Nicole asked me about officiating her wedding because her dad had been the best man at a private wedding I officiated several years ago. While I would like to think I made an impression as an officiant, it could also just as easily be because of my address. He realized when signing the marriage license that I lived across the street from his old house...and confessed to once setting a portion of my roof on fire with fireworks. That's okay since my husband picked up where he left off and is now the neighborhood pyrotechnic go-to guy every Fourth of July.
Matthew and Nicole were married at the Front Street Civic Center on Sunday, October 20. They loved the idea of using Oathing Stones and were also planning to include a Sand Ceremony. Nicole had a flash of genius and asked if we could distribute stones to the guests to hold during part of the ceremony and then collect them in the sand ceremony vase as the foundation for their unity ritual. Excellent idea!
Their daughter distributed the stones during the Words of Welcome and collected them right before the Vow Exchange. Nicole and Matthew wrote beautiful vows they read to one another with their hands clasped over the jar of stones. I think the DJ got tears in his eyes. I know I did.
The couple also used an antique bell belonging to Nicole's grandmother for the Bell of Truce ritual. Very appropriate reminder that love has a past, a present, and a future. It may sound like they had an awful lot going on in their ceremony, but because they chose rituals meaningful to them, everything flowed together splendidly.
They were attended by a Best Man, Maid of Honor, two bridesmaids, two groomsmen, a ring bearer, and stone bearer. The red, white, and black theme set off the reception area of the Civic Center spectacularly.
Best wishes for many many years of wedded bliss!