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Reader, I married them

Posted by Robin Abrahams  May 15, 2012 06:31 PM

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Thank you all for your feedback to my question of what to wear to officiate my friends' wedding! The fact that it was a glorious day made my choices easier. I decided to go with a bright, solid color that would stand out against the grass, sky, and the tuxedos of the grooms. 

This is an aqua silk & linen sheath dress with grey pearls, smoky quartz earrings, grey fishnet stockings and gunmetal heels. For the party, I changed into a black fringed flapper dress (great for dancing!) and silver flats, and lost the stockings.

  scottwedd.jpg (Photo by Scott Anderson) 

It was very windy. And the microphone didn't work. And neither did the backup microphone. Good thing I'd just finished a Shakespeare workshop!

  wedme.jpg(photo by Despina Spiliotis)

I read Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 before the vows. It's a beautiful paean to married love, and some of the lines had quite a resonance during this historical week. 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds 
Admit impediments. Love is not love 
Which alters when it alteration finds, 
Or bends with the remover to remove: 
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; 
It is the star to every wandering bark, 
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. 
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle's compass come: 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. 
If this be error and upon me proved, 
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
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