In my picturesque little town of Holly Michigan is a wonderful restaurant, the Holly Hotel which I do many weddings at each year. But, they also own Red Riding Stables and you know what? They do wedding's there also!
I was so excited to share the day with many great vendors including Marci Curtis - these are here great photos! You can check her out here www.marcicurtis.com
Beyond selecting a wonderful venue and amazing professionals the couple chose to keep the ceremony personal, short and sweet. They preferred to stand facing me during the ceremony as the bride was a little on the shy side. We shared a few little details of their love story and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the emotion of the moment take hold when it was time to share their vows, the groom stood steady with just a crack of his voice and a tear rolled down his cheek.
I enjoy performing wedding ceremonies throughout Michigan but there is something magical about finding these wonderful venues right in my own town.
Congratulations to a beautiful couple, inside and out.
Ring Warming; Your wedding rings are placed in a box or decorative baggie and at the beginning of the ceremony we announce that we will be doing a ring warming ceremony and today as we pass your rings we ask that each person hold the rings, place a kind thought upon them and pass them onto the next guest. When we do the ring exchange we remind the couple that the wedding rings you will wear have been so blessed by each of your guests today and we hope that in years to come when you look at your rings you remember your guests with love and kindness.
During this ceremony _______ and ______ will exchange rings. These rings are visible signs of their commitment to one another.
As this ceremony proceeds we ask that you, _____ and _____ community, take part in the warming of the rings. As each of you receives the rings, we ask that you take a moment to wish them health, happiness, and a meaningful life together before passing them on to the next person. When these rings come back to them, they will contain that which is priceless: your love, hope, and spirit.
[GROOMSMAN TAKES RINGS OUT AND HANDS THEM OFF TO CLOSEST PERSON IN FRONT ROW]
Please bring the rings forward.
[GROOMSMAN RETRIEVES RINGS AND BRINGS THEM TO COUPLE
Wedding bands are visible, tangible symbols of a couple’s commitment and of their emotional and spiritual connection. Many people talk about rings as being a perfect circle, having no beginning and no end. But we all know that these rings have a beginning. Rock is dug up from the earth. Metals are liquefied in a furnace at a thousand degrees. The hot metal is forged, cooled, and polished. Something beautiful is made from raw elements.
Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, made by imperfect beings. It is the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all.
Let these rings serve as a reminder of the feelings you have in your hearts at this very moment. There are times in life that we tend to focus on the things we have not yet accomplished, there will also be times of great loss. Yet as you look at your wedding band, remember the great gift that you have been given and all that you have in one another. Remember that you have someone to share this life with. Never again will you walk alone.
Stone Ceremony; A basket of stones are set next to an empty “gathering” container; the guests are asked to hold a stone, wish a kind thought and place said stone into the gathering container, if the stones are large enough the guests may write their name on it. The stones are then set in a place of honor in the couple’s home or garden. During the ceremony the couple will each hold their own stone and think their own kind thought and place them in a container .
Yesterday I had the honor to perform a wedding ceremony at the Holly Hotel in downtown Holly, Michigan for a lovely couple! Their family and friends gathered in the upstairs of the restaurant for a intimate ceremony followed by a seated brunch. The atmosphere was romantic and all who were present were smiling at the happy couple.
It was a sunny bright day at Goldner Walsh Nursery in Pontiac Michigan. The sun just began to dip down when we started our wedding ceremony in their outdoor amphitheater.
Joe and Christy stood before me all smiles and excitement and as we moved through their ceremony emotions began to take hold. I could see a happy tear here and there and when they reached the time to share their personally drafted wedding vows well it was just too much to keep in. They wiped the tears from their faces and smiled once more as we moved to do their unity glass ceremony. We invited their parents to help blend the pieces of glass that would later become an art piece, blown glass from an artist, a piece that would rest in their home as a reminder of their wedding day and the love that they share.
It was such a joy to spend their wedding ceremony with them and I wish Joe and Christy all the happiness this life can show them.
WEDDING READING Love by Laura Hendricks
Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough.
A WEDDING READING Blessing For A Marriage, by James Dillet Freeman” notes marriage as a unique relationship. He writes as follows:
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 that 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.
A WEDDING reading titled: “Sooner or Later”
“Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines, and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favorite memories, and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all -- one known only by those who love."
A WEDDING READING Every Day by David Leviathan
"This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be."
A reading titled: “Love isn’t practical.”
Love isn’t practical. It isn’t meant to be easy. It does not appear on command. It does not let you fall for whomever you would like. It surfaces neither at the most opportune moment nor in the most convenient. It will pair you with someone you might never have expected. It will put you fact to face with endless obstacles. But, in the end, none of that twill matter because it is how you overcome its obstacles that will define your love. It may not be practical, but love is ultimately the best thin that will ever happen to you.