I can't think of many people who didn't find themselves in a church over the weekend. June 16th seemed to be a popular day for all newlyweds. And as many of my close friends know, I finally made the final cut on the invitation list to a wedding. Yes, the "Mark" curse has finally been broken and I now expect to receive wedding invitations by the handful. I just hope the weddings in the future come close to matching the wedding from the weekend.
What started off as a car of 4 desperately attempting to find the church while weaving through horse and buggy's ended with a disappointing failed phone call to Papa John's. Everything in-between was done with a smile and a drink in hand. Love was in the air and nothing could change that... not even the Wicked Witch of the West as the bartender. This wedding truly gave me the desire to someday say the words, "I do".
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson did a pretty decent job teaching us how to enjoy ourselves at a wedding while Corinthians 13 has defined Love for quite some time. But for some odd reason, I feel like that was all redefined over the weekend as everyone in attendance had the opportunity to witness everything a married couple should be. It gave us a modern explanation of love.
Not the misconception of "love" that we see in movies or on TV. The love you create a family around. Not the baby talk and mushy gushy love we thought we had growing up. The love that can't be explained through words and kisses.
Weddings serve as the reminder of what love is by celebrating a new bond between two individuals. Weddings are the only place where it is acceptable for your best friends to dance with your oldest family members. It is a reminder that youth is internal and optional. That "growing up" is something the Rugrats did and failed at miserably. They bring together the widest array of strangers while reuniting old friends. It is the only place where a dollar is well spent because for a few seconds you get to dance with the bride. Weddings are the licking of the envelope for the letter of love.
Love can't be duplicated, feared or fully attained. It isn't a reality show. You're not intended to "tune in next week". You live it every second of every day. It's not a 30 minute episode. Love is constantly growing and improving. It can't be touched or seen. It simply is what it is. Our actions create it and our feelings manipulate it. There isn't a doubt in my mind this couple will wake up with a smile on a daily basis. They have truly created something special. Something we should all strive for.
Something so special I think we should get together and do it again every year.
And who knew I could sing and dance to country music with the best of them?! Congratulations Mr. Dale and Nicky Neff!