Linked with Love: The Ceremony

Now, on to the part where we become husband and wife (again). Prior to our wedding, Mr. Bracelet and I had discussed with our pastor what we wanted our ceremony to be like. Pastor W knows all the ins and outs, so we felt comfortable leaving the details up to him.

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Pastor W welcoming our guests

As a little reminder for the flow of our ceremony, here’s a copy of our programs that the groomsmen handed out as guests arrived for the ceremony:

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Order of events: Prelude / Processional / Welcome / Declaration of Intent / Presentation of the Bride / Song to the Bride / Exchange of Vows and Rings / Prayer / Benediction / Presentation / Recessional

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We had our flower girl and ring bearer stand up with us during the opening remarks, then sit down with their parents. We didn’t want our little ones to get impatient, run around, or melt down—our pastor told us about several “interesting” ceremonies he has experienced. They behaved like perfect angels.

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If you took a closer look at our programs, you might have noticed the absence of music throughout our ceremony. With guests from many different church traditions and countries (including different languages), we opted not to sing with our guests (despite having a harpist on hand). Instead, we planned something special.

Mr. Bracelet is a trained tenor and I love to hear him sing. Most of our guests knew of his talent, but had never seen (heard) him in action. When I first suggested that Mr. B sing at the ceremony he wasn’t convinced, but Pastor W encouraged him. Mr. Bracelet chose to sing “Till There Was You” from the musical The Music Man.

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There were bells on the hill

But I never heard them ringing,

No, I never heard them at all

Till there was you.

There were birds in the sky

But I never saw them winging

No, I never saw them at all

Till there was you.

And there was music,

And there were wonderful roses,

They tell me,

In sweet fragrant meadows of dawn, and dew.

There was love all around

But I never heard it singing

No, I never heard it at all

Till there was you!”

{guest video}

Please excuse the background noise—getting married next to a babbling stream adds to the ambiance, but also adds considerably to the noise level on video. In person it was only a pleasant murmur.

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After Mr. Bracelet finished his song, I handed my bouquet to my MOH R. In the debate over what to do with the bride’s bouquet, she decided to hold my bouquet and pass hers on to BM K.

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Our traditional vows were directly followed by the exchange of our rings.

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MOH R handing Pastor W Mr. Bracelet’s ring

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Mr. Bracelet slipping on my ring

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Mr. Bracelet slipping on his ring (I tried)

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I just absolutely love the scenery—so lucky to hit peak foliage season.

Our vows were followed by a benediction (similar to a prayer) by our minister. He concluded his remarks with a huge smile to Mr. Bracelet and everyone’s favorite ceremony part:

You may kiss the bride.”

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What personal touches are you adding to your ceremony? For those already married, what did you like best about your ceremony?

All photos by Legacy Photo + Design unless otherwise noted.

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Mrs. Bracelet

Location:
Frankfurt, Germany/Rapid City, SD
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 11:31 am

    Wow these are amazing! Those gorgeous fall colors and the softness of your gown and veil. Really beautiful! Your husband has an amazing voice too! How special to have him sing to you during the ceremony!!

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    spotted_giraffe 312 posts, Helper bee @ 12:37 pm

    I love that song! So very sweet, and your ceremony space is breathtaking. And I absolutely cannot tire of your wedding dress and veil, so very perfect.

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 1:16 pm

    Your ceremony is beautiful! And the photos capture the love so well. Gorgeous, Mrs. B!

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    gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:18 pm

    Oh, the singing! It’s so beautiful..what a lovely memory for you both :)

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    missgoldfish 453 posts, Helper bee @ 6:34 pm

    The singing was beautiful! You’re such a lucky girl! Love all the trees and scenery in your photos.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:16 pm

    Mr. B has such a great voice, what a wonderful moment for your ceremony!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:22 pm

    Your hubby is so talented! What a nice touch.

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    gotsolt 25 posts, Newbee @ 9:11 am

    I love that song!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:41 pm

    I got goosebumps watching the video of Mr. Bracelet singing to you, you can just feel the love radiating from his eyes! What a lovely memory that you get to share! I’ve always loved that song, wonderful choice.

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    futuremrsdino 73 posts, Worker bee @ 7:14 am

    Absolutely beautiful. Your hubbie has an amazing voice. The setting…everything…just perfect! :)

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