Curious Hearts

Candle Balloons over the wedding tent. Photo by Corey Conant
 "There’s a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been born that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet." -Pema Chodron

Over the weekend, RM's youngest sister and her beau tied the knot. The reception was held here at the farm under a magnificent tent. The bride was radiant, the weather was spectacular, the food was delectable, and the crowd consisted of all the family's nearest and dearest. It was an absolutely wonderful affair.

As night fell on the farm, dozens of candle balloons were released into the sky, sending up a message of joy, hope, and remembrance to the bride's best friend, who passed away in a tragic car accident several years ago. I can only imagine how many hours those two girls spent discussing their futures together, and how difficult it was for the bride to keep on living after such a huge loss. This tribute was such a touching way to celebrate the beginning of the couple's life together, and honor the formative girlhood friendship that shaped the bride into the woman she is today. The balloons reached up into the sky, over the mountains, and towards the moon before gently fading away. I have never seen anything so magical.

This was a wedding with a certain depth not often found among the heaps of crinoline and frosting flowers that define many nuptials. So much love, but also loss. So much happiness, but also moments of sorrow. That's what life offers us, if we are open to living it. What better way to start a marriage?

The reception tent, with the barns in the background. Our house is in the far left corner of the photo. Photo by Corey Conant.

Sandy (September 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM)  

How wonderful of her to remember her friend at her wedding. I don't comment often, but I do read all your blogs.

Weekend Cowgirl (September 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM)  

The candle balloons are amazing in photo!

Veronica (October 7, 2011 at 10:01 PM)  

Ali, this one brought tears to my eyes. The fact that I was there to witness it makes it even more special. Thanks for sharing.

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