An Officiant (or Celebrant as they are known as in Australia) was recommended to us, so we set up an appointment to meet her. Her name was Miriam. She was a stocky, short woman, whom we both towered over. I always thought that an Officiant should put you at ease and make a couple feel happy about their wedding day and the exciting future awaiting. However, Miriam’s somber demeanor had us shaking in trepidation. She immediately informed us that she took the commitment of marriage very seriously, and she wasn’t presiding over the ceremony for fun. And that was evident, because my usually very funny fiancé, sat stoic during the entire interview, and we dared not to smile in case she thought we weren’t taking things “very seriously”. Despite her stern, school marm, no nonsense, matter of fact approach, and knowing of no-one else, of course we hired her!
Apparently, we did take our marriage very seriously, because we have reached 31 fulfilling and happy years together and are robustly looking forward to the decades to come. So, here’s cheers to us!