Cheryl and Kerry were married at the historic William H. Gleason house, now the Old Pineapple Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Eau Gallie on March 23. What a spectacular venue for a small to medium sized spring wedding!
They were attended by a matron of honor, two bridesmaids, a best man, two groomsmen, and a ring bearer who boldly stated right before the ceremony that Cheryl was marrying his mommy (bridesmaid number two). He was a real charmer!
I rarely stay for receptions, but Cheryl had invited my husband to the wedding as well and did not even blink when I mentioned I tend to decline because of special dietary needs (and I'm always loathe to add to anyone's wedding budget). Cheryl told me Kerry's mom must also avoid gluten, so accommodations were already being made. That was just the first clue as to how gracious a bride Cheryl would be.
Kerry and Cheryl's spiritual ceremony honored their Celtic heritage and included two readings, a handfasting, a signing of the license while Aerith's Theme played in the background, and a jumping of the broom. Cheryl and Kerry prepared their own vows to read to one another. I always enjoy it when couples do this ~ very meaningful and not a dry eye in sight. Kerry was one of those grooms I'll not easily forget. I do believe Kerry and Cheryl have truly found their soul mate.
One of their readings came from a novel in a fantasy trilogy they both enjoyed. I thought it was a fantastic choice! (see below) I thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony because how often do I get to mention Doctor Who during a wedding? Answer: I do believe this was a first....maybe a second.
Kerry and Cheryl arranged for an appetizer buffet and a make your own French Soda option for the quests while they had their pictures taken. We organized a bird seed toss on the lawn behind the house as the couple entered their reception dinner, held in a marquee tent in the back yard. I was absolutely amazed the server in the buffet line recognized I was one of the gluten free guests without me having to say a word. She scurried off to bring me a specially prepared entree right to my table. Cue chin drop!
After dinner, the entertainment switched from a DJ to a live band. I was disappointed we couldn't stay longer to enjoy more of their performance and some dancing, as the band was really good. But we had a sick child at home I knew was probably about ready for me to tuck him into bed with a story.
Even though they had not cut their wedding cake yet, Cheryl went out of her way to secure me a piece of the phenomenally yummy amaretto gluten free cake to take home with me. Fully a quarter of the cake actually! When I thanked her for being so incredibly gracious, she waved it off with "hostess first, bride second." Ladies, take note. That is an attitude that will definitely leave your guests thinking it was the best wedding they have ever been to in their lives!
I touched the loose peg gently, running my hands over the warm wood of the lute. The varnish was scraped and scuffed in places. it had been treated unkindly in the past, but that didn’t make it less lovely underneath. So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect. ~ From A Wise Man's Fears by Patrick Rothfuss