As wedding officiants, we have the immense privilege of being a part of people’s love stories and telling those stories on one of the most important days of their lives. We’ve heard it all and married couples from all walks of life. And there’s one thing we know for certain: Every love story is unique.
We’ve married couples who have known each other since they were children, growing up next door to one another and dating since high school. We also marry couples who found each other later in life when they thought the married life had passed them by. We officiate weddings for couples who have met at school, at work, at a party, through friends, online, thanks to their parents, thanks to their kids or thanks to mutual interests. We even marry couples who met on accident!
Every couple we marry is unique and every love story we tell is different. But every person who has ever fallen in love can relate to the way Calvin and Hobbes put it right here. You may not be in the “butterflies in your stomach” stage of your relationship anymore, but you remember what it’s like: the heart pounding, the sweat dripping, the palms getting clammy, the breath feeling short and the complete loss of control. You can’t find your words and you can’t string two thoughts together.
Will love always feel like that? No. And honestly, that’s a good thing! How awful would it be if we broke out in a sweat and heart palpitations every time our spouse walked into the room? No, those butterflies don’t last forever. But we hope that your love for one another does transform from an erratic sensation to something that brings you immense peace. We hope your love transitions from hearting falling to a full heart always.
So what’s it like to fall in love? No one can say for sure. But we hope if you’re getting married, you’ve felt that special sensation!
February 11, 2015