Small ceremonies will always hold a special place in my heart. The first ceremony I ever officiated had less than ten people, and it makes for a very intimate feel. Jess and Jason knew they wanted only a handful of people in attendance, and the vibe it gave their ceremony was amazing. Everyone chatted beforehand, took in the view of Lake Erie behind the Gazebo, and helped drape the area in eucalyptus branches. For the end of October the setting was beyond perfect! Sun shine, a slight breeze, and a spot overlooking the beach at Evangola State Park.
The groomsmen walked the bridesmaids down the aisle, then picked up their guitars to serenade the bride in. Jess walked down the aisle in a short lace dress with AMAZING gold glitter heels that had a vintage feel. Her grandfather insisted on escorting her down the aisle without the aide of his wheelchair, so they stopped to let him rest every so often, and Jess calmly rubbed his back while he caught his breath. That quiet, tender moment is my favorite memory from their day that was filled with personal touches. Calypso the pup served as the couples "dog of honor", complete with tutu and flower collar. She even greeted me at the end of the aisle, wrapping her leash around me in a "hug". The bride and groom exchanged rings imprinted with wood grain, a nod to their love of the outdoors and their log cabin house. During the ring exchange we even added a quote from The Lord of the Rings because hey, why not!
Sometimes life just decides to say "Hey, things are going way to perfectly, here's a curve ball!" As Jess was walking down the aisle, the best man asked Jason if he had the rings, which he thought the best man had! A guest was sent to the car to find them, and we continued with the ceremony. When we got to the ring exchange they were still nowhere to be found. Luckily Jess is the chillest bride you ever did see, and we simply took a few minutes to send first the best man, then the groom to find them. It allowed for a laugh break after the couples emotional vows, and I'm sure it will become a story they'll tell for years to come. After all, if at the end of the day you are married, that's all that matters.
Congratulations Jess and Jason! Here's to many more years of adventure!
Photography by AZ Photography (who was super easy to work with!)