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.
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.
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.
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:
Looking around at everyone with their eyes closed and hearts held high is a moment and a feeling I will treasure forever.
I think Mama Sea Breeze’s um, ‘version’ of the heart is the absolute cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
And thus, surrounded by a love that was grand and wonderful and palpable, we got ready to say our vows.
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