DW in the DW: Ceremony of Love, West-Coast Style

The scene: Majestic Colonial Resort, in the Gazebo. The guests are assembled, the men and maids stand at attention, and Mr Breezy and I, having kissed our parents goodbye, face each other with big silly-happy grins.

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Brian The (Non-Official) Officiant: Friends and family, we are gathered today to join Mr and Miss SB in marriage. Who gives this woman away today?

Papa Sea Breeze: I do.

Brian: Are you sure? (At which point everyone EXPLODES in laughter.) Positive? ”˜Cause once you give her away, there are no takesies-backsies.

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Brian: No?”¦ Okay. We’re off to a good start.

And so begins the wedding ceremony of our dreams.

Many couples say that their favorite part of the wedding day is the reception. For us, it was the ceremony. It was so thoughtful, so touching, so incredibly joyful and so full of spontaneous jokes and laughter. My heart swells with the memory of it.

I think I will be in love with our Ceremony of Love as long as I live.

Even though our friend Brian wasn’t “really” a minister, priest, or rabbi (though it took some of our friends a while to believe us), he did a magnificent job translating the hopes and dreams of our hearts into our wedding ceremony.

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We trusted him completely and pretty much gave him free rein to develop the ceremony, which was touching, beautiful AND hilariously funny. The only thing I asked Brian to do, really, was somehow make our guests a part of our ceremony, a la Mrs. Lovebug.

Well, he did just that”¦ And then, to my utter delight, gave it his own special West Coast twist:


Love, West-Coast Style from Mrs Sea Breeze on Vimeo.

Looking around at everyone with their eyes closed and hearts held high is a moment and a feeling I will treasure forever.

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I think Mama Sea Breeze’s um, ”˜version’ of the heart is the absolute cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

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And thus, surrounded by a love that was grand and wonderful and palpable, we got ready to say our vows.

Photos by Photophil Steingard and his sidekick, Michael Steingard. Special thanks to our awesome videographers Todd and Dave who went above and beyond to capture this heartwarming ceremony for us.

DW in the DR: Pack It Up, Pack It In
DW in the DR: Airport Confessions
DW in the DR: Bienvenidos a Punta Cana
DW in the DR: The Guest List Is In the Bag
DW in the DR: The OOTs in Action
DW in the DR: Planning the Reception
DW in the DR: Planning the Flowers & Cake
DW in the DR: Planning the Ceremony
DW in the DR: Planning the Photography
DW in the DR: Stag and Showerette
DW in the DR: The Meltdown
DW in the DR: Final Touches
DW in the DR: The Guys Get Groomed
DW in the DR: The Girls Get Gorgeous
DW in the DR: We MacGyver the Flowers
DW in the DR: I Finally Get to Wear the DWess
DW in the DR: Girls Gone Wild
DW in the DR: The Reveal and Portraits
DW in the DR: We Are Family
DW in the DR: Here Comes the Bride

BLOGGER

Mrs. Sea Breeze

Location:
Vancouver/Dominican Republic
Wedding Date:
November 2014

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  1. Member
    MissStellar 434 posts, Helper bee @ 11:12 am

    awww :)

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:13 am

    Your mother is a-dor-a-ble! :-)

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    Mrs. Mouse 4918 posts, Honey bee @ 11:17 am

    This is so sweet! I totally cried when I watched that video.

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:31 am

    I’m in love with your ceremony of love too!

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    markyk 227 posts, Helper bee @ 11:41 am

    really awesome! so touching really!

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    BeachBrideT 1052 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:50 am

    How amazing!!!!! There aren’t words to describe how wonderful your ceremony seems!

    And can I just say that I heart Mama Sea Breeze. She, and her version of the heart, are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

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    grumpybear722 555 posts, Busy bee @ 11:52 am

    Haven’t watched the video yet but I love the “Are you sure? There are not takesies-backsies”. TOO FUNNY!

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    onion 711 posts, Busy bee @ 11:55 am

    I LOVE it! I was laughing right along with your friends and family and we have never even met. What a thing to treasure.

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    dorsay 2281 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:01 pm

    I love this! Your friend was fantastic :)

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    Elizabeth, Guest @ 12:02 pm

    When I click the video, it says “this video does not exist” Help! I really want to see it!

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    LzzNYC 882 posts, Busy bee @ 12:10 pm

    ahhh I love it!!! I def laughed and cried with your family and friends

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    jennred782 371 posts, Helper bee @ 12:20 pm

    I love the smiles on your parents face after the are you sure. No taksies backsies, ha that is something my dad would say.

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    Ruby Slippers 509 posts, Busy bee @ 12:20 pm

    Aw that was gorgeous! What a great video. I wish we could have had the ceremony done by an awesome friend! – so personal and fun. I love the heart thing so much!

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 12:38 pm

    So amazing, I love your wedding ceremony!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:43 pm

    Aw I love that! Your friend Brian (from what I’ve heard) did an amazing job! What a beautiful gift :)

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    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 12:45 pm

    LOVE it!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:49 pm

    muahaha. no takesies backsies. that’s so awesome. your ceremony brought a gigantor smile to my face. i can’t wait to hear more!

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    candycorn 628 posts, Busy bee @ 1:08 pm

    oh my gosh, mama sea breeze is adorable! and your friend’s speaking voice=fab! he did an amazing job!!

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    TandM 60 posts, Worker bee @ 1:09 pm

    how sweet!

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    powderpuff 882 posts, Busy bee @ 2:27 pm

    How sweet! I love the heart idea. :)

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    purpleHaze79 874 posts, Busy bee @ 2:37 pm

    I love it!

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    Mary, Guest @ 4:51 pm

    Aww! Hey I’m just curious–that woman standing in the blue dress in the background of your video–was she a guest or a resort guest peeking in the ceremony?

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    Jesso 277 posts, Helper bee @ 4:58 pm

    i love it too!!!

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    seabreeze 972 posts, Busy bee @ 6:11 pm

    Thanks everyone. I’ll tell Brian y’all loved it as much as we did. Afterward he confessed to me he was a bit nervous doing it as he wasn’t sure if we’d think if was cool or way too hippy-ish. What a funny guy.

    @Mary: She was a guest. The gazebo is surrounded by a little moat so no non-guests could get close. Though I’m told some did stand around anyway. I didn’t even see them.

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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:29 pm

    I love your video. What a great ceremony!! Your Unofficial Officiant was so funny!!

    PS-My mom loves your mom’s dress and jacket. ;-)

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    PeachandPearl 278 posts, Helper bee @ 7:39 pm

    Still in love with Mama Breezy… so, so cute!

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 2:49 am

    the heart idea is too awesome

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    TiffanyNicole 23 posts, Newbee @ 3:13 am

    awww i love this!!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 7:00 am

    fun and heartwarming — fantastic ceremony!! congrats again!

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    doublemint921 499 posts, Helper bee @ 1:32 pm

    hahaha no takesies backsies! I love it! The video was so special too. I must say I love the added touch at the end where he says to plug your ears when he asks the ever famous “does anyone here think these two should not be married” and adds the going going gone! Such a hoot! I can see why you loved your ceremony the best. It sounds just lovely!!! :) Congrats

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    CJB, Guest @ 3:28 pm

    That is absolutely beautiful! I can’t get enough of how adorable your mom is…she reminds me so much of mine! Where did she get her dress from?

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    seabreeze 972 posts, Busy bee @ 3:44 pm

    @CJB: She’s the cutest. It’s Calvin Klein, from Macy’s.

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    Crash 377 posts, Helper bee @ 6:14 pm

    Aw, he said “it’s nice and Breezy up there”

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    seabreeze 972 posts, Busy bee @ 6:23 pm

    @Crash: Ha ha! I was wondering if anyone would catch that. A happy fluke.

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    mixingmommybride 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:23 pm

    what a wonderful idea… the heart with everyone’s eyes closed is such a cool twist to having your guests say vows as well. Beautiful!!

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    CupCakeMeg 3595 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:16 pm

    May I ask who did your Videography?!!?

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