I did not like weddings much until I started planning my own (the first one, ten years ago). What I found, in Quebec, is that a legal wedding is even more emotionally charged than a “commitment ceremony”. I suppose I knew that already, but still was surprised when I spent the day alternately weeping and being astonished by the beauty of almost everything in the natural world. It was a day of affirmation, where we were driven in procession through the old town of Quebec, and everywhere we went people were smiling and waving at us. At us! I wish it would happen here at home, in the country where we are born citizens. I would wed Laurie again in any country, in any language, in any decade, for the rest of my life. Weddings aside, though, we are married, married, married.
Photo and text Copyright © October 18, 2007 Teresa Valle. May not be used without permission.