Rewind back to 1992, we did have a big union ceremony with a preacher, a flower girl, rings, and lots of wonderful people around us. We planned and saved up money for the event, my mother made me (don't laugh) a teal dress and I had shoes dyed to match. There was dining and dancing, it was all very wonderful. But you know it was just the two of us committing ourselves to each other. There was no commitment by our government to protect that bond and help us to maintain it. Society as a whole did not even recognize we existed as a unit. I remember going back to work on Monday and being asked how my weekend went, and replying nothing special.
Fast forward to the present and I have done everything, but blow up the license and put it on a billboard. Thankfully, times have changed. But not our rings. During our vows we exchanged the wedding rings we bought in 1992. On our last trip into the Recorder of Deeds in Iowa City Natalie asked if I wanted a new wedding ring. The thought of replacing my old ring seemed unheard of to me. All the history and love in that little band of gold make it worth so much more. However, an improvement could be made on the ring. We decided to get our wedding rings engraved with the date. I am very pleased with the results. Somethings do make a difference and to me being able to get married has meant the world. Thank you for indulging me on this point.
|Photo by the Always Amazing Sungazing Photography|