“But friendship is precious,
not only in the shade,
but in the sunshine of life,
and thanks to a benevolent arrangement
the greater part of life is sunshine.”
- Thomas Jefferson
I walked around the quiet streets of Nashville this morning all alone. It was a peaceful place and time, and I could not help but look around and want to say to every person, every slick glass building, every cobblestone beneath my feet “thank you, thank you, thank you”.
When Tom gave me his seal of approval (which looks like a shrug and sounds like a mumble) to let ramblings readers plan our wedding day, neither of us could have expected the outcome. You ramblers had yet to cast your votes, of course! Much more than the polls, the fun feature posts, more than the creativity you spilled into the comments section every week for a year, even more than the wild enthusiasm you’d channel to argue the most important aspects of this Bloggy Wedding (To bee hive or not to bee hive?), I was struck with awe at the universal theme that ran in and out of posts into responses flowing under and over weeks and landing signed, sealed, and delivered in a tiny PO Box in a tiny Tennessee town. It became clear that no matter the type of wedding detail I threw your way your response always boiled down to one very simple thing: love.
The idea to let a couple of thousand strangers decide the look and vibe of our day struck most we met as crazy. But we knew better. You never were strangers, were you? The motivation for such an out-of-the-box approach to wedding planning came from hurt. Tom and I have struggled over the last year to feel supported or celebrated by a few we considered closest to us. Before the bitter taste of their behavior could settle in our mouths, you guys washed the slate clean, swooped in and refreshed our plans to forge ahead and plan a wedding. You put the joy back in what should be the most joyous occasion.
So today this baby mama blogger will become a wife. The budget was small. The guest count will be smaller. The gratitude we feel for each and every one of you could only be summed up as magnificient. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us this day.