A wedding in which the couple honored their family heritage, so unique. K & F were married at the historic Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff in Spring. They chose the Love Story package and included a handfasting in their ceremony. Their cords were copper to reflect their roots in Arizona and green for their Irish roots. The cords were adorned with symbols that were meaningful to them. It was all done so intentionally. After the final binding, these words were spoken: As your hands are bound together now, so your lives and spirits are joined in a union of love and trust. The knots of this binding are not formed by these chords but instead by your vows. Either of you may drop the chords, for as always, you hold in your own hands the making or breaking of this union.
They met in high school and even back then, the groom loved wearing kilts. This caught her attention and eventually she fell in love with his ability to be himself regardless of anyone else's opinions. He fell in love with her fascination with the natural world and so much more. When he presented her with the ring and asked her to marry him, she said, “Of course I will you silly boy.”
From James Joyce’s, Chamber Music,
Bright cap and streamers,
He sings in the hollow:
Come follow, come follow,
All you that love.
Leave dreams to the dreamers
That will not after,
That song and laughter
Do nothing move.
With ribbons streaming
He sings the bolder;
In troop at his shoulder
The wild bees hum.
And the time of dreaming
Dreams is over −− −
As lover to lover,
Sweetheart, I come.
Photography by Heather Kadar
Robbie and Alycia eloped in mid October at Bell Rock in Sedona. Isn't their blue amazing against the red rocks? Terrific choice if you decide to elope or get married there!
R and A met because they were co-workers, the chemistry was instantaneous. Although they worked in different cities, nothing could keep them apart. For when two souls are meant to connect: location, timing and circumstances are all irrelevant. They suddenly become a magnet for one another and despite their efforts to fight it, the Universe somehow manipulates it all in their favor. And in that moment, when they finally give in, a new love is born.
Their ceremony was simple, meaningful and oh so sweet with an opening and closing prayer, 'I do's' along with a more personalized vow choice. After exchanging rings, this poem:
May these rings remind you that your love, like the sun, warms all that it touches, like the moon, brightens up the night, like the eye, is a gateway to your innermost soul. And your love, like the arms that embrace you, makes everything right with the world.
Eloping in Sedona is such a wonderful way to begin a marriage. There are so many incredible locations to choose from and the weather is pretty amazing too!
After we signed the license Alycia and Robbie went adventuring in the red rocks with their photo team, The Foxes.
K&J chose the Love Story Ceremony. There's was a true story telling ceremony which included the Mother's Rose ceremony for their ritual. As you look through the photos you can just feel the warmth and loving connection that occurred. Of course the backdrop was stunning with the beautiful Sedona red rocks landscape.
Jen Paul, Life Cycle Celebrant, Ordained Minister, Wedding Officiant, Healing Arts Practitioner, Life Coach, Death Doula