Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Man in Uniform



Now Splendor considers Seraph to be her knight in shining armor, her true champion and all around soul mate. People often ask how Seraph + Splendor made their acquaintance with one another in the first place. What mystical conjunction of the universal forces of destiny or chaos brought the two wayward angels together? There are many strange and heroic tales bandied about containing various degrees of truth. Perhaps brave Seraph had to rescue her from a tall and spindly tower or revive her with a kiss as she slept in a glass coffin? (Oh, wait…that coffin incident was just LAST WEEKEND…) Or perhaps he just found young Splendor misbehaving in 7-11, gave her a place to crash for the night and then decided to keep her. NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW…as to how a certain snake tattoo and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s figured into the story, that will have to be left up to your ample imaginations, dear readers…HA!



Now truth be told, Splendor started living (in sin, no less…) with Seraph at rather a young age. Their apartment was quite different than it is today, being at that time decorated in the romantic style of YOUNG BACHELOR MEETS TEENAGE RUNAWAY. Now if you are not familiar with this mode of interior decoration there will probably be a coffee table book coming out soon enough. In the mean while, just imagine bookshelves full of Mercyful Fate records, an overabundance of beverage bottles and a bed draped in an evil and billowing canopy complete with a human skull dangling from a chain of camel teeth… (in other words every parent’s dream …)




Another query frequently asked is “are you two weirdos ACTUALLY MARRIED or did you just put some floral garlands on your heads, chant some stuff and then call it official???” No, in fact we had a real living, breathing wedding complete with family (!?!), cake and a potluck buffet. We had initially planned to keep things simple and find some scruffy justice of the peace to perform the deed, but you know how these things go, dear ones. In the end, it was decided to have the wedding in the yard of Splendor’s paternal Grandmother’s house. In retrospect, we are glad that we did. It was truly an enchanted place full of fey magic and earth spirits. A colonnade of towering oak trees draped in a thick curtain of ivy formed an eerie semicircle where the ceremony could take place. Adding to the enchantment was a luscious cushion of moss dappled with woodland flowers and an unmistakable sense of mystery…




When the day finally arrived it was sultry and overcast with the exhilarating threat of rain. No one was completely sure what faith our “minister” adhered to, except that it was not one of the proper ones. There are foggy recollections of a robe appliqu├ęd with faux-archaic symbols like something left over from a groovy 60’s cult and an intriguing leather volume from which he read. Then there was his sudden disappearance back into the forest when the ceremony was over never to be heard from again…(Ok, Ok, he was a family friend, once again proving Splendor’s family is about as traditionally religious as a pond full of ducks.)




Even after all of the intervening years there are still those that seem unhappy with our blessed union (*cough*parents*cough*). We started getting rather suspicious when only being wished a happy anniversary by the resident garden squirrels, crazy Aunt Mildred and the ghost in the linen closet. This year the squirrels were even thoughtful enough to leave a gift of peanut shells…

The honeymoon however is still in full swing…


Now guess what I saw on one of the stones
I saw my soul, in a magical haze
It was all dressed up as a corpse in a wedding dress
Small black wings on my naked back
Now hear my prayer, beggin' for mercy
I'm living to die

("Corpse Without a Soul" by Mercyful Fate)

11 comments:

Jill said...

How could your family not be happy for you...any good marriage is one to be celebrated. I've been in one horrible, lonely union where my friends called me Rapunzel...alone in her tower.

This time around, I threw caution to the wind...married my brother-in-law, utterly ignoring anyone's disparaging opinions. Now, I'm ensconced in lovely matrimony with a man who decided to "keep me".

I loved this post.

On a more sinister note...I can't imagine going into battle with the opposing forces wearing helmets 1 and 2. Must have been quite frightening! As well as the human skull hanging from camel teeth!

As usual, your images are breathtaking.

Seraph + Splendor said...

...you know how families can be...something about "being on the wrong path"...sounds like you have a great guy, a happy marriage is something to be cherished...

As to the sinister helms...wonder if they actually wore them to battle or just swaggered around looking fierce???

S+S

The Blushing Hostess said...

Sounds like fun, can I come to the vow renewal in the dark forest? Will there be Bloodies?

This reminds me that my tattoo looks like ass and needs fixed up asap. I don't know what I would do without you two.

Mr. Bluehaunt said...

My partner's parents were horrible...slowly getting better after 18 years. Luckily my parents are pretty supportive ...
I say screw them. Remind them of their support when you check them into a nursing home....

( I love armor and these are great images!)

Kendra Boutell said...

S + S~ Congratulations on finding your soulmate! That is always cause for celebration and a coffin incident. Kendra

Seraph + Splendor said...

...thanks for the comments everyone. Unfortunately the dark forest has been destroyed in favor of some horrid townhouses...do not get us wrong, we love our parents dearly – they just do not understand the art of living in sin…hee...hee...
S+S

Anonymous said...

Allow your crazy Auntie Mo to wish you both a Happy Anniversary!
Count me in as part of the extended (to Missouri)family.
Happy time of crocus and daffy-dills, i.e. Rebirth. Who can't love Spring and celebrating your togetherness?

Seraph + Splendor said...

...thanks, we really appreciate it! Our bulbs are blooming here, too...some especially lovely bluebells this year...
S+S

Thombeau said...

Ah, 'tis all as I'd suspected!

Also, just wanted to make sure you were aware of this. Cheers!

John Travertine said...

Omg, what a nice blog with splendid pictures

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thombeau!
Thanks so much for your support -we truly appreciate it!!!
S+S

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