Meeting Erin and James, hearing their stories of love and hope, sharing and laughing with this delightful couple as we planned their ceremony was pure pleasure. Meeting their friends and family and performing their colorful wedding was pure joy.
Erin’s stunningly beautiful tattoos of Kuan Yin and her Dragon by artist Jeff Gogue were a spectacular part of her appearance in her jewel studded gown. The bridesmaid and guests in their own jewel-tones: turquiose, purple, blue, green, fuscia, orange – created an eye popping rainbow on this otherwise gray Mendocino afternoon. Erin and James, two happy lovers filled with warmth and gratitude, locked gazes throughout the ceremony. Standing closely together, crying and smiling, they were in rapture – Wow!
Following the ceremony and more by hugs and handshakes, we adjourned to the “barn” at Spring Ranch where we were treated to luscious figs and cheeses. Many guests received their complimentary “index-finger moustache” or “fingerstache” tattoo from T.J. Meres as we awaited our royal wedding feast beautifully presented by Sonya Houston of Mendocino Weddings .
Every wedding is unique and surprisingly different from the others. For some couples, their officiant is just a necessary tool for accomplishing the job of getting married. For others, there is a real and enduring friendship that grows from the shared experience of creating a life-changing event together. James and Erin blessed me with their openness, enthusiasm and freindship. I write this post in gratitude to them, their friends and family who welcomed me into their circle that day. I was richly blessed.
Erin and James, may you have every happiness – “until the wheels fall off!”