Christopher and Michelle were married in Cocoa Beach on a glorious Wednesday afternoon in early March with just their four children in attendance. I absolutely adore these types of weddings because the kids make it so much fun. Three boys and a girl between the ages of about five and ten. You can probably imagine the squirming and giggles.
The girl was clearly the youngest and took her duties as flower girl very seriously. She wanted the rose petals to go where they were supposed to go, forget what the wind wanted! She also began hugging on the bride and groom during their vows. Michelle and Christopher might possibly have found it a little distracting, but I loved it. She was obviously so thrilled they were getting married. The entire family just radiated happiness.
Michelle and Christopher wrote their own vows which always brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.
Their non-denominational Christian wedding included a Family Sand Ceremony and a Wish Upon a Shell ritual. The boys were so cute when they spilled some of the sand. They tried to scoop it up and get every last grain into the vase. Pretty much a lost cause, but you have to admire the effort.
I like to involve the children as much as possible during intimate ceremonies such as this one. I usually hand the rings directly to the bride and groom during the ring exchange, but for this wedding I gave the rings to two of the children to hand to their parents at the appropriate time.
At the end of the ceremony, the occasion seemed to call for a departure from protocol. After I pronounced Christopher and Michelle husband and wife, I coached the kids to scream "You may kiss the bride" as loudly as they could on the count of three. Right on cue and at the top of their lungs, they were brilliant!
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. ~ Colossians 3:12-14