Venue and Caterer:
Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront
Erica Parris Photography
We used my iPod for the processional and recessional music. Jamie and Ian hired a string quartet and a ballerina for entertainment during the reception.
Photo Attribute: The best man with my little point and shoot camera.
Jamie and Ian had originally planned an outdoor wedding on the deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the Hilton, but Tropical Storm Isaac had other ideas. While we were not subjected to immediate foul weather and may have been able to pull it off, the unpredictability of the situation definitely warranted the change in venue. In my opinion, much better if only for avoiding unnecessary anxiety.
Ian and Jamie were married at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 26 in Jack's Seafood Bistro, the restaurant at the Hilton. This may not sound like an ideal alternative, but it is actually fantastic. The room has gorgeous wood flooring and huge windows giving it a light airy atmosphere that reminds you how close you are to the beach. The decorations, floral and drapery, set off the ceremony space quite nicely. The acoustics are wonderful, so I do not need to setup my PA system which gives me more freedom of movement. I quite like this room at the Hilton for weddings even when the weather is perfectly fine. Amy McGrew and the rest of the Hilton staff shined as usual.
The couple were attended by a best man, maid of honor, and their daughter Mia for their flower girl. She was tickled pink when she heard her name mentioned during the ceremony. I hope the photographers got a picture of her celebratory gestures.
Jamie was escorted by her mother, who wore a silvery blue dress I would borrow for my cruise in December in a heartbeat. The couple chose a spiritual ceremony that included a sand ceremony to symbolize their union.
may there come across your faces an easy knowing, a comfortable peace,
a deep rooted-ness that connects you to the eternal promise of Love Beyond All Imagining.
May the new life of creation be yours.
May the comfort of the sunshine be yours.
May the soft earth nourish you and make you strong for one another and for your children
and restore your resolve for promising.
And so may a soaking rain work these words of promise and peace into you,
protecting you from harm and harboring you in the presence of one another for eternity.
~ Mary Jo Pedersen