The weekend of November 17-18 was a double header of low-tension high-fun mid-afternoon weddings on the beach. Roger and Angela beat Josh and Heather by a day, tying the knot on Saturday afternoon on the beach behind the Sea Aire Motel in Cocoa Beach.
When I arrived, the groom had already started cooking on the grill in the pavilion and the bride was just about over being cooped up in the dressing room. They were ready to get the show on the road!
I wish I had a picture of the heart they prepared on the beach for the ceremony site. It was absolutely the best one I've ever seen. The groom's friends spent some serious time on it I would guess.
Angela was escorted by her son and she and Roger each had three attendants. They also had a sweetheart of a ring bearer who carried the rings in a little chest that for some weird reason made me think of pirate treasure. But perhaps since Roger stole Angela's heart that makes perfect sense. We'll go with that.
Unfortunately for Josh and Heather, the wind did not cooperate on Sunday like it did for Angela and Roger on Saturday. It was so strong, the waves were still lapping up against the boardwalk stairs at Juan Ponce de Leon Landing in Melbourne Beach almost three hours after high tide! It also meant my PA system was out of the question. The guest count was just right for my unamplified voice though, so that worked out well enough.
It may look like we have a decent stretch of beach behind us in the picture below, but it was a tight squeeze for those who set up. They too created a marvelous heart in the sand with a beautifully decorated table.
Josh and Heather included a Blessing of the Hands, Family Sand Ceremony and Wish Upon a Shell within their spiritual wedding.
You share today the joy of a deep commitment
And a sacred trust, and you have given each other
The most precious gift of love
Treasure it, nurture it and encourage it
With all the honesty you used in creating it.
~ from "The Precious Gift of Love" (Author Unknown)
Rev. Ann Fuller
The commentary on this blog is my own opinion developed over years of officiating a wide range of wedding sizes and styles. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have.