March 20, 2013

Wedding || Ceremony

I honestly have to say that our wedding ceremony went by so quickly - it seems as if one second I was heartbroken that it was raining at ceremony time and the next we were already back at the house being introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Thankfully I have these wonderful pictures from our photographers as well as some great candid shots from our friends and family. 

Jason and Jesse {Best Man} were first, followed by the two groomsmen {Jason's brothers}, Kyle, who escorted Grandma Helen, and Shane, who escorted Jason's mother.

My Uncle Chris and Aunt Diana {my godparents} were part of the processional, as well. My Uncle Steve escorted my mom. It was his second time escorting a mother of the bride this year - he walked my Aunt Lynette down the aisle at my cousin Christine's gorgeous Savannah wedding last April. 
]Andrea {Matron of Honor} and Anna {Maid of Honor} did their processional alone. Partly because we had an uneven number in our wedding party, but mostly because I wanted my bridesmaids to have their moment and feel beautiful and special.  I've always adored the non-escorted bridesmaid processional. These ladies deserved it!

At the end of the ceremony everyone walked down to the water's edge for a seashell blessing. Nikki {Jason's sister} was kind enough to hand out shells to everyone as they walked down to the beach for the ceremony. Here is what Bonnie {our officiant} read:Each of you hold a gift from the sea; a Sea Shell that is just as exceptional and special as yourself. As you embrace this shell, we ask that you bless it with intentions of love and wishes for Courtney & Jason and all of mankind. When you toss it back into the sea the blessings you have bestowed upon it will eventually come back into someone else’s hands. So as we cast our shells know that each ripple represents an act of love, kindness & gratitude for each other throughout our daily walk in this beautiful life we all share.
And that was it! I couldn't believe how quickly it went by. I'm thankful to have all of these pictures to help me remember everything about our wonderful ceremony. When brides say their wedding day went by too quickly, I absolutely (and unfortunately) agree!


2 comments :

  1. Beautiful wedding photos! It rained the day of my beach wedding and that really killed my stomach for the rest of the day! It stinks to plan every detail and then have the one thing you can't plan -- weather -- think it can show up and screw up your big day. As if! :) Beautiful! I'm a new reader -- trying to get back on the blog wagon after a year hiatus.

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  2. I just love this!! And I love re-living weddings :)

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