Mary and Marek met and fell in love as kids in high school 11 years ago in 2008 and their love has endured--a testament that puppy love and school kid crushes can become true love and last a lifetime. They actually were engaged on Mary's 18th birthday in 2011 beginning an extraordinarily long engagement. It wasn't planned that way but life, college degrees, and careers just kept getting in the way of making wedding plans. But finally they made it a priority and booked the White Garden in the JC Raulston Arboretum for October 10th 2019. Then they met with me in June and we began writing their ceremony together.
Aaron Prillaman was already there when Dave and I arrived. He was all set up and tuning the guitar.
When the guests were seated I entered and took my place.
Marek escorted his parents, Milagros and Marek, in and then joined me up front.
Mary's father Norm escorted in his beautiful daughter!
The English Garden provided the beautiful bouquet.
Our photographer, Jennifer Outlaw of AO&JO Photography captured the presentation of the bride. Aaron Outlaw was videoing the wedding too.
A tribute to their wonderful parents was next.
Then I launched right into their story and how they met.
Marek was rather shy in school and Mary had to make a bold move to get him to ask her out and it worked!
For their engagement, Marek staged an elaborate "follow the clues" kind of game and at then end of which was Marek with ring and question. She answered yes, they cried tears of joy, then celebrated.
Then Marek got to hear for the first time what Mary told me about her love for him.
With a little humor too!
Then it was Mary's turn to read her vows to Marek.
The exchange of rings was next.
Mary places the ring on Marek's finger as she says words to him after me.
Back to the steps for the closing blessing.
I placed my hand on theirs and pronounced them married and invited them to kiss!
The first kiss was too brief so I got them to kiss again so Jennifer could get a good picture!
I invited their guests to stand and join me in congratulating Mary and Marek, now wife and husband!