I had the privilege of attending my cousin’s wedding this past weekend. It was a great weekend, fun celebration and beautiful service — I love both Ethan and Katie and think they are great together.
Both of them wanted a secular/civil wedding — no religion. They asked a close friend to officiate. To be honest with you, most secular/civil weddings I attend I find lack any sense of gravitas, sanctity or beauty. It is a challenge to bring language with depth to a secular event like a marriage. But this was one of the most beautiful, deep and significant wedding ceremonies — religious or otherwise — that I have seen. It was really quite beautiful.
The officiant, during his opening remarks, quoted this:
“Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations.” (link)