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after spending over an hour getting everything set up for the wedding -- tables arranged indoors, chairs all arranged outdoors, everything set for where people will be standing, where people will walk, how everything will work out ...

and then suddenly there's thunder and lightning and with a few yells suddenly everyone is in motion and moving and working and it couldn't have taken more than 3 minutes before 90 percent of the people and chairs were moved indoors and the tables moved to the sides and it couldn't have been more than 15 minutes before we were all set for the wedding with new seating arrangements safely indoors and a new plan and everyone (with the exception of some *very* helpful volunteers) safe and dry. and then it was a wedding!

and my god, the happy couple looked *so* in love.
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(this was originally a custom-security "everyone but [livejournal.com profile] quietann" friends-only post, but since the wedding is done and the happy couple is married, i'm making it a public entry.)

THIS is a wonderful celebration and a wonderful event in honor of the committment and the joining together in marriage of Ben and Ann who are, in fact, a wonderful couple.

They are a couple who have created a very special life together.

I spent some time trying to find a good quote to include in my toast. Something that seems appropriate to the people Ann and Ben are, and to the community of family and friends that they are a part of. It was a bit challenging - like trying to find a card from Hallmark for "best wishes on your 27 new rats!", or "congratulations on your new satellite"

Which is why at this point I would like to provide a quote from the well known physicist Richard Feynman.

On the occasion of his marriage.

"Dearest riches have never made people great but love does it every day."

May your love always make you great.

May you wake up every day loving each other more than you did the day before.

Whenever someone I know is stressed about wedding arrangements I tell them this: At the end of the day, you'll be married. And anything else that happens that day is just part of the stories you'll tell in twenty years.

May all the stories the two of you tell about this day end "and we lived happily ever after"

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