New beginnings are the stuff that hope and faith are built upon!
We fell in love, two years ago to the date, 27th of January. A relationship bloomed like a newly planted garden of wildflowers gleaming rainbows in the morning sun, dewdrops on the leaves and bees paying tribute to the sweet nectar of life.
We two, seasoned participants on the stage of life met one another with music. Friends first, maturing into more. That was how we found life led us along paths seldom walked, exploring the back tracks and wilderness of understanding with one another.
Heather and I have always been different (at least as long as we can remember, and from what we hear from our family). That difference seems to have been a sense of rebellion from tradition and a constant need to question and challenge the mudane. We think it is what makes us able to pursue the life we choose.
And so this weekend the 27th of January we both partook in an ancient ceremony known as a handfasting to unite our hopes and dreams in the prescence of friends and family.
The ritual was led by our friend Shirley Joy Barrow who travelled here from Wanganui specially to officiate the wedding.
We held our ceremony in the way our ancestors did. With simplicity and equality, and without the exchange of rings. Our hands bound together by a specially wound rope with five coloured cords representing strength and courage, prosperity, compassion and sincerity, equality and divine blessing, light and humility.
We then drank together from the ritual chalice of life upon which we had engraved special words, exchanged our hopes and vows to one another and then fed each other a bite from a crisp ripe apple to demonstrate service to one another and equality.
We thank the wonderful people who were a part of the organisation and especially those who generously contributed so much time to the day. We thank the divine and look forward to the journey together for much music and laughter to come!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!