Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ceremony Is Nearly Finished

The ceremony is nearly finished. It's pretty hard to write a wedding ceremony that doesn't sound cheesy.

I'm particularly happy, however, with some of the symbolic gestures we've incorporated. At one point in the ceremony, we are going to plant a sapling to represent the growth of our love. The coolest part is that my mom is mailing us a Live Oak sapling from our backyard in Florida.

Here's an excerpt from the ceremony script (which is still in draft form):
  • Now Matt and Sara are going to plant a Live Oak sapling from the backyard of Sara’s parents to symbolically represent the growth of their love.
  • Live oaks were widely used to build planks in early American ships because of their remarkable resilience. The live oak of the USS Constitution repelled the shot of enemy gunfire so effectively that one of the sailors was heard to shout, "Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!" The ship was given the nickname, Old Ironsides.
  • Like the planks on ships, marriage, too, must be resilient. It must weather the challenges of daily life. And just like the tree that they are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment. As they provide the sun, soil, and water for this tree, they will provide the encouragement, trust, and love needed on a daily basis to consciously nurture and nourish their connection to each other.

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