Sealed with a kiss!

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

Chelsay and Jared Marry in my Garden!

Chelsay contacted me on March 24th to see if she and Jared could have their wedding in my garden on April 15th 2017. Jared was stationed in the military in California but was coming home for a few days. I told her that 3:00 on the 15th would work for me. She and her mother Sherry came by a few days later to see the garden, liked it and we started working on the ceremony.
Their guests arrived and Jared took his place up front while I was going over the processional with the wedding party.
Out first was their Best Man. 
Then their Maid of Honor! 
Then Chelsea's dad, Rich, escorted her in.
Every one stood for their entrance. 
As Rich placed Chelsay's hand in Jared's hand, and everyone sat down, I breathed in something that caused me to cough and I could not stop coughing. It was so bad, I had to go inside and get a drink of water. Embarrassing!
They patiently waited for me to return and when I did, we began the ceremony. My voice was a little shaky at first then it normalized. We welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming.
I spoke to their parents and told them how much Chelsay and Jared appreciated their love and support. 
Then I spoke to Sam, Jared's son. Chelsay had special words for him and they wanted him to know how important he is in their lives.
Some words on love and marriage........
They made their vows to each other......
Talking about the symbolism of the rings they are about to exchange. 
Jared places the ring on Chelsay's finger. 
Then Chelsay places the ring on Jared's finger. 
Next came the Family Unity Sand Ceremony. Jared and Chelsay each placed half of their sand into the container.
Then Sam poured all of his sand in and the couple blended the remainder of their sand on top.
After a closing blessing, I pronounced them husband and wife!
Ha ha! We did it! 
Congratulating and introducing the newlywed couple! 
Chelsay and Jared, I am honored to have joined you in marriage. Jared, thank you for your service to our country. I wish you a very happy and fulfilling marriage!

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