Unity Candle at dusk….

There is indeed a time and a place for everything.

I don’t have many rules about the wedding ceremonies I create, really almost none. But one thing I do feel strongly about is that lighting a unity candle out doors usually doesn’t work. It doesn’t even look that good either. There are many alternative symbolic rituals for out door weddings.

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But at a wedding this past weekend, at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn, we did just that – and it work out just fabulous! The ceremony began at 4:30 – and it was outside, but under the pavilion at Lawnhaven and the weather was just fine. As the sun went down the couple lit their unity candle, and as it was growing dark it really did shine. Great symbolism. Candles in the middle of the day don’t look nearly as good.

I felt pretty confident they could light them because we weren’t exactly outdoors, we were under roof with people all around and no wind that day. However, I had prepared (in my mind) what I would say if the couple couldn’t get them lit, but somehow I knew I wouldn’t need those words.

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The décor felt just right, with lots of twigs and candles, it really captured the feeling of the season. In fact, I think I’ll try collecting a few things from the woods and see if I can create an autumnal look for Thanksgiving myself, taking a page from the professionals and bring a bit of nature indoors.


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