2 years ago today I married my best friend. It’s unbelievable how quickly two years has gone. It feels like yesterday that I was planning our wedding day and arrived at Interlachen to become Mrs. Warner! Waking up this morning I can honestly say that I love Ted more today than I did the day that we got married and for that I am so grateful. Ted has a way of making me feel like I am the most beautiful girl on the planet. Our ability to communicate, to understand each other, to appreciate one another, to love and fulfill the needs of one another on every level makes me feel so blessed and I feel like I really did something right in my life to deserve a man like him. Did I mention that I think my husband is totally hot too? He is!
I asked our officiant to send me a copy of the final draft of our wedding ceremony after we got back from our honeymoon. Once and a while I open up the document and read through it because I love the wonderful memories and feelings these words evoke in me. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the ceremony;
Today is happy and full of celebration. Your marriage will include all different kinds of days – some that are light and some that are dark, some that are exciting and some that are discouraging. Every marriage encounters the full range of human experience. When times are more challenging, always turn towards each other. Work together, grounded in your love for each other and your faith in God, as you find your way through the darker days. Protect your connection to each other with all your heart, and never stop learning the spiritual arts of forgiveness, patience, and compassion.
I, Ted, take you, Lauren, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not know yet, in all the ways that life may find us.
I, Lauren, take you, Ted, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not know yet, in all the ways that life may find us.
“These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes – tears of sorrow and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”
Mr & Mrs Warner…..
I think this is such a funny photo and a great example of how fun the entire night was. Not only are Ted and I having the time of our lives, but check out Haig off to the left and the rest of the guests having a blast. What an amazing night it was!
Happy 2nd Anniversary Honey! Thank you for making me feel like the happiest, luckiest and most fulfilled woman in the world. I love you so much.