Wedding Shots: Ceremony Details

Incoming: the next few weeks my “Wedding Wednesdays” will be featuring none other than OUR WEDDING PICTURES! I was beyond excited to find the adorable rose gold flash drive in our mailbox this past Friday from our amazing photographer Staci of Dear Olive Photography. Over 500 images captured our wedding day beautifully, and, yes, some tears may have been shed.

Now I’m not going to share every. single. photo. But I am going to share a few highlights of the day including our ceremony details, bridal party portraits, couple portraits, and reception details. I am so in love with these pictures, and am excited to share them with the blogging world. I hope you enjoy the next few weeks!

G and I fell in love with each of our rings upon first viewing. As someone who wears jewelry every day for work, I have a bit of OCD when it comes to matching metals. I like to wear all gold or all silver, and only mix when necessary. So I chose mixed metal rings so I would always match no matter what necklace/earring/etc choice I make. My engagement ring is platinum and my wedding band is rose gold. I plan to get another rose gold band for above my engagement ring in honor of my first child. G’s ring is rose gold as well with a tungsten carbide center. He chose the rose gold due to its uniqueness, and it just so happened to match mine as well!

Our main decorations were candles at both the ceremony and reception. Otherwise, I kept things as simple as possible. The candles were all mix matched in styles and heights. For the guestbook table, I used a wooden trough I found antiquing for our programs, and a galvanized “S” given as a gift. The church had a hydrangea arrangement downstairs I was able to borrow. Our friend drew a beautiful chalk board welcome sign. We wanted the aesthetics of the day to be downplayed as the ceremony itself was the most important part, so we kept everything effortless and rustic.

Inside the sanctuary, I kept the woodsy/outdoorsy feel. My cousin had a few cherry trees needing removed on their farm, so my dad went and cut ten logs about two-feet tall. The logs were weathered and mossy, and were so beautiful for acting as runners of the aisle. I printed snippets of 1 Corinthians 13 and rested them against the logs so the passages were read as you walked to your seats:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

The last phrase, “Love never fails.” sat at the altar where our tree ceremony was set. (You can find out more about our tree ceremony here.) A rose gold sequin runner lay across the altar under our little evergreen, and other pops of pink were found in scattered bouquets placed along the aisle.

Ugh. I adore that smile G gave me when our eyes first met when I began my walk down the aisle.

And then about twenty minutes later…

… we were officially Mr. and Mrs. G.

Next week I’ll be sharing a few more, but until then, friends, 

#Inspiration: Ceremony Aesthetics

Though I absolutely love writing, I know my last few posts have been very word-heavy. So! To move into a more eye-pleasing post, let’s go to another #Inspiration board, eh?

Today’s topic is on our ceremony decor and ritual. I have been going back and forth on ideas for decor at the ceremony, which is in our church, and finally made a decision on what I want to do. With us running towards the end of our budget, I have no plans to make anymore big purchases so I’m relying on my thriftiness to put the final touches together.

G and I take our faith very serious. Our marriage is founded on our beliefs and we met through our Bible study group. As we were doing one of our book studies together (we’re currently reading From Me to We by Lucille Williams) a passage from the Love Chapter of the Bible — 1 Corinthians 13 — popped up. Not a new passage to the two of us, but we both liked the reminder of the verses on what Love means. Then before I fell asleep I was cruising Pinterest and happened to have this picture pop up on my feed:

And I was sold.

My plan is to use picture frames and personally created images to recreate this look. I’m going to make a total of 9 signs, each with a different characteristic of Love, and hang them from the rows. Beneath them will be a tree stump (a staple for all our wedding decor), a jar with a candle, and some flower petals. Simple, clean, and rich in scripture.

I am also debating on using baby’s breath for some extra texture. If I purchase a few stems on Saturday morning from a local grocery store they won’t be a large expense and may add a bit more to the romance of the set up.

What do you guys think?

Other than the sanctuary’s decor, the biggest piece of decor I need to be concerned about is our mid-ceremony ritual: a tree planting ceremony.

A tree planting ceremony is just like a unity candle and unity sand ceremony. It symbolizes the joining of two individuals. A table is set up near the altar where a potted sapling sits. Two containers of dirt, sometimes two trowels, and a water can are also on the table. During the ceremony, the couple will each add one of the containers of dirt and then proceed to water the tree together. The couple can then plant the tree at their home following the wedding to symbolize putting down roots, longevity, and strength into their marriage, as well as growing their family tree.

For G and I, we plan to use a lot of symbolism in our tree ceremony. The basket we will use as a planter was given to us by G’s grandmother during my bridal shower. The dirt, contained in two jars, is from G’s hometown in Indiana and my parent’s property in Michigan. The water is out of Lake Michigan representing our current home and our first date location which was a hike along the lake’s shore. The tree sapling we have chosen is an evergreen — a symbol of wisdom, longevity, and fertility. The sapling came from my maternal grandmother’s property.

All in all, the entire ritual includes many years from our pasts and provides a symbol for nurturing and growth of our future. I am in love with this whole concept! Not to mention it falls perfectly into place for our rustic themed wedding.

This is the verbiage we’re leaning towards for our officiant during the ceremony as well:

A and G will now take part in a Tree Planting Ceremony, to symbolize the roots of their relationship, and the continued growth of their love, as they become each others family today.

Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Love enriches our experience, and fills our lives with meaning. It gives us a firm base from which to grow, to learn, and change.

Let your relationship and your love for each other be like this tree you plant today. Let it grow tall and strong. Let it stand tall during the harsh winds and rains and storms, and come through unscathed. Like a tree, your marriage must be resilient. It must weather the challenges of daily life and the passage of time. And just like the tree you are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment.

With all of these ideas, I don’t think I need anything more. We want to keep the church simple for clean-up following the ceremony so our loved ones can enjoy the reception. Can you think of anything necessary to include? I’d love to hear any additional ideas which I may not have thought of since ceremonies were rare when it came to my wedding coordinating career. Please feel free to comment below or send me a DM at @uncorkingpeonies on Instagram.

Until next time,