One of the best things Kevin and I offer our clients is a full-day wedding, from getting ready in the morning all the way to dancing late at night. Jane and Paul, however, found us through an auction fundraiser where we donated a two-hour photography session which Jane's mother purchased. They decided to use it for their wedding ceremony, giving Kevin and I the unique opportunity to focus solely on this most important part of the wedding day.
Jane and Paul's family-oriented ceremony checked many of the "non-traditional" boxes, like a unique processional, two officiants (one from each side of the family), blankets instead of chairs for guests, and an emphasis on the group over the individual. From the moment Kevin and I arrived, we understood that it was all about nurturing the strong relationships they had developed with dear family and friends. Jane and Paul had a beautiful community of loved ones who seemed deeply invested in their commitment to each other.
The lush gardens were designed and grown by Paul and Jane themselves (amazing!) and served as the setting for the day. The couple spread blankets across bright green lawns facing a wooden arch decorated with bright sunflowers. Their cheerful airstream held up brightly-colored flags framed by wildflowers, vegetable stalks, and little paths meandering around the property. Everywhere you looked there were carefully tended happy plants in greenhouses, around borders, and trailing up fences.
Our favorite part was the processional. Both sides of the family surrounded either Jane or Paul in separate areas of the property, holding long wooden poles with specific, decorative markings and ribbons. When the musicians played (I believe the song was "Sexual Healing," although I was laughing pretty hard and might be remembering it incorrectly), the family groups moved toward the arch, dancing and waving their ribbons. Jane and Paul were lovingly and joyfully united under the arch, the wooden poles placed into the earth, creating a feeling of family unity, solidity, and blessings.
Congratulations, Paul & Jane!