For E & J it was the perfect day in November to wed one another. Although the morning began with quite a bit of wind, the afternoon was calm, clear and just the right temperature. The bride was stunning in her blue dress and the groom looked like a dapper cowboy. The groom's sons were his groomsmen. The bride had her niece and a close friend as her bridesmaids and her Mother and Brother gave her away. They chose their favorite country tune for the procession 'Keeper of the Stars' by Tracy Byrd. The bride had tissues, however, she didn't need them but her bridesmaids did and she tenderly offered them tissues, although they refused.
They chose Instructions for Life in the New Millennium by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for the closing blessing:
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
And that a loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
Be gentle with the earth, be gentle with one another.
When disagreements come, remember always to protect the spirit of your union. When you realize you’ve made a mistake take immediate steps to correct it. Remember the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
So love yourselves, love one another, love all that is your life together and all else will follow.
The crowd exploded in applause as they kissed!
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How to save money on your wedding?
Marry at a park or in the outdoors and keep your ceremony small.
Have a backyard wedding.
Consider marrying in Winter and/or on a weekday.
Consider renting your wedding dress.
Have a cash bar.
DIY as much as possible.
Instead of a wedding, consider eloping.
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This is a great twist to the Unity candle ceremony for beach lovers or if you want to include members of a blended family. It's such a lovely keepsake to remind you of the love that brought you together and it's fun to watch the layers of sand create a visual work of art!
J&K were wed on a perfect fall day in Sedona. From the moment they exchanged smiles, they were captivated by one another. You can see why, they have the best smiles ever! It was an incredibly moving and fun ceremony complete with laughter and tears. At the end, the father of the groom brought over the glass which was wrapped carefully in a towel and as the groom stomped on it we all exclaimed 'Mazeltov!'
Here's what the groom had to say: Jen was wonderful! She really invested in our celebration. She created and delivered a very personal and original ceremony. She picked a beautiful, breath taking location. There were tears and laughter and a whole-lotta-love!
D&D were wed on the Summer Solstice at Thornager's in Flagstaff! Their ceremony included a handfasting. Their handfasting was unique because they had a variety of cords that matched their colors and they chose to have them draped over their hands rather than tied. You can see that it was a wonderful affect!
They chose the Simply Chic Ceremony which included a questionnaire. From their answers, I was able to weave some very cute stories about their relationship into their ceremony which created a warmth and connection with all.
This is what the groom had to say about Jen Paul of Life Passages.....
Jen helped us with so much, I'm not even sure where to start. Her entire service was so personal and she really captured our love story with the information she gathers from an in-depth questionnaire. She also worked incredibly hard on our behalf, speaking closely with our D.J. and our venue to make sure there were no complications. Many of our guests said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever seen. I will recommend Jen Paul to everyone.
Jen Paul, Life Cycle Celebrant, Ordained Minister, Wedding Officiant, Life Coach, Death Doula