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Message to the Bride & Groom - Scientific

This is it – this is the day you’ve been waiting your entire lives for. When you stop and think about it, how many things had to go absolutely right in the universe from the beginning of time to bring the two of you together here today? As engineers, you deal with the predictable, concrete side of life where there are equations that are always true and the answers are always right.

However…those equations…math, geometry, physics…can’t be used to explain how the two of you found each other, why you fell in love, and how you ended up here today. Since the dawn of science, men and women far more intelligent than us have tried to explain love and why we are drawn to each other.

Perhaps Albert Einstein explained it best: Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.

You’ll find this special theory of relativity at work throughout the rest of your lives. Standing here today, the past few months of preparing for this day seem like nothing more than the blink of an eye and the time you will share for the rest of your lives seems like an almost incomprehensible eternity.

The funny thing is, on this day five years from now, the same thing will be true – you’ll be wondering where the past five years went and your future together will seem to be an eternity. Fast forward to 10 years, then 25, then 50…on each of those anniversaries, you will feel the exact same way.

It’s obvious that science cannot explain this phenomenon… but to be honest, I think that’s a good thing. There are only two possible ways that we can approach any situation or any decision in life – using our heads or using our hearts. Using our heads is, quite honestly, boring and unromantic. Take this very ceremony, for example. If we were using our heads, we would not be perched on a cliff above a river in Iowa. That just doesn’t make sense. What makes sense is a closer location with closer parking, air conditioning, and screens to keep the bugs out. But while getting married in a school gymnasium may make a lot of sense to our heads, it leaves our hearts wanting.

Some of the best times in our lives happened when we were believing in our hearts instead of listening to our heads. Think back to some of the happiest times in your life – Christmas morning as a child, the first day of summer break, watching a magician on stage. Life was so much better and so much brighter when there was far less logic and far more magic.

This same logic would dictate that we shouldn’t fall in love. When we open our hearts to love, we also open our hearts to being broken. Sometimes it’s in little ways, sometimes it’s in big ways. Logic would say that since the negative outcome of heartbreak is a guaranteed outcome, which it certainly is, we shouldn’t open ourselves up to love. No love equals no heartbreak and we will be stronger without heartbreak.

But…while logic may be…well….logical….what fun would life be without a little magic? Magic explains everything that science cannot. There was magic the moment that your gazes first met. There was magic created by the two of you on your first date. There was magic in the moment that you realized that you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together. And there’s magic here today…on this bluff…in Iowa…far removed from the hustle and bustle of life. And in just a few moments, even more magic will be made as you say your “I Dos.”

And that brings me back to where we started. Your lives up until this moment have been nothing more than the blink of an eye, summed up by Einstein’s special theory of relativity. In 5 years, 10 years, 25 years, or even 50 years, you’ll look back at your lives and you’ll marvel at how much time has passed in what still then seems like a blink of an eye. But….while your life together may seem to pass faster than you can imagine, as long as you take time to appreciate the magic and the love, you’ll make some great memories along the way.

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