Having finalised the ceremony with them by email, I met them a week before the ceremony to go over the details. As the family was from Michigan, the colours blue and gold had to be worked in honouring the Wolverines. Go Blue!
I started out by personalising their "Memory Vase" with their names, the location and date.
K had very definite ideas about what she wanted. Here she is being escorted to the ceremony by her sons. The gerbera lilies in her bouquet had a special significance for her.
After the renewal ceremony in which the couple composed and read their own vows, we did the Unity Sand Ceremony. I poured a layer of sand from the beach, after which M poured his layer of royal blue sand.
Then K poured her rose-pink sand and read her promises to her husband and family
Both boys then poured their sand. In this part of the ceremony I introduced a new feature.
Both boys were briefed by me earlier and asked to wite a message for their family on a piece of paper which they placed in the vase. They could chose to let their parents know what the message said later, or not, as they chose. The boys also each placed a sea-shell in the vase, another reminder of this special time. For me, the messages and the shells underlined that each Memory Vase is as unique as the family which creates it.
Following the boys, the parents pored their blue and pink sand and made their promises to their spouse and family in unison.
I topped off the Memory Vase with sand scooped from the beach, but I also first read, and then included in the vase the Irish Marriage Blessing (included below). Here we are admiring the finished Memory Vase, I was very pleased with the effect of the sea-shells. Later I will provide the packaging for them to take their special Memory Vase home safely.
Wide angled shot of the family in front of the Coral Stone Club, yes the sand is really that white, and that clean!
The end of a perfect day, in the surf Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Unity Sand Ceremony written and officiated by Joy of Simply Weddings, Grand Cayman Wedding Celebrants and Planners, photography by Fevi Yu of Passion Photography, flowers by Trisha's Roses.
"May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward" (Irish Marriage Blessing)