Kevin and Brittany were married on May 04 at The Tides Collocated Club on Patrick Air Force Base. They were such a delight to work with because of their great personalities and their desire to include less common elements in their wedding ceremony.
I had never heard about the fisherman's knot tying ritual before I met them ~ their wedding is the one I refer to in my previous blog post about the ritual. I found some examples on line, but wasn't very impressed with the words so I wrote one I thought captured the desired symbolism a little better.
At the rehearsal, Kevin and Brittany expressed concern about their ability to pull off the ritual successfully, but I thought they did splendidly. I had no reservations whatsoever and encouraged them to keep it in the ceremony. I knew their guests were going to be thoroughly enchanted by it, and I was absolutely right! They had nothing to worry about. Their performance of the ritual in the wedding was flawless and many of their guests made a point of approaching me after the ceremony to tell me how much they loved it.
Brittany and Kevin are a couple who recognize their family and friends are an invaluable community of support for their marriage and made sure each guest knew it. Not only did they include a Communal Declaration of Support, they began their wedding with a Warming of the Rings to involve their guests more intimately in the ceremony. They had over 100 guests so I am not entirely sure the rings made it through everyone's hands before the Best Man retrieved them for the ring exchange. However, my inability to tell just indicates the ritual went very smoothly.
Kevin and Brittany personalized their ceremony even more by writing their own vows to one another. Not surprisingly, that resulted in more than a few tears shed by family and friends alike. Their spiritual ceremony truly was a meaningful occasion filled with tears of joy and peals of laughter!
And I absolutely must say, the neutral sand tones of the wedding party were just lovely for a deck wedding by the ocean.
- Images of the Fisherman's Knot are courtesy of Jeff Carr Photography. Christine did an amazing job beautifully shooting the ceremony at what I consider to be a tricky venue to photograph. It can have weird lighting and shadows with the tiki roof and odd angles given the wedding party are on steps and decking higher than the guests. As you can see, she captured the fisherman's knot ritual spectacularly.
- Portrait with Kevin and Brittany was taken on my camera.