Hey There! If you’re just now joining us, we’re talking about Melanie + Vickie’s ridiculously gorgeous and colorful farm wedding. (part 1 here) AND we’re just now getting to my (and their) favorite part of the day…
One of our favorite moments of our wedding was during the ceremony. Our beloved friend and officiant, Rami Margron, had the wonderful idea of extending a long ribbon around our congregation comprised of friends and family. She and her husband had done this at their wedding, and it has become something of a tradition among people who know the two of them. We told Rami we wanted rainbow to be the subtheme of our wedding (with apples and oranges being the primary theme), so she offered to buy ribbons in multiple rainbow colors and tie them together. When it came time for our ring exchange, the ribbon went around the circle, allowing each person to touch and bless the rings, and bringing their energy into our union. We played a song by Hapa, a band from Maui, which had particular significance to Vickie’s father George Martin and her second Mom, Toni.
Each guest was surprised and delighted to be able to take part in this ritual, and also to see the rings as they went around the circle. Some people held the rings, some people blessed them, others just passed them along, but everyone looked overjoyed. Just as the rings came back around to us, a voice came out of the audience and sang, “L is for the way you Look at me,” then another voice sang “O is for the Only one I see,” and so on, to the tune of Nat King Cole’s classic song, “L.O.V.E.” This was a surprise serenade coordinated by our wonderful friend Rami for the people at the ceremony to express their love for us! It felt like something out of a movie! By the time we exchanged the rings, we were so swept away in the emotion and love we felt from the ring ceremony and the impromptu serenade by our guests, that when we put the rings on each other it was an even more blissful moment than either of us could have ever imagined.
Now I’ve seen various versions of the ring blessing (we did one ourselves!) but the crazy awesome love on their guests faces just slays me. And a subtheme? Dude, these are brides after my own heart. Their “details” weren’t too shabby either:
And of course, more of those loving (and gorgeous) friends:
It’s pretty much perfect. And there’s still more. More color. More smooching. And dare I tempt you with a choreographed dance number? Yeah, they’re pretty much rockstars.
See ya tomorrow. Come for the dancing, stay for the crafts!
Vendor Love! Venue: Oz Farm/ Wedding Photography:Rose Street Studios/ Videographer: NVA Productions/ Cut Wildflowers: Coastal Posies/ Wildflower Bouquets: Stephanie & Irma Case, Toni Martin/ Wildflower Arrangements: Wedding Guests/ Caterers: North Coast Catering/ Rentals: Fort Bragg Rent-All/ Wedding Banners & Fabric Mason Jar Belts: Casa Murriguez/ Cupcakes: Franny’s Cup & Saucer/ DJ: Salvador Cerrillo (DJ Estilo)/ Projected Art Installation: Brandon Neubauer/ Guest Book: Lazy Lightning Art/ Table Name Holders: Button Boy/ Gowns: Lula Kate, Alvina Valenta/ Stationary: Hello!Lucky/ Ribbon Wands: Glitter & Ganache/ Custom Dog Vest/Bowtie: Sig Hafstrom/ Coordination: Sharon Murriguez, Casa Murriguez