By Sandra Gonzalez
October 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
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“We’ve been chasing each other for a long time….Chasing you has been the smartest thing that I’ve ever done in my life, and being chased by you has been my greatest joy. But now we don’t have to chase each other anymore because we caught each other.” –Booth

Monday’s episode of Bones marked an occasion that was eight years in the making — the marriage of Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth.

To be honest, when I first started watching Bones — season 1, episode 1 — I never thought this far ahead. Yes, these two were cute together. And yes, they exchanged looks so filled with love that 2005 Sandra thought, ‘Are Angel and this lady dating for REAL!?’ But adorable chemistry is never a ticket to anything greater. As the seasons continued, though, it became obvious to everyone (except maybe Booth and Bones) that Bones and Booth were something special. Their connection went beyond flirtation — it was real. (Or, as real as TV love can be.)

Tonight’s episode honored that journey — from “they’re so cute” to “they’re meant to be.” And in doing so, fans were treated to a wedding worthy of eight years of buildup, which is no easy feat.

So how’d the show accomplish this? For me, it was all the vows. Above is an excerpt from Booth’s, which were lovely. In Brennan’s case, she recited the words she’d written down after being buried alive by the Gravedigger. Yes, THOSE words. And if Booth didn’t make you cry, she certainly did.

Dear agent Booth, You are a confusing man. You are irrational and impulsive, superstitious and exasperating. You believe in ghosts and angels and maybe even Santa Claus and because of you I’ve started to see the universe differently. How is it possible that simply looking into your fine face gives me so much joy? Why does it make me so happy that when I try to sneak a peek at you, you’re already looking at me? Like you, it makes no sense. And like you, it feels right. If I ever get out of here, I will find the time and a place to tell you that you make my life messy and confusing, and unfocused and irrational….and wonderful.

This is that time. This is that place.

Like Camille, I didn’t bring enough tissues to this wedding. Now excuse me while I weep like a child.