It’s Friday…I’m in Love!: Tyin’ the Knot, Part 2

A more recent addition to traditional wedding ceremonies is the inclusion of a moment that represents two families becoming one. After lots of research, we decided that unity candles and sand-mixing ceremonies weren’t really us. They also required us to set up an extra table, which would have blocked the view of the pond at our ceremony site and ultimately distracted from the outdoor feeling we were going for. Eventually we stumbled upon a “knot-tying ceremony” while browsing through countless wedding blogs. We never found any wording to accompany this kind of ceremony, so we decided to write it ourselves.

Our knot-tying ceremony immediately followed our family blessing. Our mothers handed us each a rope so that we could work together to tie a fisherman’s knot. And then they did something completely unplanned that makes me cry when I look at these photos…they came together and embraced.

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Our pastor then explained what we were about to do by saying some variation of these words:

To represent the uniting of two families through this marriage, Mr. O and Mrs. O

have chosen to work together to tie a triple fisherman’s knot.

This knot, also known as a lovers’ knot, is tied by creating two individual knots

that are then pulled together to create a stronger bond than they would alone.

During this portion of the ceremony we played Ben Harper’s “Forever.”

So give me your forever,

Please your forever

Not a day less will do

From you

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At the end of the ceremony our officiant asked us to do something a little nontraditional. We addressed the crowd as we were introduced for the first time as husband and wife…

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And then we sealed the deal with a kiss! It was pretty much perfect, especially considering that at this moment our recessional song, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” faded in.

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And seriously…I can’t even believe that I was ever concerned about rain. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day!

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Up next…Our first photos as a married couple!

Miss a recap?

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!: Our Rehearsal Party

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!: Miss O Gets Ready

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!: Miss O Becomes a Bride!

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!: Our First Look

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!: My Handsome Groom

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!: Opossum Family Photos, Part 1

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!: Opossum Family Photos, Part 2

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!: Walking Down the Aisle

It’s Friday…I’m in Love!:Tyin’ the Knot, Part 1

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Mrs. Opossum

Location:
Tallahassee
Wedding Date:
April 2012

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  1. Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 2:59 pm

    The light in these photos is so glowy and wonderful!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:24 pm

    I love the knot idea, my sister is going to do something similar.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:54 pm

    Beautiful, I love the wording you came up with for your knot ceremony! And, those pictures of your moms hugging is just too perfect.

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:15 pm

    Oh … these are SO beautiful! You guys look so cute tying that knot!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:24 pm

    I teared up with the moms picture, so sweet.

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    porcupine 633 posts, Busy bee @ 6:51 pm

    I love your photos! They are so ethereal and glowy.

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    coyote 1674 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:53 pm

    What a beautiful, beautiful ceremony O! I never really hear about the knot tying ceremony, but I think it is such a great addition. And I really like the wording you chose!

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    sugarbox 226 posts, Helper bee @ 7:02 pm

    Wow,you’re so beautiful,i love your wedding dress.

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 6:22 am

    So gorgeous! Your photographer grabbed such beautiful light and makes the pictures look sort of magical. What a gorgeous tree to get married under!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:26 pm

    Wow what a glorious day you had! Your first kiss as husband and wife is so loving! Awww!

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    opossum 84 posts, Worker bee @ 11:35 am

    Thanks everyone! Our photographers were AWESOME. I feel like our photos really just look like how the day felt. :)

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    Sa0306 122 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:14 pm

    Such beautiful pictures. Congratulations!

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    Becca, Guest @ 12:10 pm

    I’m planning on tying the knot as well. Any tips? How long we’re your pieces of rope?

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    opossum 84 posts, Worker bee @ 6:52 pm

    Hi Becca!

    My biggest tip for a knot tying ceremony is to buy the rope and practice before hand! We cut several pieces to see what worked the best and the practiced a ton (it totally paid off, too).

    Hope that helps!

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    opossum 84 posts, Worker bee @ 6:53 pm

    @Becca: Sorry, forgot to his reply… see my comment below yours. :)

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