Three weddings… and a rain storm

Three weddings to talk about this past weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday was an evening wedding of course, the ceremony at 6pm. It was at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, its basically a ski resort, so the views are great. This was a very special couple and I was so happy to be their officiant, and especially happy that they chose a ritual I had never had the opportunity to do before! They chose the “Wine Box” ceremony.

Bear Creek Mt

Bear Creek Mt

the Wine Box Ceremony

the Wine Box Ceremony

The ritual consists of the couple placing two wine glasses and a bottle of wine into a box. Along with that, each wrote a letter to the other explaining the joy and love they feel for one another, and placed them inside as well, and sealed the box. Then, one day, they can open the box and read the letters and drink the wine. This might be on a special occasion, or if they are having any difficulties in their relationship, they can read the letters and remember why they fell in love. It’s a beautiful concept, I think!

To make it even better the groom lovingly built the box himself. And it was truly beautiful. The wedding was outdoors and weather was a little questionable, but it did not rain!

Saturday and Sunday I was at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The couple on Saturday had an afternoon ceremony and again, the weather was not perfect, it was windy, but really beautiful, too. The wind cooled things off and felt magical. They also had a great ritual. Because they love champagne they blended two glasses champagne together into one glass and I must say they really enjoyed drinking it! It symbolized their bubbly personalities, the blending of their two spirits and…. their love of champagne! There were two readers for the ceremony and it was as if they’d just read my blog about readings in ceremonies (just kidding) because the readers were fantastic! They really understood the words and read them with feeling. They even used the microphone effectively. Way to go!

The couple used champagne in the ceremony itself!

The couple used champagne in the ceremony itself!

Sunday was also amazing, but weather, again, a concern. This was a wonderful couple with different faith and cultural traditions. We blended those traditions together by having some Spanish in the ceremony, a Christian reading and the Jewish tradition of the ‘Breaking of the Glass’. But right in the middle of the ceremony the skies opened up and it started to pour. Not softly, but quickly and hard.

Breaking the Glass is a beloved tradition!

Breaking the Glass is a beloved tradition!

I immediately had the couple and the bridal party recess down the aisle and head indoors and cued the guests to follow. After gathering everyone around in the room, I quieted everyone down, said a few words to make everyone feel comfortable and send the message that this was perfectly ok, in fact, it would be quite memorable. And we picked up from there! And you know what? It really was ok. More than ok. It was great.

All and all, a pretty wonderful weekend of weddings!

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