It is not often that the first thing I touch on in remarks like these is what the couple does for a living. I feel, though, that it is appropriate here, because Stephanie and Amy do such interesting work, and their work for both of them is not just an occupation, but a calling and a vocation. Each of them, and if you know Stephanie and Amy you know this is true, spend their working hours helping people find meaning, happiness, and growth. That is, after all, what art and psychology are all about. How each of them does this is different, because their personalities are different, but that is what they do. I ask you, is there anything more noble than working to enhance others' meaning, happiness, and growth?
Indeed, I ask each couple, why they want to get married and why now, and the answers, though varied, never seem to stray from the idea of togetherness and marriage serving to enhance meaning, happiness, and growth in the life of the couple.
Now, interestingly, most couples I marry have never been asked by anyone before me why they want to get married and why now. Having to answer that question to themselves more than anyone else is, therefore, a productive exercise. Couples like Stephanie and Amy, however, are still constantly asked in our society, why they want to get married and why now. Well, stop the presses, guess what their answer is? They believe that togetherness and marriage will enhance meaning, happiness, and growth in their life as a couple. It's really just that simple.
So, our wish for them is quite simple too. Stephanie and Amy, may you continue to bless us with enhanced meaning, happiness and growth in our lives. And, may you as a couple continue to be blessed with enhanced meaning, happiness and growth in your lives for many many years to come.