I read something once that has managed to stick with me for a long time. Wedding rings are beautiful things - they are shiny and sparkle when new. Diamonds catch the light and play it across nearby surfaces. They are, I think it's safe to say, the most coveted piece of jewelry there is. But an old, worn wedding ring is even more beautiful. Each scratch represents the time you've spent with your soulmate. Each ding tells a story. The more flaws the ring has, the more beautiful it is. Because it stands for something bigger than us. Kanesha and Bates know from experience just how true that is. They may be having a wedding coming up soon, but they already wear their rings, because they're already married.

Erica and Danny had so many friends and family stand up and speak for them over the course of their wedding weekend. As they spoke with love and admiration, one consistent theme gradually emerged. There were so many stories of Erica's beauty, intelligence, confidence, and ambition, but especially how she is not prone to settling for anything less than perfection. She waited a long time for the right guy to come along, but she knew in her heart that Danny was the guy, as soon as she met him. Everyone knew she made the right choice, in the way she glows when she is around him, and in the way that he takes care of and complements her in every way. He was perfect for her, and she was eagerly accepted into his family.