For those of us who may be DIY-inclined, it can be hard to reign ourselves in. Should we though? What about flowers? Are wedding flowers on the OK-to-do-myself list, or are they strictly for professionals? … read more
There are some things that you just can’t plan for on your wedding day. The florist can bring the wrong colored flowers; the food may be served late; and there’s a solid chance that someone in your bridal party will get too drunk and say something you really wish they didn’t. … read more
The look in the groom’s eyes as he watches the love of his life walk into the room can be magical. It’s as if the world stops for just a second. There is no question that capturing this look is favorite to most photographers. The biggest question is actually when to capture this look. … read more
Planning a rustic autumn wedding can be exciting. The fall season is adored by many, after all. The crisp air, the changing leaves… what’s not to love? And if your big day is set for this time of the year, there’s a good chance your wedding décor will be inspired by fall’s iconic features. … read more
You heard it right. You can make your own wedding ring pillow for your big day. I’m so excited about this project because I really feel it’s something that takes minimal effort but produces grand results. I kept mine pretty simple, and it still turned out neat! … read more
Way, way back in February, Mr. Feather and I spent a sunny afternoon walking around Volunteer Park looking for the perfect spot to put our ceremony. We found a few options, but none of them felt quite right, so we decided to put that decision on the back burner and take another walk through the park in the spring.
Thankfully, our photographer Angela has a much better eye for this sort of thing than we do. Last week, we met her at the park to search for a spot that was interesting to look at, shady, and away from the heavy bus/car traffic on a nearby road. It only took us about 15 minutes of wandering (not counting in the time we spent staring at some newly hatched ducklings!) to find this little grove of trees.
Looking from where our guests will sit toward where Mr. Feather and I will stand // Personal photo
After you’ve dropped a pretty penny on your wedding rings, purchasing a holder for the ceremony may be one of the last things you’ll want to do. Fortunately, giving your rings a home doesn’t have to be another big wedding expense. A simple mason jar lid can be transformed into a darling holder made to suit your wedding’s theme. The trick is to completely cover up the lid, dressing it up in rustic embellishments and elements. You can even use leftovers from past projects, making this DIY extremely budget-friendly. Showing off your rings has never been so easy.
After the vows were made, the rings were exchanged, and the prayers were said, there was only one last thing to do.
Our officiant, Sandy Queen, told us that her favorite moment in any wedding ceremony is the brief moment before she pronounces a couple married. And indeed, on our wedding night, Sandy looked at the two of us and whispered, “Are you ready?” Because once she said the words, our lives would never be the same.
Following Officiant Sandy Queen’s address, we went right into the consecration, having chosen one of the more common readings I’ve seen floating around. It wasn’t the most original, but it spoke to us.
Mr. and Ms. Puffer, please face each other and hold hands so that you may see the gift that they are to you. These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other all the days of your life.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
I’ve gone back and forth on how much detail about our ceremony I wanted to include, especially because ours was so traditional. (Twenty minutes, vows, rings, candle-lighting, kiss, and done.) But even though we stuck with pretty traditional readings, we did spend a lot of time cobbling it together with Officiant Sandy Queen’s guidance. And as Puff pointed out to me, the ceremony was the WHOLE DAMN REASON we had the wedding in the first place.
So here it is, in all its lengthy glory—or at least, divided into a few posts, for sanity’s sake.
After my folks took their seats, Sandy greeted the guests.