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Buoyed By Love

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

I got this amazing email from reader Stephanie, which I’m going to keep in mind as I ponder things like what to wear on my head, or our seating chart, or guest list issues, or all the little details. Because in the end, I just don’t think those details will be what I experience or what I remember….

The logistics may have set the mood, but nothing could prepare me for the energy and the vibe that followed. It was all about the people, our friends and family, about our dog chasing her tail in the middle of a packed living room/dance floor to Kenny Loggins’ Footloose, about my new husband spontaneously switching the iPod to our favorite song and asking me to dance and our friends singing along, serenading us. The entire day was more than I ever could have imagined. I was buoyed by Love, humbled by the kindness and generosity of friends and family, and continuously smitten by the magic of it all.

So thank you Stephanie. Your words are like a deep breath of air.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • Couture Bowl

    wow…i hope i feel all of those things on my wedding day. buoyed by love. that's fantastic.

  • Mouse

    What sweetness.

  • LPC

    And as the Buddha would tell you, it is one day in infinite days.

  • bridal girl

    Great letter. In the end it is always about family and bonding with them that makes it more memorable!

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  • Bridechka

    Her words are just lovely. Put a smile on my face.

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    Beautiful words. They so reminded me of our wedding day and the joy that permeated it. What to wear on your head is a fine distraction (like favours) but not really that important in the grand scheme of weddinginess.

  • Frances White

    This post is one of my absolute favourites. I have gone back to it again and again over the years; for my own wedding in 2010 and I always quote it to my special friends in the run-up to their weddings.
    Stephanie, your words are grounding and full of truth, joy, gratitude and hope. Thank you!
    And Thank you Meg for posting it xxx

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