Three years ago, on a blustery October day, Ramon and I vowed to love one another and care for one another for eternity.
After the ceremony, we gathered with friends and family in a rustic old lodge, where there was a roaring fire in the stone hearth, and antique tables and chairs; country roses in cream and pink; candles flickering, Frank Sinatra crooning, delicious food served on wood platters, and a three-tiered almond cream cake topped with two tiny millinery birds.
My beloved Godfather, whom I have loved and adored since I was a tiny baby, wasn't able to make the trip overseas. But he sent a speech, and his words for us, read aloud by a dear friend in a moment of silence with only the sound of the crackling fire, are precious and dear to me. They bring tears to my eyes every time I read them. Here is what he wrote:
I've loved you clearly from your birth to the present and now to the beyond. Your happiness and clarity in the years to come are important to me.
I know you to be a man of good judgement and sound character, and as you step into Dawn's life and as 'two' exchange vows and are joined in Holy Matrimony, I applaud you both, and have tears of total joy for your future.
Your Godfather and family,
On our wedding day, our loved ones had so many good wishes for us, and I am overjoyed when I see that they are all coming true.