With “All You Need Is Love” crooning in the background, we departed from the altar through floating bubbles as husband and wife. The path to say “I do” was complete with a horse-drawn carriage, DIY touches, and the groom breaking the rules with a stolen kiss during the homily. Read on for the details behind it all!
First, let’s talk about the flowers, because they were by far one of my favorite touches of the day. We wanted florals to be the key decor focal point of the ceremony and reception, and it was important for us to work with someone local, which is why we pinched ourselves when we found Black Dog Farms. It’s run by an organic florist named Beth, who left her corporate job to work on her passion, and was absolutely wonderful to work with. Not only was she cost effective, but she personalized everything from the arbor and petal-lined aisle to the bouquets and vases. The end result was absolutely stunning – the colors popped against the greenery of the vineyard without being too loud, and the flowers themselves were full and lush.
On either side of the aisle there were wine barrels holding vases, the ceremony program, bubbles and a DIY reclaimed window sign made by yours truly. I got crafty with wording for the sign, which said “Pick a seat, any seat. With love, there’s no right side. Let’s unite, we’re all family, once the groom kisses his bride.” It ended up being such a cute opening to the ceremony area and helped to set the tone for the wedding as a whole being rustic and filled with lots of personal touches.
All the music for the ceremony was done by a string quartet, which was lovely paired with the romance of the vineyard.
For the processional, all the moms were walked down the aisle by their sons, with their husbands close by, to “Air” by Bach. Because all the sons were also a part of the wedding party, they returned to the bridesmaids who were standing nearby waiting to walk down the aisle, with the exception of Doug who stayed at the front of the aisle. Once all the parents were seated, the bridal party walked down to “Yellow” by Coldplay.
May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all-important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another’s presence – no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another!
Excerpt from The Alchemist
It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time.
What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant.
There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.