When I arrived I went upstairs to find the bride and groom, parents and wedding party.
The long tables were all set and ready for the reception to follow cocktail hour.
Little framed notations about locations and events in their journey together were placed along the place settings.High Impact Entertainment--before the guests were seated. This is a photo of the quiz and advice cards for the entertainment of the guests and feedback to the couple. Fun!
Kelley Deal Photography--was busy getting her settings right and scoping the area for good angles. Thanks to Kelley for sharing her photos with me which are designated in this blog. Other photos were taken with my iPhone 8+ by my sweet husband, Dave.
The "altar" area was a copper arbor by the couple who did their own florals.
When everyone but the bride was in place, I invited the guests to stand in honor of the bride.
The bride and her father made their way down the aisle.
Brooke's father answered my question and placed her hand in Jake's and everyone was seated.
The ceremony opened with a warm welcome to everyone who had come from near and far for this wedding.
(Photo courtesy of Kelly Deal)
Next came an opening prayer.
Then I stepped out to address their parents in a surprise tribute to their love and support of our couple.(Photo courtesy of Kelley Deal)
Brooke and Jake supplied me with great information to work with to create a very amusing story!(Photo courtesy of Kelley Deal)
Then Brooke got to hear what Jake told me he loves about her and what he is looking forward to in marriage. Then Jake got to hear what Brooke told me about her love for him.
Jake was having so much fun, he was sweating. I took my hankie and reached up to wipe his forehead.
At this point I said "Getting married is hard work, isn't it, Jake?" Laughter!
Then it was time for them to exchange their vows and rings. We included the Celtic tradition of handfasting as I bound their hands together with a handfasting cord.
After wrapping the cord around their hands, a blessing of their hands followed.
They read their vows to each other from my book while their hands were bound.
Brooke says her vows to Jake.
I removed the cord which was symbolically replaced by their rings.
Finally happily married!
The "after-kiss" moment when the reality sinks in that they are married!
The maid of honor handed the bride her bouquet and I presented the newlyweds to their guests!
And out they go into the next chapter of their lives together--marriage!
(Photo courtesy of Kelley Deal)
(Photo courtesy of Kelley Deal)
Cecil Jake Saunders , married on 02/29/2020
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