I had the great privilege to be asked to be the officiant at the wedding of this wonderful young couple, Molly and Wes. I have know Molly since she was in kindergarten with my daughter Rayna, and Wes since he was in middle school with Molly and Rayna. It truly would have been honor enough for me to be asked to brew some beer for the wedding, but for some reason they actually trusted me to officiate.
Despite no formal training or experience on my part, we were able to collaborate effectively to pull off a wonderful ceremony, which included music and readings from their siblings, a little audience participation, and some beautiful vows written by the each partner. My biggest contribution was saying a few words inspired by the couple's already established strengths from the frame of reference of John Gottman, Ph.D, the preeminent relationship researcher.
Many thanks to Molly and Wes for the opportunity to play such an important role in what turned out to be an incredible day, and for giving me license to dress up a little like Father Guido Sarducci.
Arrivederci America, Michael Basta, Master Gottman Therapist and Trainer, wedding officiant, and Guido Sarducci impersonator.