I came to the woods!

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if  I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”  Thoreau

And we all came to the woods, the beautiful woods surrounding Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, a hidden treasure in Englewood, NJ, to celebrate the wedding of Selena and Geovanna last September. And what an intimate and lush setting it was! The wedding ceremony held against a backdrop of trees and lake, complete with a frog chorus! As we walked to the dock, the site of the ceremony,  the brides and their friends picked up wishing rocks to hold during the ceremony, filling those stones with their hopes and dreams for the couple.

 

Now, they are a totally  modern couple, and when I asked them to say their vows to each other, they passed their pink Blackberry back and forth, reading from their notes!  What a cool juxtoposition between the rustic setting and modern technology! 

 

After I pronounced them married, we all threw our stones into the lake (trying to avoid the well-wishing frogs) and sent our wishes to the heavens. It was a truly intimate and meaningful moment.