The couple gathered with friends, relatives and extended family—people from all the important times in their lives to date--and declared their commitment to each other. Against a beautiful backdrop of azure blue water and white sand, they stood barefoot and promised, "For all time."
I also had an opportunity to study the faces in attendance. Some married for 25 years. Some divorced and brought uneasily back together for the occasion. (You did it with grace, by the way!) Some with new families. And, because the bride and groom are young, there were several unmarried couples.
But somehow, in all the conversation, I neglected to give the newlyweds a blessing. So here, Ian and Marissa (with one "R") are my heartfelt wishes for you both.
Think of your marriage as your Tree of Life.
It is anchored, deeply rooted to the community of friends who witnessed the joining of your lives.
May you both branch out to form new friends, and intertwine them into your relationship as a couple, weaving new alliances.
May those friends cause new interests to bud, and your respective talents to grow.
I invoke the Goddess of Life, by these roots, branches, and buds, and I ask her to continually seed your love to create love anew.