1. Our Love Tree
Wes and I knew we wanted to have some sort of unity ceremony at our wedding, but neither of us were fans of the traditional candle or sand ceremony. We wanted it to be something different, yet something we could enjoy for our entire lives together. We decided to pot a “love tree” during the ceremony. We each poured a jar of soil from our childhood homes over the roots of the tree and watered it to symbolize the nourishment that we new we needed God to provide throughout our lives. The tree is now planted in our backyard, and we can't wait to watch it bloom throughout our marriage.
Yes, I know, yard games have become very trendy at weddings nowadays. But I like to think Wes and I put our own spin on it. We hand painted the cornhole boards ourselves (one set was monogrammed and the other had outlines of our home states), and the Giant Jenga board doubled as a guest book. Now when we play them, we get to laugh about the sweet message and memories (and drawings) each of the pieces has on them.
One of my favorite things about summer in Kentucky is the glow of the fireflies. Being that half of my family hails from South Georgia, they had never gotten to see the glorious lightening bugs before, so I wanted to make them part of our wedding day. My mom wrote a beautiful poem about fireflies and we had jars set out for all the kids to house the bugs when they caught them. It truly was the perfect setting for the magical glow of those mysterious little bugs.
I might be stating the obvious, but I am a bit of a lover of words. I knew I wanted to incorporate this love of words in our wedding. I spent hours coming up with a list of my favorite love quotes from movies and songs and Bible verses, and we strategically placed them throughout the reception. We framed them on each of the tables, and Wes’s mom hand painted them on giant chalkboards that we hung on the walls.
By far my favorite part of the day was exchanging our vows. We decided to write our own, and it was the most tender and romantic moment of my life. It didn’t matter that there were 200 of our closest family and friends just steps away; it felt like we were alone in this perfect moment of time. Wes’s words to me were the most beautiful I’ve ever heard, and each time I think about them I am reminded of how very lucky and loved I am.
Photos by Erin Blinn, Honey & Salt Photography