When Marty and I arrived at 8:00 PM that evening, it was still daylight. Peter Montgomery with Brier Creek was on hand to get us anything we needed which turned out to be a power strip since they had many white lights plugged in and I needed an outlet for my system. He was a such a great help. All the guests were upstairs partying and could not see us. We got busy setting up my sound system through which Jay would play the processional music via his MP3 which plugs right into my system.
The seating for this wedding was the reverse of the usual way we orient weddings at Brier Creek but we needed the ability to light the altar area. It worked out so well maybe other couples will decide on this arrangement.
So the portico with steps became our stage with beautiful floating candles and plenty of white lights as well as the pot lights in the ceiling of the portico. The table with the containers for the family unity sand ceremony had been filled and set in place by Peter. The announcement about the wedding was scheduled for 8:30 at which time the bride and groom would go to the respective locker rooms and don their wedding clothes! We did have a slight delay as Jay tried to remember how to tie his bowtie! No other men on hand had any experience with this. He finally got it tied and we were ready to begin. The guests were all seated and Elyce was ready at the other end of the aisle.
Jay is turning on the music. I had to step over because it appeared there was no power but the power plug had gotten jiggled and needed replugging. Thank goodness that was all that was needed! Many thanks to Michelle Gunton, their photographer, for sending me the great photos with her logo on them. Marty and my camera struggled with the darkness!
You can see how dark it is becoming as we get started.
Elyce wanted her father, John, to walk her down the aisle so her brother accompanied them pushing the wheelchair.
Have you ever seen such big smiles?
The transfer of hands is happening here. That is Elyce's mother, Judy, on the left. John and Judy have been married 50 years and Jay and Elyce aspire to make it to that mark too!
I stepped out from behind the couple to speak to the guests. Their story is such a good one and they helped make it quite humorous. The guests got to laugh a lot at this ceremony. Then there was a paragraph Elyce wrote for me to say to Jay about why she wanted to marry him. Jay wrote a corresponding paragraph about why he wanted to marry Elyce. These paragraphs were sent to me separately and kept secret from the one it was about. Jay suggested that we keep them secret and it is something I have already been incorporating into many other ceremonies. So sweet. We then had the family unity sand ceremony in which Gabrielle, Elyce's daughter, got to pour her sand and the sand for Jackson, Elyce and Jay's son, and the wee one not yet born.
Although it is not the best quality, I had to put this photo in! The words were "Jay, you can FINALLY kiss your wife!"
And the deed is done! They are finally married!
Sweet photo Michelle got of Elyce reassuring Gabrielle who was probably overwhelmed by the occasion.