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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
Our traditional vows were directly followed by the exchange of our rings.
MOH R handing Pastor W Mr. Bracelet’s ring
Mr. Bracelet slipping on my ring
Mr. Bracelet slipping on his ring (I tried)
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.”
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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