You always remember your first.
The wedding of Lee + Keith was memorable for so many reasons. Mainly it was the amount of pure love, and not just between the couple, but amongst their friends and family. Do it yourself weddings are not easy. But everyone stepped up to the plate with grace and ease and the two families felt bonded almost immediately.
I had known Keith since we were babies, okay that's being generous, we were young adults. Babies to the world and living in San Francisco. A chance run in with him at a vintage store on Haight had changed the course of my life. He said he was moving to New York. I remember feeling happy for him but also this uncomfortable tinge of jealousy. In that moment, my soul was speaking. It said you too belong in New York. And so I moved within two months of that encounter. And so began the real foundation of our friendship. For the next decade we would continue to inspire each other to grow by nudging the other into a series of wacky careers. (A really long story.)
When Keith met Lee, everything changed. Keith became grounded, solid and in tune with himself in a way that made me feel ridiculously gleeful when I was with them both. Being with them in NYC but mostly in their home in Pennsylvania felt cozy and comfy like hanging out with the best uncles ever.
I remember riding in a taxi with Keith toward the end of my journey in NYC and he asked if I ever felt lost. It's an inevitable and vulnerable conversation that every sensitive souls has at once when living in the city. I said maybe a little but that I did not mind because New York was the perfect place for a person like me to be lost. The city had always held me close and kept me safe. Keith said he may not know exactly what he wanted to do next in his career but the one thing he knew for sure was that he loved Lee.
Shortly after that conversation I immersed myself in esoteric studies and after a ten moth ordination process became a priestess. Then, one year and one day of my ordination, as promised by Priestess Celeste, my new path would reveal itself. On that day exactly, after spending 11 years in New York City, I returned to San Francisco.
A year later it was Keith who called and reminded me that I could perform ceremonies. For me the ordination process was a 10 month rebirthing journey. I had no real intentions of performing weddings and the like. But I was honored and happily returned to bless the commitment to the beautiful life Keith had built with Lee. A beautiful life indeed.
Thanks Keith and Lee for being my first!