Friends are good, especially friends who introduce you to the love of your life. For Ryan and Sarah, it was one of their bridesmaids, Crystal, and one of their groomsmen, Brian.
The guys were dressed and ready to go.
And the ladies were jumping with joy!
This is Sarah and Ryan's first look.
It was raining lightly by the time the ceremony began. Sarah and Ryan weren't bothered by it a bit.
There were some very special elements in the ceremony. One of my favorites is creating a circle from rose petals within which Sarah and Ryan exchanged their vows.
The bride and groom decided to do a handfasting. They asked family members to drape each of the cords to reflect the aspects they value in their relationship. For example, the green cord is the cord of renewal. It was the wish for their love to be the wellspring that nourishes the two, refreshes them and allows them to share their inner selves.
Sarah crafted this ceramic ring box.
Afterwards, Ryan and Sarah presented each other a red rose. Their first gift to each other. A symbol of their true and abiding love.
Then it was time for the kiss to seal their vows.
Mr. and Mrs. were so very happy!!!
Afterwards, we took a moment to admire Sarah's ring and to sign the marriage documents.
Because of the rain and the number of unity elements during the ceremony, Sarah and Ryan decided to light their unity candle before cutting their cake. I really like it when we creatively think of ways to include everything the bride and groom would like to do.
The reception decor was dramatic and bright. It was perfect for the day.
As I said during the ceremony, wishing that Ryan and Sarah always remain sweethearts, helpmates and the best of friends!
Here are the stars of Ryan and Sarah's wedding team:
Katie O'Brien of Rock Creek Gardens
Sean Sherman, Photography
Brian Herbrecht, DJ
The Ram, Catering
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