siblings (a total of 7 brothers!) stand up with their moms and dads to pass the rings, one by one, to Nathen and Reanna. They wanted us all to touch them before they gave them to each other.
I will be posting pictures and more musings over the next couple of days, and you will love seeing this beautiful couple, so stay tuned!