Big challenges and small victories are routine for us at Trinity Center, but on a recent Friday we celebrated the marriage of beloved neighbors Wanda and Mitch.
Their love story is will-known to staff and many volunteers. Through setbacks and separations, their devotion survived, so when they asked if they could get married at Trinity Center, our hearts swelled with joy. After the marriage license was acquired, we set a date (less than two weeks away!), and this magical event began to take shape.
The Rev. Beth Magill, a long-time friend of Trinity Center, quickly met with Wanda and Mitch and made plans for the service. Austin Haller, organist and associate music director for St. David’s, happily agreed to provide the music, and the wonderful photographer Rick Patrick eagerly agreed to attend and provide all of us with beautiful, lasting memories. (SEE ALBUM HERE).
At 2 p.m. on Friday, October 24th, we had our first-ever wedding in Trinity Center, and the room never looked so beautiful — or so happy. Staff, interns and a handful of special guests surrounded Wanda and Mitch as they said their vows, exchanged simple silver rings and became husband and wife. Wanda never stopped smiling; Mitch never took his eyes off of her.
After the ceremony, we clapped, we cheered and we cried. We ate cake and sipped sparkling grape juice. Toasts, hugs and laughter ensued. A magical time.
Trinity Center has held heartbreaking memorial services. We have mourned deaths and life-altering tragedies affecting our neighbors. But a wedding? This was truly special — a privilege to share and an inspiration to behold.
Our hearts are filled with love and hope for Wanda and Mitch. Whatever life throws at them, we know the memory of this special day will help sustain them, as it will us.