I love happy, excited brides. After all, most women have dreamed of their weddings and planned them since childhood. Then, a woman finds the man she wants to spend her life with, and perhaps have children with. She plans her dream wedding for months and often years. Shouldn’t she enjoy it? “Yes, of course,” you say. But, sadly, this is not always the case.
Some brides are sabotaged by nervousness, self-doubt or even their desire for “perfection.” Their extreme concern that every detail be perfect, ruins their appreciation of the true joy of marriage – the wondrous fact that two people are promising to join their hearts and lives in a lifelong commitment.
Happily, some brides are so appreciative of this miracle, that they perceive the world through rose-colored glasses and see perfection in everything about their wedding. Madaleine was this kind of bride. She is a beautiful, successful career woman who has been an item with her handsome, older groom, Stephano, for ten years. Though Stephano is a charming, well-to-do lawyer, with elegant old world courtliness, she had known him long enough to see through his attractive surface. She must like what’s underneath, because she was head-over-heels, giggling, kissing, him every few seconds, in love. She didn’t seem to see the unusual clouds, hiding the sun, at their Maui beach wedding. Their love was the sun.
Dark clouds hide sunlight
But cannot dim the radiance
Cast by their Love-Light