A Tale of Love and Magic (The Gathering)

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”

William Goldman – The Princess Bride

I’ve now sat at my desk staring blankly at my computer monitor for the last few days just wondering where to even begin this blog post about Diana and Greg. I suppose like any good story there should be a beginning a middle and an end, I just hope that a young Fred Savage doesn’t interrupt me when it gets to the kissing parts. It all began after a very good friend of mine gave out my name to Diana our lovely heroine of this tale. Through a series of emails arrangements were made and the date was set.

It’s hard not to be friends with Greg. His sense of humor and welcoming demeanor as i said make it hard not to be friends with him. Granted we both are geeks and share a love of a popular card game called Magic The Gathering so you can imagine my elation when i was welcomed into his wolf pack. (Insert Hangover References Here).

Ian, the man of the day (other than Greg of course) and the boy with the Skylander Smiles. Ian, or as I like to refer to him, “my second photographer” for the day was there helping me take the best pictures I could and would occasionally show me a shot that he felt I should get. He would also come over just for a high five at regular intervals. If you guys know anything about me I LOVE HIGH FIVES.

Mawwiage, mawwiage is was bwought us there that day. Twue Wuv okay okay I’m done with the Princess Bride references but I do have to remark that as Diana walked down the aisle and the Princess Bride music began it couldn’t have been more fitting. Through trials and tribulations over their relationship Greg won her heart and even managed to deliver chicken soup in a driving snow storm.

Their vows were the stuff of legend and I fully admit it took an entire brute squad (sorry had to get one more in there) not to get choked up hearing how much these two love each other. The incredibly family bond that they share as Greg not only gained a wife in Diana that day but a son in Ian. Surrounded by loved ones, friends, and even a long lost cousin, it was clear to everyone in attendance the love Diana and Greg share with one another.

The first dance… There is something about first dances that always gets me. Not quite sure what it is but this one in particular made me smile. Ben Folds’s “The Luckiest” could be heard from the speakers as Diana and Greg danced for the first time as husband and wife. Guests looked on and seemed to soak in the whole scene. This of course was followed by a celebratory Hora in Greg and Diana’s honor and even found them lifted up into chairs high in the air.

The evening seemed to go by in a flash. Smiles, laughter and the occasional tear of joy could be seen throughout the room.

I remember a very specific moment when Diana’s grandfather sang to the happy couple. “Love is Lovelier the Second Time Around” and this time for good.

To Diana I say never lose your kindness and your strength. It is through that kindness that gives you that strength and of course in your love for Ian.

To Greg I say never lose your sense of humor and your capacity of love for Diana. It is a remarkable thing.

To the three of you I say enjoy the simple pleasures life can offer they’re always the most important in the end.

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