If you're going to have an
outdoor wedding in the Pacific Northwest, August
is the time to do it. I wish not everyone knew this, otherwise we might
not have had a such a conflict. Two pairs of friends chose the same date
and time to wed. Since one couple turned their occasion into a 4-day extravaganza
with Bollywood-level production values (they even replicated the choreographed
Millionaire), we caught the first 2 nights of their celebration near
Leavenworth, WA before
driving and floatplaning up to
the next day just in time to catch the formalizing of Larry and Eric's vows.
They'd had a commitment ceremony 9 years ago, but now that Canada recognizes
marriage they made it official in their fantastic backyard overlooking
the delightfully warm salt water of Porpoise Bay. When I was a child, wedded
people of strikingly different skin tones or ethnic backgrounds were said
to be in a "mixed marriage." You don't really hear that term among fair-minded
people these days. Likewise, there will come a day when "same-sex marriage"
will seem just as anachronistic. In the hearts of all who attended this ceremony,
that day is already here.