Heather + Todd | Wedding Preview by + Debra

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It only seems right to start out by saying a HUGE thank you to Heather and Todd (and Alexander) for letting me be a part of their special day.  You are wonderful people, and I wish you a long and happy marriage!

Heather and Todd got married in their own backyard.  It was phenomenal.  Everything was close to home, close to the heart, and I could feel the love that Heather and Todd share.  You could practically smell the deep and abiding love that their friends and family have for them.  Everything was done in house, with a few small favours from vendors here and there, and sharing the entire day with the entire guest list was pretty awesome.

When I first walked into Heather and Todd’s house I was instantly in love.  From the wall of books surrounding the TV, to the bright carpets on the floor, the framed comic books and blue walls.  It was the uber nice more adult version of my first apartment with my own boyfriend, some years ago now.  I swear, we had the exact same blue in our tiny shotgun apartment, many moons ago.  I instantly liked Heather, who chatted about commuting in LA, and her job at the CDC like we had met years ago.  Alexander played videogames, and was quick to challenge me to a battle royale on Modern Warfare, which I hope we are able to play one of these days.  Todd busied himself in the kitchen, and if you know anything about me, you know I love food.  I was instantly at ease, and kept thinking, “please pick me to shoot your wedding”, and they did!  Thanks for taking a chance with me, and for sharing your special times, ya’ll rock!

 

I loved that  the wedding was in their backyard, literally, outside their living room was a beautiful area set up lovingly by friends and family for an intimate and heart felt ceremony, and mealtime.  I especially liked that they had a ring warming ceremony, a chance for the guests to hold the rings and infuse them with thoughts of peaceful and harmonious days together as a husband and wife.  Heather and Alexander read vows to eachother as step son and step mom, with a promise to be friends through the years.  I teared up a bit at that, mixed families can have certain challenges, and knowing that they promised to work together, and keep in tune with eachothers needs was extra thoughtful.

Some close friends read selected verses as part of the ceremony.  One of the poems was by Sandol Stoddard, titled “I Like You.”  To me it is one of the most perfect summations of a beautiful relationship, it’s about a deep and abiding friendship, and passionate love, that makes for a good marriage.  The poem is a bit long, but in closing I leave you with this, hoping we all have somebody to like, if not now, then one day in the future.

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg 

I like you and I know why.
I like you because you are a good person to like.
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, “Remember when you told me something special?”
And both of us remember

When I think something is important
you think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too
Hah-hah!

I like you because you know where I’m ticklish
And you don’t tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too

 

You know how to be silly
That’s why I like you
Boy are you ever silly
I never met anybody sillier than me till I met you
I like you because you know when it’s time to stop being silly
Maybe day after tomorrow
Maybe never
Too late, it’s a quarter past silly!

Sometimes we don’t say a word
We snurkle under fences
We spy secret places
If I am a goofus on the roofus hollering my head off
You are one too
If I pretend I am drowning, you pretend you are saving me
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump
HOORAY!

That’s because you really like me
You really like me, don’t you?
And I really like you back
And you like me back and I like you back
And that’s the way we keep on going every day

If you go away, then I go away too
or if I stay home, you send me a postcard
You don’t just say “Well see you around sometime, bye”
I like you a lot because of that
If I go away, I send you a postcard too
And I like you because if we go away together
And if we are in Grand Central Station
And if I get lost
Then you are the one that is yelling for me

And I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don’t always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can’t stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It’s awful when the other person isn’t
They are so nice and hoo-hoo you could just about punch them in the nose

I like you because if I think I am going to throw up
then you are really sorry
You don’t just pretend you are busy looking at the birdies and all that
You say, maybe it was something you ate
You say, the same thing happened to me one time
And the same thing did

If you find two four-leaf clovers, you give me one
If I find four, I give you two
If we only find three, we keep on looking
Sometimes we have good luck, and sometimes we don’t
If I break my arm, and if you break your arm too
Then it’s fun to have a broken arm
I tell you about mine, you tell me about yours
We are both sorry
We write our names and draw pictures
We show everybody and they wish they had a broken arm too

I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do

So many reasons
On the 4th of July I like you because it’s the 4th of July
On the fifth of July, I like you too
If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
We could be a HOLIDAY
We could be a CELEBRATION
We could be a WHOLE PARADE

See what I mean?
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again

That’s how it would happen every time
I don’t know why
I guess I don’t know why I really like you
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you
I guess I just like you because I like you.

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