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A wedding builds community

Daddy and Jay grillingNow that it's over, I think I understand the point of a wedding.  It's the one time in your life when you can count on the people you care about to show up together and at least look each other in the eye --- the bare minimum for community formation.  Mark's uncle and my dad talked about tinkers, my college buddy and my brother talked about Debian, and every sibling I own came together under one picnic shelter for a few hours.

My college buddies.Although to many women, their wedding is their "big day," I now realize that in a proper world the ceremony is not really about the bride and groom.  It's about forming connections between two circles of family and friends, hoping that maybe something will stick.  After a week of angst and tearing out my hair, it's pretty funny that I finally figured out the point of our wedding after the fact!

Brought to you by the color red and the letter C and our homemade chicken waterer!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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