this is by far the most unique wedding submission i’ve ever received. their “conversation” that Randi wrote down as they re-lived their wedding day was absolutely adorable. their images were taken by Sinead Marron of Sunlight Photography in Truth or Consequences, NM.
Randi & Sam were married on June 18, 2011 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Randi: Sam, I’m trying to fill out this wedding story thing and I keep writing the wrong thing and erasing it.
Sam: What are you writing?
Randi: Cheesy stuff. Like how magical it is that we met in the Land of Enchantment and how our first date was like some fated encounter, divine timing, that golden aura the psychic lady said we had together, blah blah blah…I don’t know how else to begin.
Sam: Did you mention how we moved there from opposite sides of the country? And how we moved there to attend the same university and how weird it was that we never met each other until one year later?
Randi: Oh, right. Like how we were going to all the same places, the farmer’s market and poetry readings and the same coffee shops and were even in the same writing department but never even saw each other? And how the timing when we finally did meet was so weirdly perfect? No. I didn’t mention that.
Sam: What about when we first met, standing in line for the Tegan and Sara concert, and how you spent ten minutes thinking of something to say to me and finally asked if you were supposed to print out your ticket?
Randi: Sam, that’s embarrassing. And we’re defying stereotypes, remember?
Sam: Right..but we really do love Tegan and Sara. It’s not a stereotype if it’s true.
Randi: Anyway, I wanted to get around to the wedding and I just kept writing how magical it was. I used that word, like, eight times in one paragraph.
Sam: But that’s the truth. It really was magical.
Randi: I know, I know but how do I explain that? I mean besides the fact that it was the most beautiful, happy, and most meaningful and meticulously planned wedding anyone could even imagine?
Sam: Well. Your dad showed up, for one thing.
Randi: Oh right! Wow…Yeah, he did show up. He spent a whole day hanging all the lanterns.
Sam: And he gave that surprise speech at the reception. I’ll never forget that. He toasted us with his mason jar full of beer and said he couldn’t imagine you with anyone else that could make you as happy as you looked right then, sitting beside me. That was magical. I mean really magical.
Randi: Yeah. It’s hard to believe we spent almost two years hardly speaking after I came out. But once he saw me with you though–when he saw us together and saw how we just kept getting happier and happier over the next three years, something just really shifted in him. I think he still wants that with somebody, you know? He said to me on our last visit that we were one of the few couples he’s ever known that he really believed in, and he couldn’t figure out why. I think that speech he gave was maybe one of my favorite moments of the whole wedding…and maybe my entire life. Right next to us spilling the water down our dresses when we tried to drink from the wedding vase. And when my dress snagged on that drain pipe right when everyone turned to watch me walk down the aisle.
Sam: God, I loved that moment! You were so cute and embarrassed.
Randi: I think I handled it well.
Sam: You really did. You laughed! I was so proud of you.
Randi: What else should I say about the wedding? I’m supposed to be “descriptive.”
Sam: Be sure and mention the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band who came at the last minute after we watched them play a bluegrass cover of that Beatle’s song at the brewery.
Randi: Oh my god, yes! And everyone dancing under all those hanging lanterns! Even your grandma was dancing! I still can’t believe how many people were willing to fly all the way to New Mexico to spend a weekend with us in our little hippie village beside the Rio Grande. We took up every last hot spring and motel in town.
Sam: People looked at us like we were insane.
Randi: Insanely jealous maybe.
Sam: I still think you’re right to call it magical.
Randi: It’s the only way I can describe it. All of it has been magic to me, Sam.
Sam: Me too, Ran.
Randi: Do you really mean that? Even with all the hard stuff? Even when I was, you know, not such a nice person to be around?
Sam: Yes, Randi. Even the hard stuff. Maybe especially because of the hard stuff. It was transformative. Think of the desert. Think of how you talk about the sun, how it warms and purifies everything. Don’t worry about sounding cheesy, Ran. It’s not cheesy if it’s true. Just say it was magical and feel good about it. It’s never wrong to tell the truth.
Randi: Tell the truth…I’m writing that down. Thank you, Sammy. I’m writing the word ‘magical.’ I’ll start there.