Two Wheels Become One: Tying the Knot

Our priest started off our ceremony with an opening prayer and a speech about how our decision to get married was a “gutsy move,” a “huge act of faith,” and “a bad case of the warm fuzzies.” I can’t/don’t want to transcribe his whole speech, but he basically just said we wouldn’t be here without being taught by our friends and families how to love, and that we had no idea what was in store for us in the future (because we are young, naive, and stupid, basically—again, I’m paraphrasing). You can hear this poignant speech in our video if you so desire. We had Mr. Unicycle’s brother/best man do the first reading, then there was a responsorial psalm, and then my cousin did the second reading. Next was the gospel and homily. We don’t have a written copy of the ceremony, and out wedding video is edited so I can’t provide a word-for-word script, but that would be boring anyway. We didn’t get to choose most of what was said; we chose from a few options for readings, but that was it. Instead, enjoy the pics!


Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Our guests looked solemn/bored.


Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Our piano man played on!


Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

More solemnity!


Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

I did gank the wording for the vows and statement of intent from our video for you:

Priest: Have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

Unicycles: I have.

Priest: Will you love each other as husband and wife for the rest of your lives?

Unicycles: I will.

Priest: Will you accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his church?

Unicycles: I will [but hopefully not for a loooooooong time].


Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Next, we exchanged vows.

Priest: Do you, Chris, take Karisa to be your wife? Do you promise to be true to her in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health? Will you love her and honor her all the days of your life?

Mr. Unicycle: I will.

Priest: Karisa, will you take Chris to be your husband, promise to be true to him in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health? Will you love him and honor him all the days of your life?

Mrs. Unicycle: I will.

Up next, we finish up the ceremony and I get pissy.

Do you think our decision to get married was a bad case of the warm fuzzies?


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    Guest, Guest @ 1:17 pm

    I think that was kind of rude of him but I am thinking he didnt mean it that way and just didnt say it how he meant to say it.

    On a side note can anyone tell me what happened to Mrs. Bat? I was really enjoying reading her posts and was looking forward to seeing everything all put together. I saw that someone posted some rude things on her last blog and now I cannot seem to find any of her blog posts. Is she still a bee? Does anyone know if she blogs about her wedding somehere else?

    Sorry that I used your wall for the last question. I hope you don’t mind. I have been following your posts as well and I am just as nervouse about walking down the isle infront of so many people. I only hope that I can keep it together when the day comes.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 1:52 pm

    Miss Bat is out/ off the Bee probably because people were terrible to her about her Disney-themed wedding.

    Mrs. Unicycle, you did NOT seem to enjoy your ceremony very much, did you?!! Between the crying, the snarky priest and the “bored” guests…awww! Did you not want to get married in a church?

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    kaepo1, Guest @ 2:58 pm

    people looked like this at our very short ceremony! I think most were just wanting to get through the ceremony to get to the drinks/dancing at the reception! You guys looked beautiful though!

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    lovebirds08 320 posts, Helper bee @ 5:20 pm

    @lealorali: poor miss bat :(

    I love these traditional ceremonies!

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    Leah, Guest @ 5:22 pm

    Honestly, you do seem pretty miserable about the whole wedding, so maybe the priest was following your lead?

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:31 pm

    what a beautiful ceremony.

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 6:04 pm

    In spite of your nervousness, you were a radiant, beautiful bride. Thanks for your honest recounting of what is a very stressful day for many brides; you’re not the only one feeling that wa and it’s so refreshing that you can write about it.

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 7:23 pm

    I think your priest was just trying to be ‘funny’ –or maybe try to connect with his audience in his speech?? He probably could tell how nervous you were and was trying to inject a little humour to relax you guys. And no, I don’t think your decision to get married was a bad case of the warm fuzzies…it’s definitely true love! :-)

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 5:17 am

    Actually, a wedding I was at recently the priest acted the same way. Almost patronizing. I thought it was weird because the bride and groom were in their late 20’s!

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:26 am

    Dude, peeps – chill out! Unicycle is just injecting some humor and sarcasm into her ceremony post. I know that its hard to look super excited/stoked during a mass :)

    Looks like a lovely ceremony, U! and I must say, I have greatly been enjoying your recaps.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 7:56 am

    Although I don’t agree with your priest about being a bit young to get married, I couldn’t help but laugh at the “bad case of warm fuzzies” phrase!

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    Dcgirl655, Guest @ 8:47 am

    I love your sense of humor!!!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:22 pm

    Your pastor sounds either awkward or hilarious. Either way, kudos to you for having a wonderful sense of humor about it!

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    luna31 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:49 pm

    Love your comment about waiting for a looong time for kids. I did the full Catholic wedding Mass too. When it came time for us to answer that question we said yes and meant it. At the moment we said it, one of ours guests toddler yelled out something. I think it was “where is Buzz Lightyear?”

    Glad your priest injected some humor. It helps things be more memorable.

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    reliphd, Guest @ 4:33 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your posts. Thanks for all the sassy and sacrcastic humor, Mrs. Unicycle!!

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    Kristy, Guest @ 9:41 pm

    I think you look soooo beautiful! I love your dress, veil and hair. Gorgeous bride.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:58 am

    Wow, I love that photo of all your guests from above. Gorgeous!

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    Reeniero 939 posts, Busy bee @ 7:59 am

    Unicycle, I love your recaps! You’re sassy and hilarious and I love it!

    (Just wanted to throw some love out there. The blog comments have been uber-snarky lately.)

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    Schneewittli 56 posts, Worker bee @ 9:13 am

    Mrs. Unicycle, you’re just too funny! I love your recaps (just like I loved your posts) and your sense of humor!

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:08 am

    I just love Catholic weddings (most people don’t!) but I do and I love the vows (even if they are written for you). They are simple and to the point but lovely. I still repeat them to my husband often.

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