The author of The Girl With The Pearl Earring describes the girl's expression "to be a mass of contradictions: innocent yet experienced, joyous yet tearful, full of longing and yet full of loss." All of these emotions are worn on the sleeve of a wedding dress, stitched into the sleeve of a suit jacket.
Jon and Kate's celebration was such an example. Here is a beloved daughter, who has worked abroad in France and earned a teaching degree. And a handsome son who has long left home on the prairies to fight fires, experience the outdoors and build homes in the mountains of BC. Hardly the picture of inexperience.
But their hearts are fresh.
Kate is given away by a towering, protective father; Jon's slight mother helps her son with his boutonniere. A feeling of loss. But they are surrounded by family; they are uniting families. Gain.