The location they chose for their ceremony was Spruce Pine Lodge, a wonderful style mix of what I tend to think of as a large southern chalet/hunting cabin. Set out in the woods so it is very private, it was just perfect for this low-key ceremony and the celebration that followed. Meagan and Brian had decorated the Lodge for the event and I have never seen it looking nicer.
I always arrive early for weddings and this particular day was no exception. As I watched photographs being taken before the guests arrived, I noticed a dragonfly flitting around everyone and it lit on my wedding notebook for a few moments. After the wedding, I noticed that Brian’s mom was wearing a lovely dragonfly necklace and I mentioned to her that I had seen the dragonfly earlier. She said she had seen it too and her voice caught as she spoke. The necklace she was wearing was her mother’s, who had passed on a short while ago - and her mother had loved dragonflies. Brian’s mom had worn the necklace to the wedding to honor and include her mother and her mother had returned the favor by letting us know she was with us in spirit. She wanted to make her presence known and had chosen a perfect way.
It was, in a different and quite unexpected way, a sweet and fitting example of the poem that means so much to Meagan and Brian.
i carry your heart with me
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)