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by Robert Fulghum
"You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife "
“Marriage is a commitment to life, to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal; a joining that is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger; even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life. When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.”Ephesians 5:25 -5:28-31 The Hands Ceremony I would like for Jim's mom to read (turn to each other and clasp hands) These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams. These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch. Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realized. God, bless these hands that you see before you this day. May they always be held by one another.
For wedding ceremonies, the flower girl is perhaps the sweetest all over the guests. They are
usually first to march down, it is a perfect opportunity to steal the spotlight for a while and notice
how gorgeous she is, as she captures the hearts of the attendees walking on the aisle with her
fairytale attire. The style must be the matched to the color to the motif of the occasion, rather
than a stylish dress that doesn’t appropriate to the said theme color.
Just because the gown or the dress is for children it doesn’t necessary mean that it has to be
cheap and vague. And also doesn’t mean that attention shouldn't be paid to the details that make
the dress beautiful.
So the question is how will you select the perfect gown for her?
• It must be comfortable
There are gowns or flower dresses that although the color is perfect or perhaps she looks perfect,
she is not comfortable wearing it. This will also reflect with her face as she walks down the aisle
and everyone will notice. Always be reminded that she is a child.
• Color or Shade
A flower girl's dress should be always harmonized with the theme or the motif of the occasion.
The effective way to coordinate the theme is to choose colors that compliment each other.
Although it seems that it is not stylish to have the entire bridal party wears the exact same color,
it could b stylish if you cleverly combined colors to be more artistic.
If the issue here is all about money, if possible spend a bit more the fabric that she’ll be wearing.
There are cheap fabrics that are itchy and your little angel might be easily annoyed with that
resulting discomfort. So make sure that you choose the right fabric for her.
When choosing a flower girl dresses nz remember that little girls like to feel like princesses in their dresses.
Always keep in mind the feeling of you child if she is comfortable wearing it or not. Be concern about how she
feels and not other think about the dress. When choosing your flower
girl’s dress, do not forget to match the accent of her hair.
Flower girls add a bit of cute touches in the occasion. Whatever kind of style you want to choose,
avoid your flower girl look too sophisticated. Let your child have fun with the occasion let her
enjoy wearing a princess dress like she always dreams.
By: Caroline Drake
French Macarons are such beautiful cookies, and can make a huge impression. Macarons, however, can also be so expensive for just one little cookie! With a little practice, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost of buying them! They are a perfect parting gift at a wedding, or a beautiful centerpiece at a bridal shower.
(adapted from Les Petis Macarons book)
*This recipe is great for sea level, if you are over 4,500 ft, then you may have to adjust the recipe.
You will need: Kitchen scale, stand mixer, sifter, food processer
Ingredients for 30 1 1/2 inch macarons:
1 1/4 packed cups (165 grams) almond flour
Pinch of fine sea salt
3/4 packed cup (165 grams) confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup water (57 grams)
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) cream of tartar
1/2 cup (115 grams) aged egg whites (*place egg whites in bowl, loosely cover with plastic wrap overnight in fridge)
4 drops gel or 6 drops food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Measure and pulse almond flour, salt, and confectioner's sugar in the bowl of a food processor 4 times for 4 seconds each time. Next, sift the same ingredients onto some wax paper. This will help the macaron have a nice smooth top.
Place egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a stand mixer with a wire whisk attachment. Begin to whisk the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form.
Meanwhile, heat the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup (57 grams) of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and cook without stirring until the sugar reaches a soft ball stage 235 degrees F.
Once the sugar water mixture has reached the soft ball stage immediately pour it slowly down the side of the mixer bowl into the egg whites, at a medium speed.
Continue whisking until the meringue forms medium peaks and is lukewarm and glossy, about 4 minutes. Be sure not to over mix, as it causes cracking later.
Fold the meringue into the dry ingredients until you reach the unique macaronage stage. When the ingredients almost seem incorporated, add the food coloring if you wish to use it.
Fold the components just enough, but not too much or the macarons will crack. Once the ingredients are combined, lift some of the mixture about 1 inch above the bowl with the spatula. If it retains a three-dimensional shape, fold it again. When folded just enough, the mixture should fall right back into the bowl, with no stiffness, in one continuous, lava-like drip.
Pipe the macarons using a piping bag, and a 1/2 inch (2A) tip. Pipe them into 1 1/2 inch circles onto a silicon or parchment lined baking sheet.
Once the macarons are piped, slam the baking sheet down to remove excess air (slam 6 times from 6 inches above the table).
Bake the macarons for 15 minutes (until the skin forms at 200 degrees F), and then raise the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees for an additional 10-11 minutes, until the macarons just come off the baking sheet when you lift them from both ends (the centers will have risen, and will not have any dark indentations). If the macarons darken too quickly, place a wooden spoon in the door of the oven to prop it slightly open.
Place on a cooling rack, and cool completely before filling.
Place the macarons out by two half shells roughly the same size and shape.
Pipe your favorite filling (simple buttercream shown here) in the center of the flat side of the cookie. Don't pipe the frosting all the way to the outer edge, stop just before so it won't flow over the edge.
Place the top of the cookie over the filling, then give it a little half twist. Allow the filling to set.
Place them out in boxes for your guests to bring home as favors. Macarons freeze well, so you can wrap them in plastic, and freeze the shells. Certain fillings freeze well too, so it's possible to make the complete cookies far in advance. These beauties will make a big statement.