For their July 26th wedding, Mira and Sasha and their families rented a 200-year old restored farmhouse in Alton, NH, situated on 100 acres of rolling fields, lawns, stone walls, and woods deep in the country for the most perfect, relaxed, and casual wedding possible. Friends and family came from near and far (mostly far), and were welcomed to camp on the farm, and join in the heartfelt celebration.
Mira and Sasha were proudly walked down to the ceremony by their parents. The bridal party consisted of of their young cousins.
Sasha’s brother Sam gave a reading. It was very moving. I’ve never heard a court case decision used as a reading at a wedding, but it was absolutely lovely and perfect. This was one ceremony where every single person listened to the words spoken.
From “Goodridge Vs. Department of Health” by Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall
Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations….Without question, civil marriage enhances the “welfare of the community.” It is a “social institution of the highest importance.”
Marriage also bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family…. Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.