Tim Greathouse - Wedding Officiant
Tim Greathouse - Wedding Officiant Tim Greathouse
Wedding Officiant
short • simple • secular • spectacular

Adam & Nicole Schneider

The date: June 19th, 2010. The location: A tastefully appointed backyard in Warren, Ohio. The temperature: 650,000 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity: 8,000%. The suit I was wearing: black wool.

But no amount of toasty weather could dampen the excitement in the air as Adam & Nicole took the plunge. Following no religious or spiritual tradition, they were looking for a ceremony that spoke primarily of their love for one another.

Adam & Nicole asked me to read the lyrics – and tell the story behind – a favorite song of theirs as their reading. It was a tricky one, but I think I pulled it off. Here’s how it went:

“When Adam and Nicole first met, they quickly discovered that, among countless other shared interests, they had a shared love of singer songwriter Elliot Smith. The two prepared many a modern day serenade for each other, in the form of that sacred tradition known as the mix tape. A certain Elliot Smith song ended up on the first mix tape Adam ever made for Nicole. She would listen to it on the lonely drive from Adam’s place in Akron back to her apartment in Kent. I’ll read the lyrics for you now. The song is called ‘Angel in the Snow.'”

I’d say you make a perfect angel in the snow
All crushed out on the way you are
Better stop before it goes to far
Don’t you know that I love you
Sometimes I feel like only a cold still life
That fell down here to lay beside you

Don’t you know that I love you
Sometimes I feel like only a cold still life
Only a frozen still life
That fell down here to lay beside you

We all know that Elliot Smith wasn’t the most chipper fellow in the world, and there are a lot of pretty dark interpretations one could glean from that song. But this being a wildly happy occasion, I like to think of it like this: Smith is singing to a girl who brought warmth into his otherwise cold and empty life.

Adam & Nicole: It was a joy to be there with you and meet your family and friends. May you be buried in coffins made from the wood of a hundred-year-old oak tree that I shall plant tomorrow!

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