February 19, 2010
Around this time last year, I had the opportunity to write copy for the website of one of Charleston’s best wedding designers, Kristin Newman. To be in Kristin’s presence is to begin to know a woman with an exquisite eye for design, who has the skills to understand a bride’s vision and the keen ability to breathe life and energy into it until it exceeds one’s imagined idea. That is just part of what makes her exceptional.
All of this wedding business has me thinking. What does it all mean?
The dress. The design. In-laws. Church. Synagogue. Indoor. Outdoor. Elk’s Lodge or historic villa. So much brouhaha over one day when perhaps, the celebration should come somewhere in the middle.
I just finished reading The Maytrees, a lyrical and beautiful novel by Annie Dillard. It’s the story of a marriage, among other things. This passage especially moved me and seems to somehow convey why we go to such lengths for love.
“Falling in love, like having a baby, rubs against the main current of our lives; separation, loss, and death. That is the joy of them.”