Bridgitte and Wilton were married on Saturday, February 23 at the Kingery Pavilion in Palm Bay. The day was unseasonably warm so the shade of the pavilion was much appreciated. As was the on-time start!
I do believe Wilton was my first groom in a cowboy hat, and my was he dashing! He was also exceptionally polite. As my relatives would say, "his momma raised him right!" Bridgitte definitely has herself a gentleman.
The wedding proceeded quite smoothly with just one little hiccup I think I successfully hid from the guests. I had written a ring exchange that specifically referenced the symbolism of the claddaugh ring only to find plain wedding bands in my hand when the blessing of the rings rolled around. Do I pretend they are claddaugh rings and plow on? Or skip that part and quickly find where the text of the ceremony picks up afterwards? No way to stop and ask Bridgitte what she wanted. Judgment call time!
Bridgitte and Wilton were attended by a best man, maid of honor, two groomsmen, two bridesmaids, a flower girl and a four-legged "ring bearer," a gorgeous golden retriever escorted by the bride's brother. The bridesmaids were adorable in short dresses and cowboy boots.
Bridgitte and Wilton included a Knot Ceremony for a unity ritual as well as a Declaration of Support enthusiastically agreed upon by all their family and friends.
I did get a number of very sweet compliments from guests at the conclusion of the ceremony. That tends to happen when the bride and groom are as relaxed and humorous as Bridgitte and Wilton. They wrote their own vows and read them to one another. They had me in stitches. Love it!
In a unique twist to bridal tradition, Bridgitte chose dried flowers for the bouquets and boutonnieres. They were not only lovely and absolutely perfect for the theme, they photographed spectacularly well! If you want to get a good look at what is possible with dried flowers, take a look at their photographer, Jason Webster's blog.
Rev. Ann Fuller
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