Retta & Jack were married at the beautiful Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ.
Their ceremony had a reading from Rainer Maria Rilke, on the nature of marriage, as well as a handfasting. It was a perfect fall day, and unseasonably warm for October – a wonderful day for a wedding. They had a harpist perform the music for the ceremony – a beautiful, elegant touch.
The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.
– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Retta and Jack, congratulations!