The wedding, August 10 1996
Our celebratory weekend opened Friday evening, August 9th, with
a potluck picnic supper followed by a folk
Then Saturday morning there was an optional tour of the area for guests.
At 3:30 p.m. we had a gala concert, followed by the wedding ceremony at
5:30 and reception at 7:00.
For the honeymoon trip we traveled to New Hampshire, Vermont, Montreal,
and Boston, with other stops along the way.
During the ceremony we had much music and four readings.
Phil Kniss' meditation "The wedding of words and presence" traced
the way our relationship began (via e-mail) with words, has
led to presence, and continues to be both. Jane Peifer led us through
the vows and pronouncement.
We had planned all details of the weekend very thoroughly, leaving very
little to chance. To preserve some spontaneity, however, we decided not
to decide which of us would say the vows first; that would be left to a
roll of the dice at the time. As Jane got up and called us forward
to prepare for this, there was an additional surprise: a bat suddenly
began flying around the room, apparently awakened by the preceding
We all paused until the bat found a resting place on the wall,
then proceeded with the ceremony.
During the vows, each
of us presented seven promises to the other, along with symbolic objects.
Some of the objects emphasized the fun in our relationship...plus we
were already laughing from the bat, and from the fact that the roll of
the dice had been so decisive (Gloria rolled a 3, Brad a 12).
At the pronouncement, 200
balloons descended from the balcony. The guests kept them aloft for
about two minutes, batting them around until the closing music began.
The print media have made a lot of
the novelty that our relationship began as
an e-mail friendship. Through this communication, we
already knew each other quite well in some
ways before ever meeting in person.
Catchy human-interest story which has made it to
college and high school alumni bulletins, local newspapers,
How are the names?
What are our surnames now? How should one address
us? Easy enough, take your pick, there's no change:
Bradley Lehman and Gloria Rhodes
Gloria Rhodes and Bradley Lehman
. Our cats
go by the single
The other animals around the house
(either puppets or stuffed) have their own names as
well; for example, Ferris Farrell, who (being a lion)
is both ferrous and feral.
No, we didn't adopt the bat.