We were married on June 19, 2001 in Estes Park, CO beside the Big Thompson River with the Continental Divide as a spectacular backdrop. Because Colorado law only needs one witness to the marriage, it was just us, Elena Coccari our minister, the photographer and nature present.
Our ceremony included a quote from Thoreau, from Gibran's "The Prophet", an old Chinese proverb, an Apache prayer, and Paul's Letter to the Corinthians. We also said a prayer of thanksgiving. The Apache Wedding Prayer stirred our hearts the most, so we have included it here together with our wedding vows.
Our Wedding Vows
With this ring I thee wed.
I choose you above all others to be my wife/husband.
I promise to live with you and laugh with you,
To stand by your side and sleep in your arms,
To be joy to your heart and food for your soul,
To laugh with you in good times and struggle with you in bad times,
To solace you when you are down hearten as I wipe away your tears with my hand,
To comfort you with my body, and mirror you with my soul,
To share with you all my riches and honors,
never taking you for granted but always giving thanks for your presence,
To play with you as much as I can until we grow old;
still loving each other sweetly and gladly for all the days of my life.
I will love you, hold you, honor you and respect you.
I will encourage you and cherish you.
I give you my love, the steadfastness of my purpose, my will and my hope - I will love you forever.
The Apache Prayer
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other.
Now there is no more loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling to enter into the days of your life together.
And may your days be good and long on earth.