Sealed with a kiss!

Sealed with a kiss!
Laura & Chris' Wedding at JCRaulston Arboretum

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Sweet Home Wedding for Bryony and John!

December 30th, 2014 was a cold blustery day so we were all happy that Bryony and John had chosen to have their wedding ceremony indoors in their lovely home. After greeting everyone, including Nicole Faby, who was there to photograph the wedding for the couple, and getting John's sister, Sydney, to sign the marriage license, I stepped into place before the fireplace. (The photos on this blog were taken with my point and shoot camera, not Nicole. BTW, Nicole is a fabulous wedding photographer I have done many weddings with and I officiated the wedding of her sister a couple of years ago in my garden. Here's a link to that post.)
Waffles, obviously sensing that I am a dog-lover, came forward to give me some kisses! Such a sweetie he is and because I used to have a dachshund, I have a really tender spot for him.
And so we are all gathered round for the ceremony and waiting for the bride. John's family is on the right.
 Bryony's dad, Tom, escorts her down the stairs and into the living room. Uh oh, tears starting already!
 But then the smiles came out immediately as they looked around at their loving families. 
 We started with a prayer then words of love and thanks for their parents and siblings. 
John and Bryony each sent me words about why they love each other and what they are looking forward to in marriage and they are hearing these words for the first time in the ceremony. And the tears started again! Bryony's cute dress had pockets in which she had some tissues which I exchanged for a hankie I was carrying just for that purpose. (I collect antique hankies to give to brides and grooms who need them during the ceremony.)
 They had also written vows they kept secret from each other and sent to me that they read to each other.
 Bryony's turn....
 John places the ring on Bryony's finger as he repeats words after me. 
 Bryony's turn.....
 A closing blessing then the pronouncement of marriage!
 You did good, John! We got great pictures of that sweet kiss!
 Our new wife and husband!
 Congratulations all around! Then Jenna signed the marriage license as the other witness. 
What's all the fuss about?
Bryony and John, you are a great couple and I love how well-matched you are. It was my honor to join you in matrimony! I wish you all the best forever, Waffles too!
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