Real Weddings working not only with hospitals but also as a consultant for teachers, in bringing yoga into the classrooms. “As a couple we’ve been searching for stability,” he remarks. “And I honestly think we bring that to each other. Buying this house was a brilliant idea of Derek’s actually; and it would be so hard for me to have my own business without his support.” He is certain that choosing to marry, and to solidify their relationship through that rite, was particularly meaningful for his partner. It was Derek, recently, who prodded their investment in a new home. The 100-year-old house is filled with lots of rooms, ideal for the family the couple is now beginning to dream about. Jonathan has been transforming his business into a non-profit, and has begun
Derek agrees. “You’re bringing two lives together and forging a new path,” he says. “When I was a kid, or coming out... I wasn’t sure if I would ever get married... I wasn’t sure it would happen in my lifetime. I thought I might have to move to Spain or Holland or something.
“So, yeah,” he adds, “I think it really does make my life complete.” He recalls a conversation with someone, shortly after the wedding, who told him that the marriage wasn’t legal; it didn’t mean anything. “’It means something to me!’” Vividly, Derek remembers his counter. Jonathan offers further reassurance to his husband, and further insight: “It’s the meaning you bring to it,” he says. “It’s not a piece of paper either. Marriage is what’s in your heart.” For more information about Jonathan Garber and his nonprofit business: YogaGoestoSchool.com RainbowWeddingNetwork Magazine would like to thank Joe McParland, registered celebrant, for his assistance in introducing our publication to Jonathan & Derek - truly, one of RWN’s wonderful and inspiring Real Couples! www.civilmarriages.ca