The rain in downtown Sacramento splashed a gray, crystalline satin sheen on the sidewalk, on umbrellas, on cars being valet parked in front of The Citizen Hotel. I caught a few drops on my suit and on my officiating binder, brushing the droplets away as I entered the foyer. There were people coming and going, some with luggage, some dressed to attend a wedding - Meryl and Taylor's. A large group was congregated in the lobby. Dee of D&K Photography saw me and motioned for me to join him. I cut through the crowd, and in the low light of the lobby, there was a glowing figure, radiating light - the bride Meryl.
Poised and calm, she commanded the room the way a white orchid draws attention by simply being beautiful. She was surrounded by loving family and friends, and holding her hand was the groom, Taylor. I recalled a wonderful feeling of warmth knowing I was soon to preside over this couple's celebration - bringing lovers together meant bringing families together. These are bonds that strengthen us - all of us, reflected in the Buddhist blessing the couple chose to close their ceremony:
You will come to understand that both of you are in all things.
Therefore, it is wise and fruitful to take in the whole world
With an all-embracing love.
On that rainy morning, there was the embrace in the artistry of florist Shannon, makeup artist Christi, and photographers, Dee and Kris. On that rainy morning, there was light, the light of love.
Reverend Rick Tan