my first draft of my maid of honor speech

Remember tonight for it is the beginning of always
A promise like a reward for persisting through life so long alone

The belief in each other and the possibility of love

A decision to ignore or simply rise above the pain of the past

A covenant which at once binds two souls and yet severs prior ties

A celebration of the chance taken and the challenge that lies ahead

For two will always be stronger than one

Like a team braced against the tempest sisal world

And love will always be the guiding force in our lives

For tonight is mere formality

Only an announcement to the world of feelings long held

And promises made long ago in a sacred space of our hearts

For you are where love has always lived and where love has begun a new