Busy Wedding Weekend

What a wonderful weekend I just had with three fantastic and interesting couples. Each wedding ceremony had very memorable elements.

A wonderful weekend at Harmony Gardens

A wonderful weekend at Harmony Gardens

The first one was a couple who found spirituality through yoga and eastern influences. There were many great rituals in their ceremony but the one that I will remember the most was the bride’s request that we all chant ‘Om” together.  You may be surprised to read that this was the first time I’d ever incorporated this into a wedding ceremony and it was very powerful. I felt centered after we did this and the vibrations truly could be felt. When people Om together they make a continuum of sound, without beginning or end. We used it to anchor their marriage in peace.

A beautiful photo from Garth Woods

A beautiful photo from Garth Woods

Another highlight, from a different wedding, was when the couple jumped the branch. Now I’ve written about this before, and traditionally an oak branch is used, but they wanted a branch from their own property, which has many walnut trees on it. So they brought a large one and we used it to symbolize their crossing this big threshold in life and beginning their marriage.

The final ceremony was a great Latino couple who used the Arras, or 13 coins, a great custom. In this ritual the couple exchanges thirteen coins – some say it is one for each month of the year, plus one for the poor.  Often this ceremony symbolizes the complete sharing and support in their loving relationship, which will carry them into their future together.

Jumping the branch!

Jumping the branch!

More traditionally the groom gives the coins to his bride, but being a thoroughly modern couple, with a relationship based in equality, the couple exchanged the coins, showing their mutual commitment. The coins connect them to the past and move them into the future.

The photos are from the first two weddings, from our ‘official’ Harmony Gardens photographer, Garth Woods, who always does an amazing job. Thank you Garth. And congratulations to Dorothea & Matthew, Cassie & Jeff, and Sherley & Victor.

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