Nov 05, 2011
These are a few- more to come shortly!
Tom's Grooms Cake
Groomsmen and the cake
My Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid
Tom and my sister (MOH)
Two more of the BM's
Group Shot, my dad is all the way to the left
My SIS and neice, AKA the flower girl!
Me and my mom
Me and my sis and BM
BM's with their pillow gifts
The slice of cake
What happens after eating the cake...
Whose got two thumbs and is married? THIS GIRL!
Wedding Bands with E-Ring
From the wedding day
This is my recap...
I woke up around 7am on Saturday November 5th, one of my maids of honor actually slept in the same bed as me in my hotel room :) it was a girls night.
So we got up, showered, separately by the way... and PMNunes picked us up at the hotel. She stood up on the car and shouted "You have 2 options.....1. You can go through with this or 2.... we can make it to Atlantic City in 2 hours." I picked the first option.
All of the girls met up at the salon to get our hair done, I decided to add in a blue extension in my hair as my "something blue". After the hair was done, myself and another BM went back to the hotel to have lunch with some other guests. Two of my other BMs decided to go buy footsie pajamas since I really wanted to have a footie pj party at the after party.
Then we all got our makeup done, then in a blink of an eye I am getting into my dress, I honestly do not know where the time went....
We all get to the venue and at this point I am still not nervous, not a bit. I walked down the aisle and all I could do was smile and I don't even remember anyone being there just him.
During the ceremony we had a ton of plates in the back crash- it was loud and made everyone laugh- I yelled out "opa!" I mean...what else was I suppose to say? Then our singer went up to sing but our DJ started the song too soon and she was a little out of breath BUT she pulled it off.
After that....we went to take pictures outside, which was freezing.... we then realized that we had NO marriage license with us! My husband forgot it at the hotel so someone had to go retrieve it. 2 hours later we were legally married.
The rest of the night went well, the after party was great everyone sung happy birthday to me so that was sweet. Then we just went to bed... we were so tired.
The next day we went off to our honeymoon and I will quickly say this... we went on a cruise to the Bahamas.... we missed one of the private islands due to a hurricane, my husband and I both got a cold on the cruise AND both of our wisdom teeth started coming in during the last two days of our honeymoon so we were in a little pain.....
I feel like the more bumps in the road to a wedding and honeymoon the longer the marriage.
We are having a very non-traditional ceremony. During the ceremony we will have one of our groomsmen cme up and recite a reading. The reading is actually lyrics to a Black Keys song.
Let me be your everlasting light
The sun when there is none
I'm a shepherd for you And I'll guide you through
Let me be your evelasting light
I'll hold and never scold
In me you can confide When no one's by your side
Let me be your everlasting light
Darling, can't you see
I'm shining just for you
Loneliness is over Dark days are through
Let me be your everlasting light
A train going away from pain
Love is the coal That makes this train roll
Let me be your everlasting light
Marriage Application Day!
Waiting to sign
Me and my MOH
Signing my name! Look at FI's smile!
FI handing the clerk $28 for the fee
Taking a picture with the clerk
If life has any meaning to us at all, it possesses it because of love. Love enriches our human experience. It is the reason for the peace in the family and the peace of the peoples of the Earth. A meeting between two beings who are made for each other is a beautiful miracle.
Deanne and Tom's understanding of the true meaning of marriage has resulted from many influences; their families, their friends, and each of their own personal beliefs. What defines Deanne and Tom's love today will change and grow to new depths in the future. It takes three seconds to say I love you, but it can take a lifetime to show it. This ceremony is the celebration of a single stage in a much larger process that is the love between husband and wife. The promises made here today will greatly strengthen their union. They will cross the years and lives of each soul's growth.
Do you seek to begin this ceremony?
Deanne and Tom: Yes we do.
Officiant: The human soul shares characteristics with all things divine. It is this belief which assigns virtues to the cardinal directions; North, South, East and West. Let us offer a traditional blessing in support of this hand-fasting ceremony.
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the East: communication of the heart, mind, and body, fresh beginnings with the rising of each sun, and the knowledge of growth found in the sharing of silence.
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the South: warmth of hearth and home, the heat of the heart's passion and the light created by both to lighten the darkest of times.
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the West: the deep commitments of the lake, the swift excitement of the river, the refreshing cleansing of the rain and the all encompassing passion of the sea.
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the North: firm foundation on which to build, fertility of the fields to enrich your lives, and a stable home to which you may always return.
Deanne and Tom would like me to take a moment to acknowledge in loving memory three very special people who can’t be with us today but who they know are sharing their special day in spirit; Deanne’s grandparents, Catherine and Anthony and Tom’s dad, Val.
In the spirit of the importance of strong friendships and family to a marriage, Deanne and Tom have asked __________ to read a selection of a song that especially resonates with them (name of song).
And they have asked _________ to sing a Glitter in the Air
Oathing Stone Vows
Deanne and Tom will now say their wedding vows to each other using the Celtic tradition of the oathing stone. When you arrived, you were given a stone to hold in your hand during the wedding ceremony. Deanne and Tom chose these stones as symbols of your special relationship, love, good wishes and heartfelt blessings to them. The stones will serve as a lasting reminder of your presence at their wedding and of the special love that they shared on this their special day.
As you hold the blessing stone tightly in your hand, please reflect for a moment your wishes for this couple for love, happiness, prosperity, and unity as they exchange their wedding vows.
Following the ceremony, Deanne and Tom invite you to place the stones with your personal blessing for them as a newly married couple into the special container on the table as you leave the ceremony area.
Do you Tom take Deanne to be your lawfully wedded wife? From this day forward, to have and to hold, forsaking all others, for better or for worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and health, to love and cherish for so long as you both shall live?
Groom: “I do.”
And do you Deanna take Tom to be your lawfully wedded husband? From this day forward, to have and to hold, forsaking all others, for better and for worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and health, to love and cherish for so long as you both shall live?
Bride: “I do.”
Listen to the words of a special Celtic Blessing for the bride and groom:
Above you are the stars, below you are the stones.
As time passes, remember...
Like a star should your love be constant, Like the earth should your love be firm.
Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect
guide you in your marriage,
Let the strength of your wills bind you together,
Let the power of love and desire make you happy
and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable.
Possess one another, yet be understanding.
Have patience with each other,
For storms will come, and they will go quickly,
Forced to dissipate in the light of your love.
Be free in giving of affection and of warmth.
Have no fear, and let not the ways
Or words of the unenlightened give you unease.
For your love is with you,
Now and always!
What token of your devotion do you offer your beloved? (hand rings to officiant)
These two lives are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever they go, may they always return to one another in their togetherness. May these two find in each other the love for which all men and women yearn. May they grow in understanding and in compassion. May the home which they establish together be such a place of sanctuary that many will find there a friend. May these rings, on their fingers, symbolize the touch of the spirit of love in their hearts.
(Minister hands ring to groom)
Tom, in placing this ring on Deanna’s finger, repeat after me:
"I give you this ring as pledge of my love, and as the symbol of our unity.
Deanne, in placing this ring on Tom’s finger, repeat after me:
"I give you this ring as the pledge of my love and as the symbol of our unity.
Marriage is a coming together of two lives, and a celebration of the love of two people. But it is more. The love that Deanne and Tom feel for one another is the flowering of a seed their parents planted in their hearts years ago. As they embrace one another in their love, so do they embrace the families, which have been brought together on this happy occasion. As a token of their love for their families, Deanne and Tom would like to offer these symbols of eternal love, these roses, to their mothers _______ and ________ and to Aunt Joan.
You have declared before all of us that you will live together in marriage. You have made special promises to each other, which have been symbolized by the joining of hands, taking of vows and giving and receiving of two rings
By the authority vested in me in the State of New Jersey, I now pronounce you to be husband and wife.
Deanne and Tom, you may seal your promises with an embrace and a kiss.
Deanne and Tom, never forget the beginning of your love for one another, take care of it, nurture it, and allow it to grow strong and firm in the years that are to come. Always concentrate on making each other feel happy and secure in your commitment to one another. Always rely on your ability to keep the promises you have made to one another today and always love one another.
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you Mr. and Mrs. last name.