Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cool Wedding, Fun Reception, Special Cake

L to R: officiant, Greg and Rich
Here in Maryland, the weather was perfect on Oct. 21, which marked the wedding reception for our friends Greg and Rich (who were married this past January in New Mexico). They held their reception outside in 76 degree Fahrenheit sunshine - a perfect and unusually warm October day here (average high is 62F). Oct. 21st marked 14 years together - an appropriate day to celebrate. 
  I (Rob) counted backward and remembered that I met them 10 days after their first date in 2004. (Tom met them in 2005 when he and I started dating).   
Rob and Tom 
CEREMONY AND READINGS - Not your average ceremony- Much more memorable!
  The ceremony had three readings (by Victoria, Jeff and Julie), and they were a mix of native American and Buddhist sayings. We loved the Native American references to Mother Earth and Father Sky. The ceremony was special and touching. 
  Their reception was held on their long front lawn (they live in a country-area) surrounded by a long drive. They rented a tent and hired a caterer, and a friend acted as a deejay. We enjoyed a great barbecue meal.
Wedding cake with 4 birthday names

Wedding cake w/photo of Rich and Greg January 2017 N.M. vows

3 birthdays on the cake: Rob, Judy and Jeff

Greg and Rich

A SPECIAL CAKE - The cake was fantastic. It  was three layers, and using fondant frosting was made in the design of an Aspen tree. - Since they plan on retiring in New Mexico years from now, and go there often,  they love the local aspen trees. Cool idea. What we didn't expect was that they purposely had 4 names of friends written on the back of the cake, because this week marked 4 birthdays: Rob's (mine), Jeff (Greg's brother), Judy (their long-time friend) and Mike (whom we didn't know). How thoughtful and special of them to do that. 
the big tent for the reception

God in heaven above please protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together. We honor mother-earth and ask for our Marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons;
Kevin and Jeff
We honor fire and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts. We honor wind and ask we sail through life safe and calm as in our father's arms; We honor water to clean and soothe our relationship - that it may never thirst for love; With all forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony and true happiness as we forever grow together. 

The officiant
Above you are the stars, below you are the stones. As time does pass, remember,  Like a star should your love be constant. Like a stone should your love be firm. Be close, yet not too close. Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience with the other for storms will come, but they will go quickly. Be free in the giving of affection and warmth. Make love often, and be sensuous to one another. Have no fear, and let not the ways nor the words of the unenlightened give you unease. For the Great Spirit is with you, For now and always. 

Nice fall decorations in the yard
more fall yard arrangements 
Jeff doing a reading

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

I'm a simple guy who enjoys the simple things in life, especially our dogs. I volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy exercising, blogging, politics, helping friends and neighbors, participating in ghost investigations, coffee, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country music,writing books on ghosts and spirits, cooking simply and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.