The Ceremony

We chose to have a small, outdoor ceremony. The Hollins House is perched over Santa Cruz and the ocean. While it was a cool June afternoon, it was beautiful.

The Processional

Christian, magician, performer, and our officiant, walks down the aisle.

Christian, magician, performer, and our officiant, walks down the aisle.

Jerram walks his mother, Barbara, to her seat.

Jerram walks his mother, Barbara, to her seat.

Glen, father of the bride, walks his wife, Susan, to her seat.

Glen, father of the bride, walks his wife, Susan, to her seat.

High school, represent! Rob, Jerram's friend from high school, and Kelly, Elizabeth's friend from high school come down the aisle.

High school, represent! Rob, Jerram’s friend from high school, and Kelly, Elizabeth’s friend from high school come down the aisle.

Geoffrey, Jerram's younger brother, and Kathryn, Elizabeth's youngest sister, come down the aisle.

Geoffrey, Jerram’s younger brother, and Kathryn, Elizabeth’s youngest sister, come down the aisle.

James, Jerram's best friend, and Christine, Elizabeth's sister, walk down the aisle.

James, Jerram’s best friend, and Christine, Elizabeth’s sister, walk down the aisle.

Twins Gretchen and Lazlo come down the aisle as ring bearer and flower girl.

Twins Gretchen and Lazlo come down the aisle as ring bearer and flower girl.

Gretchen diligently distributes her flower petals.

Gretchen diligently distributes her flower petals.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

Elizabeth, escorted by her father, comes down the aisle.

The Hand Off

Glen hands Elizabeth off to Jerram.  To be clear, Elizabeth is not a football.

Glen hands Elizabeth off to Jerram. To be clear, Elizabeth is not a football.

Glen and Jerram hug it out.

Glen and Jerram hug it out.

The Ceremony Begins

Left to right: Kelly, Kathryn, Christine, Elizabeth, Christian, Jerram, James, Geoffrey, and Rob, lined up

Left to right: Kelly, Kathryn, Christine, Elizabeth, Christian, Jerram, James, Geoffrey, and Rob, lined up

Left to right: Kathryn, Christine, Elizabeth, Christian, Jerram, James, Geoffrey all lined up.

Left to right: Kathryn, Christine, Elizabeth, Christian, Jerram, James, Geoffrey all lined up.

Barbara sits in the foreground, watching her son get married.

Barbara sits in the foreground, watching her son get married.

Left to right: Christine, Elizabeth, Christian, Jerram,  and James all lined up.

Left to right: Christine, Elizabeth, Christian, Jerram, and James all lined up.

Elizabeth passes her bouquet to Christine for safe keeping.

Elizabeth passes her bouquet to Christine for safe keeping.

Kelly, Kathryn, and Christine watching the proceedings.

Kelly, Kathryn, and Christine watching the proceedings.

The Reading

Jerram’s good friend, August, setups up to read a passage.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours as you build a future together.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will wipe away tears of sorrow and tears of joy…

The hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

The hands that will tenderly hold your children and help you to hold your family as one.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still reach for yours, giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

Close friend, August, reads a passage to Jerram and Elizabeth.

Close friend, August, reads a passage to Jerram and Elizabeth.

These are the hands...

These are the hands…

The Love Letters / Wine Box Ceremony

Elizabeth and Jerram have written letters to each other which the other has not read. These, along with a bottle of wine and two wine classes are locked in a box only to be opened on their 5th anniversary.

Christian produces a bottle of wine to place in the wine box, part of a ceremony preparing a box to be opened on the 5th anniversary.

Christian magically produces a bottle of wine to place in the wine box, part of a ceremony preparing a box to be opened on the 5th anniversary.

Christian explains the ring ceremony.

Christian explains the ring ceremony.

The Ring Warming

Before exchanging rings, Elizabeth and Jerram’s rings are threaded on a ribbon to be passed among the guests. Each guest is asked to hold and “warm” the ring with their good wishes for the new couple.

Christian calls forth Barbara, Glen, and Susan to aid in the ring warming ceremony.

Christian calls forth Barbara, Glen, and Susan to aid in the ring warming ceremony.

Barbara places the rings on the ribbon.

Barbara places the rings on the ribbon.

Glen keeps one ring on each side of the group and brings the ribbon to the back so that everyone can hold a ring and wish the couple well.

Glen keeps one ring on each side of the group and brings the ribbon to the back so that everyone can hold a ring and wish the couple well.

Shahla passes Elizabeth's ring to Shirin.

Shahla passes Elizabeth’s ring to Shirin.

Susan helps bring the ring across each aisle.

Susan helps bring the ring across each aisle.

Barbara holds her side of the ribbon for people to pass Jerram's ring.

Barbara holds her side of the ribbon for people to pass Jerram’s ring.

The wedding party looks on as the rings are warmed by the guests.

The wedding party looks on as the rings are warmed by the guests.

Michele passes the ring along.

Michele passes the ring along.

Glen watches while Gretchen, January, and Lazlo warm the rings.

Glen watches while Gretchen, January, and Lazlo warm the rings.

James receives the rings after they have been warmed.

James receives the rings after they have been warmed.

The Ring Exchange

Elizabeth and Jerram exchange rings and vows.

Kelly, Kathryn, and Christine watch the ring exchange.

Kelly, Kathryn, and Christine watch the ring exchange.

James, Geoggrey, and Rob observing the ring exchange.

James, Geoggrey, and Rob observing the ring exchange.

Elizabeth receives the ring she made to give Jerram.

Elizabeth receives the ring she made to give Jerram.

Elizabeth places the ring on Jerram's finger.

Elizabeth places the ring on Jerram’s finger.

Jerram receives the ring that he made for Elizabeth.

Jerram receives the ring that he made for Elizabeth.

Jerram place's the ring on Elizabeth's finger.

Jerram place’s the ring on Elizabeth’s finger.

Elizabeth and Jerram listen on, as they hold hands.

Elizabeth and Jerram listen on, as they hold hands.

The Hand Tying

Jerram and Elizabeth’s hands are tied together with the ribbon as a sign of their new bond.

Christian cuts two pieces of the ring warming ribbon.

Christian cuts two pieces of the ring warming ribbon.

Christian ties the two cut pieces of ribbon into a knot.

Christian ties the two cut pieces of ribbon into a knot.

Christian explains how these two pieces of ribbon are like Elizabeth and Jerram, now tied together.

Christian explains how these two pieces of ribbon are like Elizabeth and Jerram, now tied together.

Jerram wraps the ribbon around Elizabeth's hand.

Jerram wraps the ribbon around Elizabeth’s hand.

When the ribbon is unwrapped from Elizabeth and Jerram’s hands, it is now a continuous piece and placed in the wine box as a reminder that they are now one.

The Pronouncement

Jerram and Elizabeth are pronounced, officially, man and wife.

The moment we (at least, the bride and groom) have all been waiting for.

The moment we (at least, the bride and groom) have all been waiting for.

The Kiss

The Kiss

The Recessional

Walking back up the aisle, now husband and wife.

Walking back up the aisle, now husband and wife.

The recessional

Then end...of the ceremony.

Then end…of the ceremony.

  1 comment for “The Ceremony

  1. Lee Weimer
    July 1, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Love the pictures! What a beautiful day, wonderful event. And what a darling little flower girl! So happy for you. May the years ahead be joyous and many.

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