My heart was beating so fast as I walked down the path to meet my man and all our friends at the end of the lake. This.was.it.
There are so many people that I would have loved to have had at my side as I walked down that grassy aisle to meet Chris, but I’m pretty sure that being ushered in with a stadium full of my favourite people isn’t very practical so I am grateful for my best friend, Rachel, who graciously held my hand as I walked to meet Chris on that day.
We had worked hard to keep Chris away all morning so as to not ruin the surprise of our “first look”.
- My dress and gold earrings were from Le Chateau, one of my favourite Canadian stores with the most fabulous finds.
- The gorgeous wildflowers in my bouquet and intertwined throughout my hair were from Walnut Grove Floral Boutique, with the special touches of Turkey feathers and Grouse feathers that were shot by Chris and Chad during last year’s hunting season.
- My red Indonesian shawl was given to me years ago by my Ah-Ma during a trip back to visit our family in Singapore.
- Finally the gold cuff on my wrist was borrowed from our lovely photographer, Tina Francis, who noticed that it made the perfect completion to my bridal wardrobe!
Shylo played “I want to hold your hand” by the Beatles as I walked closer. We had our friends gather at the end of the path facing me, as Chris stood where he couldn’t see me walking up behind him for the “first look”…
Because this ceremony wasn’t our legal ceremony, we didn’t have an official officiant; we were saving that special job for my dad in the next ceremony! So we gave each of our friends a special role in the ceremony and each one brought their prayers, scriptures and blessings to the start of our marriage.
It was really important to us that we honour all that God has done in our lives to bring us to this point together, so we joined in praise and sang “Hosanna” by Hillsong. One of my favourite parts of the ceremony.
Because Chris and I both have Scottish heritage (among many other nationalities), we wanted to acknowledge our heritage and the joining of two families. We bought ribbons in our two family tartans, straight from Scotland, and had a traditional Handfasting Ceremony, also known as “tying the knot”! The little white ribbon of lace represents the important of God in our relationship, as the One who brought us together. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
Our rings were held by our dear friend, Chad and contained in a carved little box with Native art, a gift from our friend Ryan. The rings inside were made from Moose Antler (Chris) and Meteorite Stones (Mine). Chris carved his own ring while mine was custom made by Creative Goldsmiths in Langley.
Marika sealed it all with a prayer and then…it was time for the kiss!
It was an incredibly PERFECT start to our Wedding Celebrations! One ceremony down, two to go!