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Monday, June 1, 2009

Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas


I recently traveled to Dallas to meet with one of my mentors. She's the Executive Director of an organization that opens and runs Montessori schools for economically-disadvantaged kids. (As a side note, I just took a teaching job at a public Montessori school in Houston. I'll be teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders next year! Eventually, I want to start a Montessori charter school for economically disadvantaged children and then grow it into a national network of schools. We'll see!)

We got around to talking about her wedding (I swear we spent many hours talking about the achievement gap and instruction and educational philosophy first!). She mentioned that she and her partner, Joe, got married while standing within the intersection of two circles, one representing their families and one representing their community of friends. Their union took place in the center of those two circles (which was constructed from rocks).

I loved the metaphor and asked if I could share it with you!

Any other ideas for how to construct the two circles?


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9 comments:

indianapolis weddings said...

Yes that wedding concept of family members and friends are so good. Really a nice Relation.

carboniferous said...

Man. The first part of your post really communicates part of the reason why I want to become a teacher.

That is such a cool, important, long-term career goal.

megan said...

that is such a cool idea! ummm. i think it'd be cool to construct your circle out of your family and friends, like literally. either your whole wedding invite list (it'd work better for more intimate ceremonies) or of your family and your bridal party. they could hold hands or ribbons or something to show it's an actual circle. or each group could wear a specific color....i don't know, just thoughts.

my soon-to-be-niece goes to school at a montessori school, but i think it is private since it costs money per month. but it's a great school, so the montessori concept is great.

unlovething said...

I'm a teacher of economically disadvantaged students in the Bronx. My original plan was that I eventually wanted my own charter school. However, since becoming a teacher I realized my passion is in teaching and not administration. I'd love to learn more about the montessori system.

MJ said...

Congratulations on the new job Sara!

And what a wonderful goal you have. My mom and both my grandmothers were teachers, so I got to see and hear a lot from the other side of the desk, so to speak, and I know what a labor of love it really is.

Saw this article and thought you'd like the concept of the place

http://www.more.com/2009/3975-a-restaurant-where-you-pay

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ MJ: I love restaurants like that! There was one in Denver called the S.A.M.E. Cafe (So All May Eat). I just sent the link to my friend, Pat. He and his new partner are moving to Salt Lake soon. Thank you!

Sara said...

Congrats on the new job! Very exciting. And your goals are so inspiring!

Fearless Leader! said...

re: circle concepts:
I've also been thinking about this one! I was loving the idea of creating a circle around us of our guests, but I'm thinking there will be too many of us (around 120). (A friend of mine saw this exact scenario in Central Park, but I think there were a lot less guests.)
So now I'm thinking of ribbons (as mentioned), flowers, flower petals, maybe even scarves I've knitted if I go really quirky, the ideas are endless!
*m*

Ingenue said...

Another fabulous ceremony idea...
I photographed a wedding a couple years ago where the officiant asked (at the request of the bride and groom) that 3 groups stand separately and pledge their support to the couple. It went something like this:
Officiant: "Will all the FAMILY members of the bride and groom please stand"
Family members rise...
Officiant: "Do you promise to help David and Sarah through their troubles? To love them both and support their commitment to each other? If so, say 'we will'.
Families: "We will!"

Officiant: "Will all the FRIENDS of the bride and groom please stand."
Friends rise...
Officiant: "Do you promise to help David and Sarah through their troubles? To love them both and support their commitment to each other? If so, say 'we will'.
Friends: "We will!"

Officiant: "Will all the CHILDREN please stand."
Children rise...
Officiant: "Do you promise to help David and Sarah through their troubles? To love them both and support their commitment to each other? If so, say 'we will'.
Children: (SCREAMING with delight) "WE WILL!"

One of the perks of photographing weddings, before you get married yourself, is to see how other people pull it all off. I'm also a teacher (3rd grade) and getting married at a New Mexico campground next June. Needless to say, we're incorporating the above pledges into our ceremony.

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