Having a cocktail hour was fun, but soon it was time for the big moment. Our ceremony space was decorated with two vases filled with black river rocks & large manzanita branches, and behind that, three dozen floating candles on the window sill. A program was placed on each chair, embellished with ribbon.
We spread the word that it was time for the ceremony, and our friends & family started to take their seats.
My uncle was our officiant – he became ordained just for us! If you have the opportunity to have a friend or family member officiate your wedding, do it.
We walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths. First Stefan escorted his mom, and then he was followed by his brother...
...followed by my best friend, and then me, with my parents.
And there we were. Getting married. Our ceremony was short, sweet, and simple. I pieced together our script from other ceremonies that I found online. I also worked in a little Shel Silverstein – "Marriage is playing hug o' war instead of tug o' war."
We had two readings during the ceremony: from A Natural History of Love ("...love has altered the flow of history, calmed monsters, kindled works of art, cheered the forlorn, turned tough guys to mush....") and The Little Prince ("...if you come at four o’clock in the afternoon, then at three o’clock I shall begin to be happy...")
At the end of the ceremony, we exchanged rings, I do's, and a kiss...
...and then we were married!
Again, all the photos were taken by the ladies of JL Photografia. Coming up tomorrow: the dinner reception!