Wishes by Meg Keene 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 Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.