Kristine and Sergio were married on Saturday, November 10 at the Porcher House in Cocoa, Florida. After the rehearsal the day before, I was a little nervous about the sun in our eyes and wild shadows cast by the sprawling tree beside the porch affecting photography. But we lucked into a partly cloudy afternoon and it was picture perfect!
Sergio and Kristine knew their family and friends and planned for their wedding to begin "late," which meant it started right on time for those of us in the know. I wish I had thought of that for my own wedding. I have a few family members with chronic tardiness syndrome myself.
They chose a spiritual wedding that included both a Sand Ceremony and a Wine and Letter Box ritual. Sergio's cousin Della, read from "The Awakened Heart" and his cousin Micki read "The Precious Gift of Love."
They were attended by six groomsmen, eight bridesmaids and two flower girls. Their black and white wedding with just a dash of purple worked really well both at the Porcher House for the ceremony and in the Cocoa Civic Center for the reception decor. Very elegant! I love the bird cage luminaries lining the pathway leading up to the house. Very romantic touch.
Sergio and Kristine were so much fun to work with. I don't think I ever saw them without smiles lighting up their faces: from our initial consultation, through the rehearsal, and right up to the moment I waved goodbye after signing the marriage license.
That's fairly unusual since the hustle and bustle of those last few hours and minutes leading up to the ceremony can wipe smiles from even the happiest faces. I'll attribute that to a combination of their winning personalities and a team of fabulous wedding vendors. -- Shamelessly throwing my shoulder out and punting for the vendors listed below. :-)
From "The Awakened Heart"
There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center
of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born
with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never
dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always
awake. It is the human desire for love. Every
person in this earth yearns to love, to be loved,
to know love. Our true identity, our reason
for being, is to be found in this desire...
Rev. Ann Fuller
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