"...You stand on the highest floor of a symbolic family owned several story building, the construction of which was begun generations before you were born. The ground floor of this strong and sturdy building was laid by your European ancestors whose commitment to their religion and culture were to serve as the foundation upon which all additional floors would be built. The tools with which they labored were basic principals rooted in their tradition, and among these were, devotion to family, love of learning, commitment to hard work, a determination to succeed, and a desire to make the world a better place, within which their children and grandchildren might live. And the succeeding generations of your family committed themselves to the proposition of building the next great levels of this marvelous edifice. And, by virtue of your decision to join today in matrimony you inherit from them a baton, as well as an obligation, and it is to join your siblings and your cousins for the completion of the next great level of this essential building. And you do so not only for your selves but for your prosperity."
Now, let the photos tell the story.
*Thank you to Barry Jaffe, for your wonderful words. The disclaimer, yes, this is a direct and full translation of the first several minutes of the celebration of marriage. Full credit to Barry Jaffe.
**Yes, there are a few more photos on Reflection's Flora and Fauna. Tomorrow I will have just a couple more photos from the wedding, of the rest of the family.
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