Jon and Nicole decided to get married on short notice when they found out that both sets of parents could be present Father's Day weekend. They contacted me and we made the arrangements for their wedding June 15th in their new home in Angier. I sent them a proposed ceremony and told them to make whatever changes they wanted and send it back to me. Their internet was down for a few days at the last minute but it came through Saturday night and I saw their new ceremony for the first time. They took what I told them to heart and had completely re-written the ceremony, really making it theirs! I love that! They came up with a special candle lighting and rock combining ritual. See photo.
During the ceremony their mothers lit green candles symbolizing new beginnings and their love for Jon and Nicole. Nicole was represented by a blue candle signifying the vastness of the sky and also connectedness and her father lit that candle showing his love for her. Jon's candle was red, meaning how one person can make a difference. Jon's father lit that candle showing his love for Jon. The couple had placed green colored glass floral pebbles into a clear glass rectangular container representing the heritage of Jon and Nicole from their families. To this foundation, Nicole combined their blue pebbles and red pebbles to strengthen their foundation of commitment to self, each other, and family. They had written special vows to each other which they spoke during the ceremony followed by their wedding vows which they read in unison to each other. After the pronouncement, kiss, and signing of the marriage license, Marty and I departed and the couple and their parents went off to plant a tree together to commemorate their marriage!