Journey Of A Thousand Miles: Our Love Story Ceremony

It was time for our ceremony to begin.


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Roberto began the service by welcoming everyone.

Family and friends, you have been invited here today to share with Carla and Chris a very important moment in their lives; the moment when they become husband and wife. Today is about love: the love between the two people before you, the power of love to heal and transform, and the notion that with love, all things are possible.


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Carla and Chris, you have waited for this moment, planned for this moment and worked towards this moment for a long time. Now I ask that you simply be in this moment. Stop thinking about where you are going to be in the future and simply celebrate where you are right now. This is what you worked so hard for, so take a few deep breaths and savor this moment.

Then it was time for our first reading. We asked each reader NOT to share the reading they selected with us before the ceremony.

Carla and Chris have asked three people who are very special to them to select a reading for today. The first reading will be from Chris’s cousin, Ked.


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My reading if from Capitan Corelli’s Mandolin:

Love is a temporary madness,

it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.

And when it subsides you have to make a decision.

You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together

that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.

Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness,

it is not excitement,

it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.

That is just being “in love” which any fool can do.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,

and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,

and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,

they find that they are one tree and not two.

After Ked sat down Roberto introduced Mama-In-Law Meerkat. Instead of having a standard wedding address we asked her to surprise us with her version of our love story. We wanted all our guests to know how we had gotten from two goofy college kids to becoming husband and wife.


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When I was first asked to write the love story of Christopher and Carla from my perspective the first thing that came to my mind was that Christopher and Carla were the last ones to know. Everybody else in both families seemed to find it so obvious that the two of them were meant to be together but they remained ambivalent.

Christopher and Carla first met right after we dropped Christopher off at Western in 2005. She was one of the orientation volunteers. When Carla went up to speak at the front of the room she knocked the table over. Christopher said that was when he knew he had to meet her. Soon Carla became part of every conversation I had with Christopher. It was apparent that he had found someone special—that she was somehow going to make an impact on his life. He just wasn’t sure what it was at that time.


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She encouraged him to step out of his safety zone and try different things. You began hearing about coffee bars of all things and the wonderful different coffees and teas she was having him try. You have to know Christopher to know that he never really liked coffee or tea before this, but he was trying anything she put in front of him. And now every time you think of Christopher and Carla, the first things that you think of are the coffees, the teas, the presses and all the things that go along with them. And you also think of the lifetime of happiness and new experiences that Carla’s going to give to Christopher and Christopher will expose Carla to.

The connection between the two began to grow soon after that. Christopher was very excited when Carla asked him to join the women’s engineering society. Then there was the robotics league, something that Carla had done in the past and that Christopher joined to help her. He was amazed by her patience and her understanding. And most of all he was amazed at her love of playing with LEGOs because there was nothing better than that for him.


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On one trip to Kalamazoo, Christopher ask if he could bring a friend along to dinner. We assumed it would be one of his friends from high school, and he came in with Carla. After we said our goodbyes and Sister-In-Law Meerkat got in the car, she looked at us and said, “friends? no way.” It was clear to me, as Father-In-Law Meerkat and I talked on the way home, that this was the start of something that was going to last a lifetime.

Not long after that Christopher called and asked what we would think of him asking Carla out. And my response was that I had assumed they had already been dating. He said he thought she was great but didn’t know she felt but hoped that she would share the same feelings. When I asked Carla about that time she said she didn’t know they were dating until Chris leaned over and kissed her.


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Christopher and Carla are two very unique and special people to many people. Their love for so many things including each other will continue to grow.

When Christopher took Carla to Mackinac Island to propose, he had carefully thought out everything. From designing the engagement ring to packing his own picnic lunch. And on a romantic beach he asked Carla if she would spend the rest of her life with him. Carla said she knew it was right as soon as he put the ring on her finger.

Carla and Christopher are definitely a couple cast from one mold. Their love for all things that are geeky—computers, gadgets, film, video games, coffee, and tea, but most of all, their love for each other will bring them a lifetime of happiness.


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Christopher and Carla, we are so happy to share this beautiful day with you. It brings us great joy to watch our families grow together and to witness the next chapter of your love story. We love you both and wish you great happiness.


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  1. Member
    shanawhimsy 38 posts, Newbee @ 12:06 pm

    Oh love your parasols and your orange flowers :) makes me want to visit the beach!


    Come visit me

  2. waffle Member
    waffle 1161 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:17 pm

    That first photo is stunning!

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    PitBulLover 8411 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 12:21 pm

    Wow your MILs version of your story is so beautiful. It is obvious how much love they have for the two of you and how much love you share. I can see why you needed to wipe away some tears!

  4. Member
    mrs.ball2b 126 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:22 pm

    That was beautiful! I loved the speech that your MIL gave…very nice. :)

  5. cinnamonbun Member
    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:22 pm

    That’s such a great idea to get a relative to tell your love story. What MIL Meerkat wrote is so sweet!

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    mrsbowieii 704 posts, Busy bee @ 12:29 pm

    Oh that was so sweet… Love the photos.

  7. Member
    mamahusky3 1342 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:33 pm

    i’m in tears….that was so beautiful….it touched close to home because its similar to my and FH’s love story….. sooooooo beautiful!! :’-)

  8. Member
    sparks 649 posts, Busy bee @ 12:38 pm

    Your MIL’s story was so touching. Your in laws clearly care so much about you and really support your marriage. Thank you for sharing!

  9. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:39 pm

    What a sweet thing, to have your MIL share your story. Love that!!

  10. magic Member
    magic 640 posts, Busy bee @ 12:44 pm

    What your MIL wrote and read is so sweet – gave me goosebumps!

  11. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:52 pm

    That was a beautiful story your MIL told! Your guests must have loved soaking up every bit of it!

  12. ostrich Member
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:53 pm

    from the captain corelli’s mandolin reading to your epic love story, your ceremony was magical all the way around, M.

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 12:53 pm

    Wow, that speech by your MIL is/was awesome!

  14. Member
    Crown 578 posts, Busy bee @ 12:57 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the reading choice…which made me teary. May have to steal that idea myself.

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 12:59 pm

    Can I just tell you I am so jealous of the beautiful blue ocean in the background of your first picture.

  16. Member
    Miss Fish 1786 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:32 pm

    I am totally crying right now. Ohhhh god, I just had a thought. I’m crying from READING the ceremony readings (not even the vows!) from someone I’ve never met… I am going to SOB at my own wedding. Ohhhh noooooo! Hahaha.

    Seriously though, that was amazing! I can’t wait to see the rest of it! You are so blessed to be surrounded by so much love!

  17. knitting Member
    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:40 pm

    This is so sweet! That first picture is so beautiful.

  18. Member
    pookiepie 317 posts, Helper bee @ 2:26 pm

    great pictures! love the scenery! sooo beautiful!

  19. gazelle Member
    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, what an amazing and personal ceremony! I love that you had her tell your story of how you two fell in love.

    By the way, she has the nicest handwriting too!!

  20. msseal Member
    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:01 pm

    Awwwe, I was tearing up over here, MK! Gorgeous EVERYTHING. I absolutely love the personal touches.

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    miss wordowl 66 posts, Worker bee @ 5:12 pm

    what a beautifully put together speech from your mil

  22. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:32 pm

    Your MIL’s sharing of your story is so touching!

  23. cardigan Member
    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love that you had your MIL tell your love story – SO SWEET!

  24. carousel Member
    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 6:21 pm

    How beautiful and heartfelt!! It must have been amazing to hear your story told while on a beach during your wedding ceremony… And btw, that first pic is awesome!

  25. Member
    HoneyBear 3486 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:46 pm

    LOVE. And yes, I stalk the blog for your recaps 😀

  26. Member
    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 7:57 pm

    So sweet! I love MIL-Meekrat’s version of your story. What a neat idea to have your readers surprise you with their selections.

  27. barrettes Member
    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 8:21 pm

    Aw, MK– such a sweet story from your MIL. ♥

  28. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:03 pm

    @MamaHusky3: Really?! It’s nice to know there are other geeky couples out there. 😛

    @Miss Tartlet: Oh yea they were. When MIL M. mentioned the LEGOs everyone laughed.

    @Miss Ostrich: Thanks O!

  29. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:05 pm

    @Miss Fish: Aww! I thought I would cry at mine too but in the end I only had a couple tears. 😉

    @Miss Seal: Mr. M.’s Grandmother told us how much she liked the personal touches too.

    @miss wordowl: Thanks! It was such a nice surprise.

  30. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:07 pm

    @HoneyBear: Stalk away HB. Love it when you do. 😉

    @Miss Carousel: I think that was my favorite part of the wedding. 😛 Well minus the awesome dancing we did. hehe

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    KellyBee 61 posts, Worker bee @ 9:33 pm

    Beautiful ceremony! And of course I LOVE that there was some robot nerd love in there!

  32. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:44 pm

    Beautiful, touching ceremony. *sniffle*

  33. Member
    jenniepumpkin 367 posts, Helper bee @ 7:20 am

    I love your wedding the details you have put together are amazing! I am in Battle Creek, I could not believe it when you mentioned Kalamazoo! Do you like Water St. Coffee Joint? The one by the tracks? I love that place!


  34. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:00 am

    @jenniepumpkin: *squee* OMG Yes! I love water streets teas. Ok this totally has me in the mood to try and round up a kzoo/grand rapids bee meetup!

  35. Member
    jenniepumpkin 367 posts, Helper bee @ 9:30 am

    I know! Your wedding pics are amazing!

  36. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:48 am

    @jenniepumpkin: *blush* Thanks. 😛

    Ok I am so posting over in the local board and see if we can get at least a small meetup going. Perhaps at water street. Bahahaha.

  37. Member
    KellyBee 61 posts, Worker bee @ 2:00 pm

    Yay! A GR/Kzoo meet up would be fun!

  38. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:01 pm

    @KellyBee: I posted out on the local boards but I don’t think anyone has seen it. We need to get some more traffic over there.

  39. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:02 pm

    I LOVE Mama-in-Law Meerkat’s description of your love story! That’s so beautiful!

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