Laurin and Mike came to see me in June about their wedding on November 1, 2008 at Shady Wagon Farm. They planned to have their ceremony at the gazebo on the pond as their guests watched from the shore. They wanted to create their own special ceremony to include Mike's 8 year old son, Isaiah, and honor their family. The weather that day was an absolutely perfect fall day for their wedding. Violinists Udo and Emi Hildenbrandt provided the heavenly music. After we all processed into the gazebo, Laurin was escorted part of the way by her brother-in-law, Billy, and the rest of the way by Isaiah. I welcomed all the guests and honored the parents of the couple. Mike and Laurin chose a prayer to nature and we remembered those who have passed on from this earth. Mike's grandmother, Rita, presented a special reading from The Velveteen Rabbit about love followed by a blessing for Isaiah which included a special letter Laurin wrote to him that I read in the ceremony as Laurin, Mike and Isaiah held hands. Isaiah is fascinated by rocks and gems and so Laurin selected a beautiful crystal to give him to commemorate this wonderful occasion. The letter she wrote was so touching and I was told later that the guests all had tears of joy in their eyes. Then we celebrated the birth of this new family by pouring their sand together. They made their vows to each other and then exchanged rings. The symbolism of the rings was compared to two stones tossed simultaneously into a pond creating enlarging and interlocking circles representing the interlocking of their lives. As I made the pronouncement, Isaiah tossed three specially selected stones into the water of the pond. It was very special! The processional and wedding ceremony went very smoothly with Shawn Schindler and her assistant Kristen Trexler of Your Special Day directing the festivities. It is such a pleasure to work with a professional wedding planner. Following the wedding ceremony their photographer, Matt Gronke, took pictures and then we adjourned to the reception in the barn across from the pond. J. Ross Denson of J. Ross Party Productions was the DJ for the occasion. It was good to work with him again! Cindy Carroll, the owner of Shady Wagon Farms, catered the event and also made the beautiful wedding cake. It was a grand success and all that Mike and Laurin planned for. All the best to you, Mike, Laurin and Isaiah!