Our Ceremony

Posted by Dogwood on Aug 24, 2010

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves and especially in spite of our selves. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say I love you at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry.  It is at no time taking the other for granted. It is standing together to face the world and forming a circle of love that gathers the entire family. It is doing things for each other, in the spirit of joy, not sacrifice. It is speaking words of appreciation. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR! It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.  It is allowing each other to grow.”

I thought I would start this post with one of my favorite parts of our ceremony.  Our ceremony was short and sweet, and I mean 10 minutes short, but what that ceremony packed into those 10 minutes will live forever in my heart.  I was able to stay pretty calm, only slightly crying once when Dogwood Dude began his vows, and there were times when I could feel myself bouncing up and down like a child due to the excitement.  What I will remember most of all is the look on Dogwood Dude’s face (minus the sun that was shining in his eyes), and him stating the words “I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.”

"I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before."

Dogwood Dude patiently waiting

Walking down the aisle with Dogwood Dad

"I, Dogwood Blossom, take you, Dogwood Dude, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love."

"I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you. "

You may kiss the bride

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Dogwood Dude

Phew! We did it! Now let's go into the air conditioning!

Thanks go to Emily Harris Photography for capturing every second of the most amazing 10 minutes of my life!

Thanks to Blooming Designs and Events, for making the beautiful Key Largo Hilton beach somehow more beautiful than it already was!

And a special thanks to Susan Ashmore for writing such an amazing ceremony that meant so much to us!