Filing away the previous journal entry on my hard drive, I stumbled across a draft of my wedding vows to Ben.
This is a happy find since I lost the paper I read off of at the ceremony, and the video of the event is so windblown (we were on a beach) that you can't make out the words.
So in the case of my computer and back-ups exploding, I'm putting them here. Livejournal is forever, after all.Todd Perley's wedding vows to Benjamin Black,
Provincetown, MA, 29 July, 2010
For seven years I have lived each day aware and grateful for your presence in my life. Through the good days, the bad days, and the fly-over days, I have never taken your love for granted. And my love for you has remained constant throughout. (Except for a week or so during our renovation of Manderley, but I never pretended to claim infallibility.)
Your contentment is my peace of mind.
Your joys are my own.
Your worries and disappointments I share equally.
Though few would guess we were birds of a feather, the bonds that have tied us for seven years run profoundly deep. You truly and literally have been my better half.
I marry you today both as testament of the importance of all the joys and sorrows we have experienced together in the past, and as a solemn promise to continue to love you, respect you, support you, and share my life with you. For I cannot envision a life without you. I am forever obliged to the universe, stars, Fates, deity or deities responsible for the unlikely miracle of bringing us together. I would gladly sacrifice a goat to prove my obligation, but I don't see one on the beach at present, and I don't have the proper permit I imagine P'Town requires.
Instead, I will simply repeat, ad nauseum, "I do! I do! I do! I do, I do, I do! I DO! I do! I do!!!"…