One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Warm family togetherness, bringing everyone together for homegrown beautiful love.
The Info—Photographer: Corrina Hoffman / Location: Walkers Landing, Amelia Island, FL / Venue: Amelia Island Plantation Chapel / Videographer: Mike Cutler (you can see our highlight video here) / Invites: A combination of a few people and places. I used a classic design from Wedding Paper Divas, gold thermography printing, ivory paper and envelopes, and gold lined envelopes. I purchased the belly bands from Cards and Pockets and had a custom map made of the area from a designer on Etsy.
Other cool stuff we should know about: My engagement ring goes back six generations and started as earrings in 1840. It passes down the female line in my family. The ring bearers—we had two, my second cousins. They were brothers and sons of my oldest cousin who I’m very close to. One of the boys wore the suit that was made to be worn by their father in my mother and father’s wedding thirty-four years prior. The older brother had a suit custom made from Etsy to match his brother. They wore page boy caps, knee socks, and eton suits. My uncle Joe bagpiped me down the aisle as a nod to my Irish heritage. We did a ring warming ceremony. As the final blessing I used a traditional Irish blessing. We also left a white rose on empty chairs as representation of our passed grandfathers. My grandmother carried her husband’s for the entire night and flew home with it the next day. My grandfather had passed away three months prior and they would have celebrated their sixty-fourth wedding anniversary only a month prior to our wedding. It was a tough time for us all. I also had a children’s choir that sang “You Raise Me Up” and “Let This Be Our Prayer.”
Favorite thing about the wedding: Our ceremony. I wrote our entire ceremony. Too often I think ceremonies are an afterthought and these days seen as unimportant. Typically if a ceremony lasts longer than ten minutes I’m surprised. I wanted people to leave our ceremony with a feeling of love, family, and just overall warmth. We chose “Union” by Robert Fulghum, “i carry your heart” by E.E. Cummings, and St. Paul to the Romans 12:1-18 for our readings. Our church required that we use standard vows but allowed us to incorporate our own along with the standard.