As you may have noticed, Green-Eyed Girl works what we call a Project Block System, where we organize pieces of the wedding into manageable, creative lists. Below are some of the Projects that we did with Nancy and Wendell.
Nancy and Wendell have this amazingly fun personality that they wanted to share with their guests, as well as add a little preparation, since we are in Oregon. The framed sign reads, “After 20 years, come Rain or Shine, our love will last until the end of time.” Not only beautiful and totally true for this couple, but a creative way to offer guests sunglasses and umbrellas!
One of my most absolute FAVORITE pieces of the wedding puzzle is talking with couples about what their ceremony will actually LOOK like. What props are used, what colors are going to be in their pictures and what do you really want guests to see you do together. Who is involved and how can we bring YOU into it. Nancy did some research and settled on one of the most beautiful of unity ceremonies, then took it a little bit farther and handmade all of her own cords!
Handfasting is a Celtic tradition where couples symbolically “Tie the Knot”
It is an actual physical act of binding the couple’s hands together with a length of cloth, a cord, string, or whatever might be available. The couple faces each other and clasps hands, right hand to right hand, left to left, making a figure eight, the infinity symbol. For a Celtic style handfasting, during the repeating of the vows, the cord is wrapped three times around the couple’s hands. Another more complex wrapping of the cord actually forms the infinity symbol with the cord wrapping across both if the couple’s hands, one side looping under one of the couple’s hands, the other side looping under the other one of the couple’s hands, then both ends tying in a knot on top of the clasped hands.
Is that your intent?
Nancy, might you ever cause her pain?
Is that your intent?
[To Both] Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?
And so the binding is made. (Toni drapes fifth chord across the couple’s hands.)
…and finally as guests made their way off the dance floor and back through the meadow we wanted them to stay safe with a little help from Project 29: Guest Exiting System. We also always frame a plaque for the closest taxi companies. 😉
|My great friend Mark Stern with Carte Blanche Caterers|
|My Wedding Day hair done by Judy Seiffert with Wedding Hair by Judy|