I waited until the last moment to figure out the details and the flow of the ceremony, and never got to discuss THE PLAN with our pastor or planner. Oddly, neither shared the anxiety I felt about that and knew it would go off without a hitch – which it did! One of the interim pastors from my childhood church, and longtime family friend Sarah Hershberger, married us. Lutherans are the coolest – lady pastors and equality of marriage.
To prepare, Sarah sent the traditional Lutheran ceremony, but it was way too formal for us, so I assembled ours myself! I chose readings and poems and prayers that were special to us, and Sarah gave a sermon and did all that necessary Here’s-A-Ring-Take-A-Vow stuff. I actually found some other ceremony-planning blog posts that were helpful in my writing so maybe I’ll post the actual ceremony soon!
If there’s a theme to all my wedding posts, it’s that the traditions were unexpectedly special to me. Writing the ceremony meant I loved every moment (duh, I have great taste) and Sarah’s bountiful contributions were super meaningful and intentional. I cried like a baby teen during my vows, so much so that I almost commented into the mic about the snot bubble that came out of my nose. But, thankfully, I refrained, and Sarah was on point with the tissues!
Heather’s vows were hilarious and poetic and somehow trickled around to include Mozey’s crooked tooth. She also surprised me by hamming it up with the crowd when she accidentally said “violent” during her vows. Not a typical wedding word, eh? At the very end, we had our guests take part in one of my Elliott family traditions. Whenever someone leaves on a trip, we group hug and say a bible verse, in unison. If you’ve ever witnessed it, since it regularly happens in public spaces, it’s both awkward and lovely at the same time. And then we all kiss each other – Amen!
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
(Check the photos below of all our framily in one giant group hug)
Sarah was kind enough to explain this family tradition before we made our guests touch each other and give us one big sendoff!
Apparently, you’re not supposed to kiss in the middle of the ceremony, but…I do what I want!
Then we were off to party!
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Venue: Reeb Ranch, Brevard NC
Photography: Second Street Photography
Planner: Foskey & LoveLace
Hair: Sarah Smith
Makeup: Ali Lawless
Catering: Olive Catering
Dress: Needle and Thread
Jewelry: Vintage, from my grandmother’s collection
Hairpiece: Pearlized orange blossoms, taken from my mom’s wedding hair pieces
Flowers: Kaylee Dunn