The family unity sand ceremony and the necklaces they were giving to each other's daughter during the ceremony were ready.
The food was all set up and the bar stocked for the wonderful occasion.
The ceremony took place on the back porch and patio. All the chairs were set in place and the Basket Tree Florists had very tastefully decorated the altar area and both sets of stairs with greenery, flowers and ribbon. Marty and I set up my small sound system and Adam Pitts, the guitarist who was providing the ceremony music, set up his equipment also. He was located on the porch to the right. Jim Colman and his second shooter, Allison, had set up strobe lights on the porch also.
Our processional got a little out of order as the grandmother and mother of the bride took their seats before we got started. Jeff escorted his mother, Beulah, to her seat then stepped over to the foot of the steps to wait for Allyson.
We had many flower girls. They were so pretty in their poofy white dresses with baskets of yellow petals to scatter. Erin, Allyson's sister, and her father, Owen, urge this little girl to step forth. Children of this age may likely not understand what adults are asking them to do at a wedding. It is not often a child is all dressed up and asked to walk down an aisle flanked by so many "big" people and throw petals from a basket onto the ground!
There was an awkward turned humorous time delay before Owen "handed over" Allyson to Jeff as the aisle was shorter than the music being played by Adam for the bride's entrance!
Jeff had some sweet words to say to Juliette: “Juliette, I want you to know how much I love your mother and want you both to join Anna and me as a family. We would like to give you and your mom the kind of family that you have never had the chance to enjoy. I know that I will never be your dad, but am so happy to embrace you as my daughter. I hope to someday earn your love and that you will be happy to tell me and anyone who asks that you love me…" Then he put one of the necklaces around her neck.“Anna, thank you for opening your heart to Juliette and me and sharing this incredible man you call Dad. I hope you will embrace the love we have for you today and will accept us as family. As our families are forever joined today, my hope is you will not look at me as a stepmother, but rather as a friend, one more person in your life who will love you and support you through all of life’s journeys.” Then she put the necklace around her neck.
Then it was time for the family unity sand ceremony as each of this new family of four poured their sand together.
The beautiful layers of colors of sand represent this family's individuality and their union.
Loved the kiss!
They circled around the house closely followed by Jim and Allison to the front steps for photos.
Allyson and Jeff, thank you for giving me the honor of officiating your wedding. It was wonderful and you were so considerate of my time on that day. I have no doubt whatsoever that you are a match made in heaven. Bless you!