This post is Part IV of my series I’m calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series!
One of the wedding details that I saved till pretty late in the game because it terrified me was our ceremony. My uncle had graciously offered to become ordained online with the Universal Life Church (and got a kick out of asking everyone to address him as “Rev” for the wedding week) and perform our ceremony, but that meant Adam and I still had to write it.
To do so I took to the internet. Mainly A Practical Wedding. The most helpful item I located broke down the order of various types of ceremonies, which was helpful to me because without it I might have said “I Do” right out the gate and then had my Uncle explain the “Story of Us” and THEN the bridesmaids would have walked down the aisle.
With my task at hand I wrote our ceremony. I wanted to incorporate the story of Adam and I, our journey from Seattle to Olympia, Olympia to Alaska, Alaska to Chicago, I wanted there to be a reading, but I wanted it to reflect our relationship, not simply be a poem we had no connection to, or something everyone has heard before at a wedding. I wanted us to read something to each other we’d written, but knew we didn’t want to write and read our own vows, and I wanted humor. Because for us to stand there and not have a little humor wouldn’t have been us, you know? It would have been an impostor couple.
So I wrote, and I wrote, and finally I had it.
One night Adam and I sat in the living room and he read my work. We made adjustments, remove this, add this, and suddenly it was done. It was short, sweet, us with a touch of humor. We emailed it to my uncle and it was settled. We knew how we’d be married.
And if you’re curious how that whole thing turned out, well why don’t you enjoy our ceremony below. Thank you to our friends and family for using our handheld cameras from WedIt to film every second of our ceremony. Details later on this awesome company.
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Bride entrance, “You and Me” by Dave Mathews Band
Wedding Party exit, “Thank You” by The Whigs
This is part of a series I’m calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series!