Everyone loves a smoothie. Grab a little of this and a little of that; mix it into something unique and tasty. Sometimes the ingredients may be surprising. I was recently introduced to a chocolate spinach avocado shake. I took my first gulp with a plugged nose like it was my first shot of whiskey. But then my taste buds had a little party and I was ready for seconds!
Families are often like that. Beautiful yet messy, complementary yet discordant mixtures of people, tendencies, and history. What we each bring to the table may not always seem to create a balanced meal. But, once blended together, all that stuff can become something new and exquisite.
We had a delightful sampling of that kind of mixture, courtesy of Taylor and Kyle. Despite being one of our youngest couples, these two have a deep, mature understanding of how combining all of our various quirks can produce wonderful results. Not only do they understand it, but it seems like they actively seek to cultivate that in their own lives and relationships.
We began to realize this right away in our first meeting. Taylor is a wedding planner herself for Zest It Up wedding planners, and orchard-farmer Kyle isn’t exactly the kind of guy you’d expect to care about that. But he recognized the chance to actively support his bride, and eagerly jumped into the process alongside her. Few things delight us more than seeing a groom engaging with his bride in the midst of the details.
When it came time for the wedding day, that same spirit continued. We witnessed it not only in the bride and groom but also in their family and friends. From the large bridal party to the diverse family groups, there was an intricate web of relationships on display. Yet everyone seemed to blend together into one velvety combination. It was clear that Taylor and Kyle’s approach to relationships had spilled over onto their loved ones.
Even the venue was a blend of sorts. Part rustic barn, part enchanted forest, the See Canyon Fruit Ranch in San Luis Obispo provided a perfect backdrop for Taylor and Kyle’s day.
But one moment encapsulated the theme best. When Taylor headed down the aisle, she was escorted by both her dad and stepdad. Both dads passed their little girl off to her groom. It was absolutely tear-jerking. And it was a beautiful picture of something we hold deeply—that weddings and marriages have the power to increase our capacity for love in ways we might never have thought possible.
Then they had a little party, and—like my taste buds—we could have gone for seconds.
The truth is that life is messy. People are messy. You are, and so am I. Perhaps you wouldn’t think that mixing all these messy people together would result in anything worthwhile. But that’s one of the most amazing things about marriage. When two people—and two families—come together with jagged edges, stains, and scars, yet still choose to love and accept each other, the love and acceptance is all the more undeniable. Learning to love each other in full view of all of that stuff is kinda what life is all about. It’s even tastier than a chocolate spinach avocado shake.
Wedding Vendors ::
Wedding Planner :: Zest It Up; www.zestitup.com
Ceremony & Reception Venue :: See Canyon Fruit Ranch; www.seecanyonfruitranch.com/
Wedding Cake and Desserts :: Paper Cake Events; www.papercakeevents.com
Wedding & Event DJ :: Modern Symphony DJ; http://www.modernsymphony.net
Videographer :: RP3 Productions; http://www.rp3productions.com
Caterer / Taco Cart :: Taqueria 805; https://www.taqueria805.com
Rentals :: SLO Party Rentals; http://www.slopartyrentals.com
Florist :: Friend
Officiant :: Friend
Hair and Makeup :: Friend
Ceremony Music :: Friend