Thanks to Goethe, among others, we may re-think the parable of Adam and Eve. Goethe wrote: “A wife is a gift bestowed upon man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.” Maybe the loss of innocence derives from the origins of society: when even just two come together, a few frustrations will ensue as each realizes inner ignorance. And yet, any spouse offers companionship worth more than even the contentment of living alone in utopia. A few days ago, K+J gave each other glimpses of paradise; they offered the great gift of loving friendship to one another.
Most newbies to wedding plan refer to “City Hall” as the place where they will pick-up the marriage license. In NYC, they will actually visit the NYC Marriage Bureau / Clerk’s office rather than City Hall proper. While many of my couples are planning larger celebrations outside the Clerk’s office, I receive lots of calls from folks who decide to forgo the thirty second ceremony there in favor of personal vows in a site they choose.