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by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

One of the great things about this blog (and something I don’t have enough time to do as much as I would like) is clicking back through to your blogs when someone leaves a particularly kind or smart comment. That’s how I discovered the dear-to-me Amanda of First Milk. Most recently I got a comment from Sarah, and clicked through to find the “i do” chronicles, which is notable not because it’s a wedding blog, but because Sarah is such an excellent writer. I wanted to share this snippet about her husband’s nieces at their wedding, because it was so lovely I teared up right away when I read it:

I love this photo of all of Patrick’s little nieces standing around us. We were waiting for our first dance, and they were all looking at us with that sense of awe. Later, after we returned from the Bahamas, we were sifting through notes that guests left for us. A sign and a jar marked “wishes” greeted guests at the door of the reception, inviting them to leave “wishes, memories, or a bit of wisdom for the bride and groom.” Most of the note cards contained traditional words: “We wish you a life of love and happiness.” And then we pulled out the first little wish. “I wish for a dog, elly,” said one, a name scrawled below the wish. And then another: “I wish I go to Hollywood.” And finally, “I WANT A PERSON.” That last one really moved me. If we are lucky, we find a person — to love, honor, to care for. Isn’t that what we all want? Someone. And that’s the magic of a wedding.

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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  • very married

    wow. that's so sweet.

  • Pink Heli

    That's so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bride in Exile

    That might be the sweetest, most unintentionally profound wish ever!

  • lily

    What an intuitive little person! That is so darling, and made me laugh aloud.

  • Amanda


  • Peonies and Polaroids

    morning wobbles. I need a cup of tea before I read this sort of stuff.

  • Sarah

    Hi! I just started reading your blog, and I felt sort of compelled to say that you are totally completely 100% awesome for what you wrote in your program.

    I wish you and the new Mr. Meg a lifetime of happiness and I know that even though it will take time, we will see a day in our lifetime (hopefully sooner then later) where everyone in this country is afforded equal rights in marriage.

    You Rock!!

  • Amanda

    I want a person.

  • Meg

    You'll get a person, love. (this post was a little for you.)

  • sarah

    Thank you to everyone for the beautiful comments here and on the blog. It's so affirming to share these little stories. I think wanting a "person" is that one, universal desire. Thank you, Meg, for sharing one of my stories!

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