Sealed with a kiss!

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Circle of Trust Wedding for Chirita and Leo at All Saints Chapel!

Oh my, where do I start describing this wedding---and this amazing couple! Chirita and Leo and I met back in March of 2016. They had booked All Saints Chapel for their wedding on November 4th 2016. There was no question that this wedding was going to have their personal stamp on it. Both of them are quick to admit they have been around the block a few times and have discovered who they are and know what they want! I love working with couples like this who have a vision for their wedding ceremony.
When I first heard Chirita's vision of having her guests arranged in a circle within All Saint's Chapel, I admit that I had my questions about logistics. But then with a diagram of the seating design, I could see it all coming together. Their wedding planner, Kathy Swope with Sally Oakley Weddings and Events, helped her bring it all together. And so in the photo above, you can see it is all ready to go!
The guests have arrived and the processional begins.
Leo and I took our places along with his son, Lance. The ushers bring in the mothers. This is Cordel, Leo's mother being ushered in by Travis.
Chirita's mother, Cordelia, is being escorted in by Omar.
Then the wedding party processes in and take their places at the altar.
Chirita's beautiful daughter Alexus makes her way onto the altar. 
The music ended and I invited the guests to stand and for the attendants to step down to the floor level and close that end of the circle of guests for the entrance of the bride.
Leo walked to the other end of the circle to await Chirita.
Chirita proceeds down the aisle to "Feels like Home" by Chantal Kreviazuk. It was an amazing entrance! Mark Tony with Bunn DJ Company provided the music for the ceremony.
She took Leo's hand. 
And they walked to the center of the circle as the guests closed the circle around them. Some late arriving guests then slipped inside and joined them just in time.  Dogwood Tree Floral Designs furnished the flowers.
I asked the guests to join hands and close the circle around Leo and Chirita. Then I spoke about the significance of a circle and how important it was historically and personally to our couple. I asked the guests: "As Leo and Chirita's closest family and friends, their tribe, do you promise to support their love and their marriage?" They all said "We do." As they took their seats, the wedding party returned to the altar.
After words of welcome, we began with a prayer then paid tribute to those no longer with us on earth.
Then the really fun part of the ceremony began--their wonderful and very humorous story of how they met and fell in love! I so loved telling their story. It was definitely the law of attraction that brought their paths together. They both had been married then single and were living their lives as completely whole human beings who did not "need" anyone to complete them.
They were introduced by a friend of Chirita's who was a co-worker of Leo's. A very funny story of nearly missed opportunities! Once they met, they knew almost immediately that they were compatible and meant for each other. After a few roadblocks and bumps in the road, they came together forever and are simply delighted to be together.
They each told me in confidence what they love about each other, why they want to marry and what they are looking forward to in marriage. Telling them what they told me was such a sweet surprise for each of them during the wedding ceremony.
They made their vows to each other and exchanged rings. 
Chirita reads her vows from my book to Leo as she places the ring on his finger. 
Leo reads his vows to Chirita and puts the ring on her finger. 
A closing blessing......
I invited them to gaze around them at their guests who were there to honor them on their wedding day.
It was my great delight to pronounce these two husband and wife and invite them to kiss!
And so they did! 
Then it was time to Jump the Broom. 
I explained the significance of this ritual then invited them to step down the steps then jump over the broom!
And away they go!
Kathy congratulates them as they recess.
Leo, Chirita! Amazing wedding! I just loved it! And I loved working with you to make the ceremony exactly what you envisioned. You are so great together and I know you are enjoying wedded bliss! I wish you all the best and thank you for choosing me to officiate for you!

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