The last Library Week wedding features two lovely ladies (one of whom is a Library grad student!) you've seen before. Get ready to get a little teary when you read the poems from their ceremony. – Becca
The offbeat bride: Melissa, library grad student/HR coordinator
Her offbeat partner: Lydia, video game tester
Location & date of wedding: Oddfellows Hall, Orcas Island WA — September 11, 2010
What made our wedding offbeat: We both started out pretty skeptical about weddings (and marriage). Since we're a same sex couple, our wedding wouldn't be legal, and we aren't religious, so we had to figure out what would be meaningful to us and build a whole wedding from the ground up. What we decided was most important to us was being married in the eyes of our friends and family, so we focused on that as we made wedding plans.
Tell us about the ceremony: The ceremony was pretty simple. We read poems and had a ring warming.
Lydia read the poem, "Valentine" by Carol Ann Duffy:
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.
I am trying to be truthful.
Not a cute card or kissogram.
I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.
Melissa read this poem by Pablo Neruda:
Tie your heart at night to mine, love,
and both will defeat the darkness
like twin drums beating in the forest
against the heavy wall of wet leaves.
Night crossing: black coal of dream
that cuts the thread of earthly orbs
with the punctuality of a headlong train
that pulls cold stone and shadow endlessly.
Love, because of it, tie me to a purer movement,
to the grip on life that beats in your breast,
with the wings of a submerged swan,
So that our dream might reply
to the sky's questioning stars
with one key, one door closed to shadow.
Our biggest challenge: We had no idea what we were doing. Neither of us is very big on event planning, so we hired a planner (Jubilee Event Engineers) to talk us through it. We had a lot of disjointed ideas, and working with someone with experience planning parties helped us bring them together into a cohesive whole.
My favorite moment: Melissa: During the ceremony, we passed around our rings and invited guests to stand up and say something. All the people who decided to speak were touching, and thoughtful and funny. One friend wished us the patience and perseverance needed to beat a Legend of Zelda water temple.
Lydia: We also read poems to each other as part of our vows. I cried with chin wubbles the whole time, no lie.
(Melissa: I second Lydia's chin wubbles.)
Watching our friends and family pull together to make the food and setup and takedown the decorations was awesome.
During the ring passing, a toddler guest exclaimed "Ooh!" at the rings and tried to take them.
Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? We were afraid that the food might not come together, since we didn't hire a caterer and were planning on cooking with our friends. Luckily, the friends who put together our menu did an amazing job, and dinner was perfect.
Also, if you're planning on doing a lot yourself on your wedding day, people will not let you. Plan accordingly.
Be picky about your vendors. We only had two vendors actually at our wedding, and they were both the kind of people we could go out for coffee with. This made working with them fun, and helped us feel more comfortable.
- Photographer: Desiree Haigh
- Officiant: Quinn Russell
- Wedding planner: Jubilee Event Engineers
- Melissa's dress: Igigi
- Lydia's dress: Mori Lee bridesmaid dress
- Melissa's shoes: '80s vintage, Flower On The Wall
- Lydia's shoes: Seychelles
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!
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