Mallory and Tim pledged “to be each other’s person” at Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens. Their private ceremony included heartfelt vows written by the couple, a reading from an old Jimmy Stewart movie, and declarations of the couple’s commitment to each other.
“Now you will feel no storms,
for each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness,
for each of you is companion to the other.
You are two persons, but there is one life before you,
and one home.
Turn together to look at the road you traveled
to reach this—the hour of your happiness.
It stretches behind you into the past.
Look to the future that lies ahead.
A long and winding, adventure-filled road,
whose every turn means discovery, new hopes,
new joys, new laughter, and a few shared tears.
May happiness be your companion,
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead
And through all the years to come.
Go this day to your dwelling place and enter into your days together.
May your days be good and long upon the earth.
Your adventure has just begun!”
[Note about the poem’s source: “The Apache Wedding Blessing” was written in 1947 by non-Native American author Elliott Arnold in his Western novel Blood Brother. The poem was later popularized by the 1950 film adaptation Broken Arrow starring Jimmy Stewart and Deborah Paget.]
Hair & Makeup: Samantha (Sammie) Colton at JL Make-up Studios
Flowers: Laurie Gidas Roorback at Gidas Flowers
Venue: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden