Love: A Thing of Wonder
I was sitting down at my desk at 1am, just hours before my wedding day. I tried hard to think about why I loved him. In the still quiet of a cool night, I was without distraction. Left alone to the task of writing my vows, my mind wandered around thoughts of how I really felt about him and what made me say yes to a lifetime legally bound to him. As I touched my pen to paper, the words came as naturally as breathing and before long, I was overwhelmed. I remembered all the silly arguments where in the end, he was right and I was wrong. I remembered all the times I refused to follow his instructions but in my resentful defeat, his seemingly superior cooking recipes prevailed over mine. And the times I felt lost and didn't know what I wanted in life - in those times, he was always there to support me and spur me on. This man had stuck by me through my stubbornness and annoying, constant need of his affirmation. He loved me and he had my heart. In a few hours, I would be walking down the aisle in an intricate convolution of tulle and lace to be wed to this wonder of a man, who, to my bamboozlement, wanted to marry me out of all the fish in all the fish tanks of every Asian restaurant.
Walking down that aisle, being on the receiving end of the smiles of our family and friends gave me such comfort and courage. Courage not just to declare my love for Jon in front of our 130 guests, but courage to enter marriage knowing that the very real threat of our differences will come habitually knocking on our door for years to come.
Our families, extended families and friends had flown to Perth from all over the world to witness our union and it started with a wedding invitation. A singular string of words saying "Kenaina and Jonathan invite you to their wedding at 3pm, 28th May 2016 at Ross Memorial Uniting Church, West Perth" played the simple but elemental role that brought a Kayan and Chinese family together in one place, to become family.
Among the plethora of pastel toned wedding necessities, the love that stemmed from our social kernel and our Creator who is love ignited our day and ultimately enveloped us. It carried us through the disagreements on our wedding budget and guest numbers. It carried us through the countless hugs and pictures a couple obliges to on their wedding day. With confidence, I know full well that that love will carry us through in our marriage, from 28th May 2016 'til death do us part.