There's a line in the movie Lawrence of Arabia that has always stuck with me. Asked what it is that attracts him to the desert, T. E. Lawrence replies simply, "It's clean." Having spent a fair amount of time out in California's Mojave Desert, myself, I have to agree. There's a certain purity about the desert, a stillness, a simplicity, and an honesty. And so although it might not be obvious to someone who's never been there, the desert is in many ways a perfect place for a wedding, for just as the desert is a place without pretense, so too is the love you see when two people come together to join their lives in marriage.
Emily had been coming to the desert for years with her family. For Trevor, on the other hand, it was a new experience. But the desert is a magical place, a place of surprising life and beauty, and now, being the place where they began their journey into marriage, it will be a special place for them both, entwined with happy memories. What struck me as I watched their wedding was what a perfect metaphor for love and marriage the desert is: honest, resilient, humble, and pure. And in what was--for me, at least--the most memorable moment of the ceremony, Emily's grandfather touched on the same idea. Love in a marriage, he reminded us, is like water in the desert--it's what makes life possible.
Surrounded by loving, supportive family and friends, who wouldn't be this happy?
There's no art form that so directly touches the emotions as music, and in a lot of ways, song is the most personal form of music. So it's no surprise that I got a little choked up when Emily's family members got up and sang for her and Trevor during the ceremony. (It helped, of course, that they sang beautifully.)
Weddings are such a wonderful blend of new ideas and old traditions, and I always love seeing how a couple blends the two together. Here, Trevor included a bit of his Irish heritage by giving Emily a single coin as a token of everything he possesses:
Love is such an amazing thing, and getting to witness it so close up can't help but bring a smile to my lips.
One thing I loved about this wedding was how much a family affair it was. So many people pitched in and helped make the day what it was, and seeing that outpouring of love and support for the newlyweds was just wonderful. Just one example was Emily's aunt, who did all of the centerpieces, bringing a touch of desert beauty to the reception:
Can I just say, I loved the band Emily and Trevor picked. They had this great, rootsy, alt-country/Americana vibe that went perfectly with the desert locale:
To me, the most important thing that sets the tone of a wedding, what separates a dull wedding from a fun one, is whether the bride and groom are having a good time. And, as you can see, this wedding was a joy for everyone, especially the happy couple:
Congratulations, Emily and Trevor, and thanks so much for letting me be a part of your day!