Weekend report….

So much to talk about from this weekend. October is a beautiful but unpredictable month for weddings. After the big rain storm I know more than a few brides were concerned about their weekend outdoor weddings; but by Friday night all was well.

Lucas groom - Lucas wine

Lucas groom - Lucas wine

So Friday evening found me at Mountain Springs Lake Resort in Reeders, one of the Poconos most amazing hidden treasures. I officiated for a lovely couple, Sara and Lucas. They participated in a wine sharing ritual during their ceremony, which was special not only because they love wine, but had a ‘Lucas’ wine from one of their trips to wine country. How could they resist using the wine with the name of the groom for their ritual?

Saturday I was again at MSL for a fabulous couple, Ranj and R.J. and our ceremony incorporated bits of their different traditions. R.J.’s family comes from Eastern Europe originally and Ranj is first generation from India. A few of the women wore saris, which are so beautiful. I have always loved them.  They had another great ritual – they did the wine box ceremony. This is where you place wine, glasses and letters the couple writes  to one another into a box and seal it up. The box is to be opened sometime in the future, should they need to be reminded of the love that brought them together.

A lovely wedding.

A lovely wedding.

I also  loved R.J. and Ranj’s little chocolate covered strawberries that were on each plate. A fun greeting to each guests with the reminder that ‘Life is unpredictable, eat dessert first!’

I would love to find this on my plate before dinner!

I would love to find this on my plate before dinner!

The Wine Box is sealed and ready...

The Wine Box is sealed and ready...

Sunday I was at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, which is quite lovely, although a little far for me, where I officiated for Shannon and Fred who ended their ceremony by jumping the Maple branch! Regular readers of my blog probably know about one of my favorite rituals, Jumping the Oak Branch, which comes from the Celtic tradition. But Fred and Shannon had their own twist on this, and of course I’m always more than up for that! They wanted to use a branch because it represented nature, and the jumping over the branch represents crossing the threshold into their new life as husband and wife. But they chose a Maple branch because of the autumn colors it gives us and because the bride’s grandfather makes maple syrup. When I talked about this, I could see her grandfather sitting the first row and watched his face light up! The colors for the wedding were purple and orange, which was absolutely stunning.

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