Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wedding Week-Ceremony

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room.  "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse.  "It's a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful.  "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse.  "You become.  It takes a long time.  That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.   Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
-"The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams

I read this quote on a blog post shortly after we got engaged.  I knew at that time that I wanted this to be the reading at our wedding.  R and I are both avid readers and I loved incorporating some amazing literature into our wedding ceremony.  And the message of this particular passage is incredible and tells of the true beauty of lifelong love and commitment.  R was not that keen on the idea at first, but after I mentioning that maybe his little brother reading it would bring even more impact and give Jeremiah a special place in our wedding.  He did an AMAZING job in the reading and captivated our guests.

I wanted to wait until the ceremony for us to see each other, but unfortunately timing took precedence over tradition in this one.  So here's a glimpse at our first look!  It also gives an amazing view of the farm and overcast weather.  Though, thankfully, it was only slightly chilly and with little wind!

Before the ceremony, we took all of our family and wedding party photos.  It was complete chaos in the hour or so before the ceremony.  Our ceremony was led by R's friend and mentor Keith.  It was so fun to get to know him in the weeks leading up to the actual wedding and getting to tell him R and I's story and passions.  Standing up with us was our dearest friends and family--15 in all, including Moises as the ring bearer (the rings were clipped onto his bowtie!).

The most interesting and possibly one of the most fun moments was choosing our music for the ceremony.  I don't have a true passion for music, so I surprised myself with my insistence on making each of the songs be meaning to R and I.  

One of R and I's first dates in the city was to a Mason Jennings concert and I fell in love with the lyrics of "Be Here Now".  It was the perfect opening song for our parents and grandparents.  For the bridesmaids, we chose Ingrid Michaelson's "The Way I Am" mostly because of LOVE for all of her music--whom R also introduced me to.  For my dad and I, it was a pretty obvious choice, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".  We chose the version from Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, but it was still the perfect ode to our homestate (and of I knew it would make my mom cry).  Walking out, we chose "You Picked Me" by One Fine Frenzy...yet another artist that R had gotten me hooked on.  The lyrics of this song are also quite beautiful and I added the title to my vows as a way to recognize be pursued and chosen. 


Another ode to Kansas-I insisted on having sunflowers in my bouquet.


"Something Old"-my grandmother's watch


Again amazing photos by Nirav.

Location: Pie Ranch, Pescadero CA
Flowers: Cathy Haney (family friend)
Groom: Vest/Pant-J.Crew, Shirt-Banana Republic, Tie-Macy's
Bridesmaids: Dress-BHLDN, Nordstrom, Target, Make-Up-Nicole Woelfel
Groomsmen: Pants-Banana Republic, Ties-Macys
Moises' Bowtie/Leash: Bow Wow Couture via Etsy
Flowergirl: Dress-GapKids, Sweater/Shoes-Crewcuts

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