BE is how I’ve come to address Beth and Elizabeth whenever I’m talking or writing to both of them. Their whole wedding was centered around that word, as their initials of course, but also as a testament to who they are and how they live this life.
Among the many definitions of “be” on dictionary.com, my favorite is this one: to live.
Now, if you’re breathing, you’re living. But somehow, when you put that “to” before “live,” the whole meaning seems to change, at least for me.
To live is not to just take up space here, but to soak up the minutes, to relish the experiences, to love people and places and ideas.
And that is exactly what these two are doing.
And all that loving sends love right back to them. They are surrounded by a community of really amazing people who care deeply about them, cry beside them, laugh heartily with them, and dance with them. Others who are living it up just like they are.
Beth had BE secretly embroidered into the hem of Elizabeth’s dress.
She cried when she saw it, but held it in, too, because… makeup.
They married at The Kitchen, a really amazing Columbus spot that their friends started. If you haven’t been there, go for Taco Tuesday! The Kitchen’s participatory dining re-imagines how we dine out and enjoy food with friends old and brand new. It’s a kind of community space, which made it perfect for BE’s day.
Here’s B waiting to see E for the first time that day…Hi-fiving their awesome son! Big day for this guy, too!
“Hey world! It’s a big day! My mommies are getting married!!!”
Then we took a whirlwind tour around Columbus, heading to Mike’s, where they had their first date…Mike came out to show them some love!…then to Bodega, where they had their first kiss…
…and to Blazers Pub, where Elizabeth found out just how high her skirt can go when she twirls.Then back to the Kitchen to smooch up this dressed up little man!And on to the ceremony. Lots of beautiful tears and smiles here.Their good friend read the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, and there was hardly a dry eye in the house. When they set this date for their wedding, they didn’t know their marriage would be recognized legally.
After the wedding, we headed outside for some quick pictures in the rain before partying it up at their reception!
Beth’s sister did the flowers. Aren’t they gorgeous? Lots of love went into those.Did you see that jager back behind the BE at the beginning? Time to get this party started!
And then it was time for karaoke! This party rocked on til the wee hours of the morning, and it was amazing!!!
BE, I love you! Thanks for reminding us all to live – to take each day and do all that we can with it. To cry and to laugh and to love wholeheartedly and unabashedly. It was a supreme pleasure to see you surrounded by such a family, a community – your tribe I think you called it – so many people whose lives you’ve touched tremendously and who have loved you right back.
And I leave you with an Irish blessing, since it’s St. Patrick’s Day today and I’ll bet Beth’s wearing a kilt somewhere!
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
If you just haven’t had enough BE yet, go check out their engagement session!
Venue/catering: The Kitchen
Flowers: Theresa “Aussie” Mooney
Dress (handmade locally and custom designed for her! So, so beautiful!): Bryston Walters
Makeup: State of Face
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Tie: Tie Bar
Crocheted daisy boutonniere: Jennie Hayes
Music: Christina Basham