Excerpt from New Day Herald - Written by Sherie Wylie, photos by David Sand
John shares from Leigh Taylor Young’s journal. His voice is filled with compassion, gratitude and humility. His eyes fill with tears. His voice vibrates as the ocean does when waves are forming.
He reads a journal entry from January 30th, 2005. “The man for me comes forward equal or better than John Morton.” Talk about resolution. John talks about the precision that Leigh writes with as she manifests her heart’s desire. He stands laying claim to what she has called forward and what we all witness as the love story unfolds. John says with great honor, what was singing in her heart was singing to him.
The Wedding begins…
John relaxes into the experience of the groom and his expression melts into a sea of gratitude, reverence and playfulness. There is a whimsical vibration floating through the air and loving is contagious. John begins with a story. He said, in 1985 J-R asked him a question: Did you know that Leigh Taylor-Young is interested in marrying you? John later found himself sitting next to Leigh on a plane to Cairo. While sitting next to Leigh, John says to Leigh, “John Roger tells me you’re interested in marrying me." We get to use our imaginations as to how the whole thing played.
The moment we all have been waiting for presents itself. The Foyer is filled with the angelic voices of Eric and Denise Lumiere singing “Beloved One.” The room is full with open hearts. John walks down the aisle to greet Leigh with a smile that is palpable.
Leigh is wearing a classic white dress that hugs her gorgeous figure. Her head is crowned with white roses and green leaves. She is a beautiful maiden queen. John escorts her to the stage. I watch as a waterfall of enthusiasm overflows from the stage into the room. As Leigh and John ascend to the stage, “Beloved One” is still playing. They face one another and sing like children. Original innocence rings through this moment. The song ends and silence slips in as they look deeply into each other’s eyes, enjoying the pause.
Waiting for the light to come forward, Leigh takes a deep breath, and while holding Johns hand, calls in the Light. John and Leigh announce that they are the pastors for the wedding. John goes back and forth between pastor and groom. Leigh giggles and shines her radiating smile throughout time. John talks about the poem by Kahlil Gibran “Speak to us of marriage”. He remembered the phrase about “Not growing in one another’s shadows.” I flash back to Leigh’s journal entry where she asked for a man that would support her in flying. Leigh shares a dream where John offered his hand as they walked along a beautiful path. Birds were tweeting and singing. The walk was glorious. Then all of a sudden there was an immense mountain. John turned to Leigh and said, “Are you ready.” Leigh said, “I am ready.” They began running together up the mountain. John said the dream speaks of Leigh’s willingness. Both begin the exchange of rings and candid wedding vows. John shares in a spontaneous string of loving words. He gives his gratitude for Leigh and God having sent her, bringing forth his deepest resolution.
Leigh talks about this walk not being for the faint of heart and the opportunity to step up in love, becoming strong in loving and truly loving it all. She lets John know that his life will not go unnoticed or unwitnessed because she will notice and witness it.
John places two rings on Leigh’s finger - one ring for the marriage to the Traveler and one ring for the marriage to John Morton, the man we know and love. Leigh then places a ring on John’s finger and they pronounce themselves husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Morton. A wild applause of joy, laughter, and tears fills the room.
John and Leigh walk the Labyrinth as Mr. and Mrs. Morton. They play as they navigate the turns and small spaces, staying close to one another, taking one step at a time. We cheer them on, witnessing the lovers walk.