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Ceremony - Part II

weather: mostly sunny
outside: 15°C
mood: peaceful
We exchanged vows and exchanged rings. Neither of us fell apart during the vows. I was focussing on the concept of "Kolinahr" in my head, the whole time Reverend Miles was talking, smiling and looking at W. Kolinahr is the Vulcan ritual intended to purge all remaining emotions in pursuit of the ideal of pure logic. Not suppressing my emotions at that point would probably have made me buckle.

We lit the Unity Candle together and walked back to sign the register. Tim was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT in his timing for the Bach/Gounod/Kanawa Ave Maria:

Ave Maria,
Gratia plena,
Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu
In mulieribus,
Et benedictus
Fructus ventris tui,
Iesus.

Sancta Maria,
Mater Dei,
Ora pro nobis
Peccatoribus,
Nunc, et in hora
Mortis nostrae.
Amen.

We signed all the right names in all the right places =) then took our place at the top of the Communion steps. Reverend Miles announced us and we began walking back down the aisle. It occurred to me that I wanted stop just before the first row and do a bow/curtsey to W's Grandparents and parents, then go to the other side and do the same for my parents. Charles and Diana did this just before they walked out and I thought it looked very respectfully beautiful.

But tugging W back and trying to explain what I wanted him to do would have just been clumsy. I wasn't sure how he would handle the ad-libbing either, so I ended up just pausing slightly to smile at Grandma Lin and walked off with W.

We walked out as the CD deck played The Quiet Mountain, a Chinese traditional arrangement played on a Celtic Harp. Tim timed this perfectly too.


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