Last week kicked off our wedding week series, covering our look and all the details from what my groom and I wore on our big day! If you haven’t had a chance to check that out, visit here to get caught up. This week we’re getting into something a little more special!
Today, we’re covering one of two big events from our rainy day on November 7th, 2016, the ceremony! The ceremony is one of the biggest parts of the day, especially for the bride and groom as this is truly the place where the magic happens! I’ll never forget how I felt when I said “I do” and the look on his face as I came down the aisle will forever be ingrained in my mind for as long as I live.
We put a lot of time and thought into the ceremony, making it as personal and involved as possible so that the overall look and feel really represented us as a couple. Because of that, we ended up doing a lot of DIY’s and extra practice runs to make sure everything was perfect.
Our original idea for ceremony decor was romantic, woodsy with a touch of our westcoast style. This meant lots of natural items such as tree stumps, moss, roses and as many vintage wood crates as I could get my hands on. We had WONDERFUL coordinators who handled the decorating and ran our day exactly how we wanted it, without them we would have been in big trouble.
As guests entered, we had a vintage crate displaying handpicked handkerchiefs that each guest took in case of any “happy tears” that may have appeared during the ceremony. We also had an “in memory” display for our grandparents and loved ones who couldn’t be with us on the day of the wedding.
Our ceremony was about twenty minutes long, with the addition of a unity ceremony in the form of metal locks (more on that later). We created a custom ceremony script with our fantastic officiant that was completely personal to us and included the guests in the wedding as well as our family.
We ended up being married in front of a bank of windows, that at first seemed like a problem for camera flashes and potential traffic. But in the end with the TORRENTIAL rain that lasted literally all day long, it turned out to be a dark yet romantic backdrop with the rain falling heavily. Perfect for us and true to Vancouver’s reputation of rainy days.
During our ceremony, after the vows, we partook in a unity ceremony that was special to us and symbolized the commitment we had made that day. We called it the “Love Lock Ceremony” where we locked together two vintage padlocks as a declaration of our love and commitment to each other and handed off the keys to our best man and maid of honor. This was not only a special moment for the two of us and those involved, but those locks that now sit in our home hold an extra special meaning and are locked together forever. See the locks here.
Here is a snippet from the lock ceremony:
“These two padlocks represent the commitment, dedication, and courage necessary for securing a strong and healthy marriage. It’s important to understand that the key to love is the ability to comprehend not only the spoken word, but those unspoken gestures, the little things that say so much by themselves. It is giving, without thought of return, but with the hope of just a simple smile; and giving in but never giving up.
The key to love is forgiveness, to accept one another’s faults and pardon mistakes, it is sharing and facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together; conquering problems and forever searching for ways to intensify your mutual happiness.”
Once the kiss was complete and the ink was dry on our marriage certificate, we took off for photos with our families and bridal party while our guests headed over to cocktails in the next room. This gave us a break to catch our breath, take some pictures and enjoy our first moments as husband and wife.
Make sure to check back next Tuesday for the 3rd installment of our wedding week series.