David here, Beth’s indomitable brother. We traveled to Austin for 3 days to bear witness to a massive celebration of life and love: the wedding of our good friends Aaron and Chelsey. The city was slowly recovering from SxSW, and backward haircuts roamed the streets at night, listless, forlorn and lost. But the weather was swoon-worthy, as was the food, as was the music (Aaron’s band Hard Proof played to a packed house Saturday night, and I was lucky enough to sit in on triangle and cowbell… you laugh, but I worked those boys out), and as was the amazing vibe flowing from the betrothed.
Aaron and Chelsey, besides being the most perfect couple in the known universe, were always generous, heart-breakingly beautiful, and consistently hilarious. For me personally, it was a life high-point, as I was tapped to officiate the wedding. I was ordained on the internetz via the Universal Life Church Monastery of Florida (yup), and of the offered religious honorifics, chose ‘Lord of Time’ (so very apt). I couldn’t have been more honored to take part (and to watch two people, about whom I care so much, embark on their path as a married couple), and I’ll be forever indebted to them, as well as all our gathered friends and family, for such a blindingly wonderful experience. It felt like a once-in-a-lifetime weekend…because it absolutely was. Dx