Laura and Mark are a fun fun couple. Describing themselves as “quirky, goofy, happy and crazy in love”, they wanted their whole wedding day to be relaxed, and informal. And they wanted their wedding ceremony to set the tone for the day, full of joy, character, and love for each other and everyone there.
I laugh now when I think of our initial phone call; I think they were like many couples…not necessarily believing that they could bring themselves fully to their wedding ceremony and not knowing how. Once we got that part clear, they really put themselves into their wedding ceremony.
For Laura and Mark…this is IT…this is the forever marriage, and it showed in the effort they put into answering questions and giving me feedback as the ceremony began to take shape. It was a true labour of love. Laura told me: “The process of co-creating the ceremony was incredible. I knew I loved Mark a lot but being asked specific questions about him and what makes our relationship special really had me examining things from an entirely different perspective and made me love him even more (if that’s even possible!)”
Once written, we knew we were going to have a fabulous ceremony. The dark clouds ruminating over Campbell River didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. I told the guests as we began that this would be a very different wedding than the “normal” and they took it to heart. Laura remembers: “I’ve never been to a wedding where people started cheering and hooting and hollering when the father of the bride and the bride came walking down the aisle BEFORE the ceremony even began! I felt like a rock star!”
And it was pure Mark and Laura. Stories were shared, family cherished, laughter and tears. And lots of guest involvement. Even a young lad, who made a beeline up the aisle toward the groom, holding up a 6 inch worm and declaring: “look what I have!” We hit the pause button, had a massive communal fit of laughter, and Mark coolly high-fived him at the altar. Then we continued on to their wedding vows.
As joyous as the wedding ceremony was, their vows were deep and profound. I worked with each of them to help them find and say what was really in their hearts. Vows for a lifetime, written and spoken with great intention; the guests were entranced.
It started to drizzle just as the wedding ceremony ended…as the old adage says…the tears of the ex-loves left behind…:) We popped umbrellas open, pronounced them married with great gusto, and offered an exuberant toast to a fun fun couple, the worm that made history, and the best day ever.
Thank you sooo much, Laura and Mark, for choosing me. It was an absolute delight to work with you. And…don’t forget….I do baby blessings too…! (I know, I know, not just yet…:)
Photos by Erin Wallis. Check out her web site, or this blog post with more pics from Mark and Laura’s wedding.