This morning, I officiated the sweetest “hybrid” wedding in northern Manhattan. By hybrid, I mean there were a few very important guests at the ceremony, but many, many more (from around the globe!) joining us via zoom. Everything about the wedding was perfection. The bride and groom, both artists, had decorated the roof of the brownstone where they live. Although a chilly day, we were enveloped by beautiful, blue skies with billowy clouds. Guests were happy and dressed to perfection—and, yes, the bride looked like a princess.
One of my favorite moments of the wedding occurred when the bride delivered her original vows to her South American beloved. Although she does not speak Spanish, she’d carefully practiced a portion of her vows in his native tongue. As you might imagine, his relatives from Colombia were thrilled. The delightful gesture brought a tear to the groom’s eye.
If you have a multi-lingual wedding gathering, consider incorporating other languages in the ceremony, through the vows, a reading, or perhaps a script translation for those who don’t speak any English.