Chris and Ann and their guests experienced a beautiful wedding service against the backdrop of the magnificent old Linden tree at the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Massachusetts.
Though the weather was hot and humid, the tree provided some shade and gentle breezes as their family and friends congregated on the velvety green lawn and watched Chris and Ann share their custom vows.
All was progressing smoothly, with Ann's dad walking his beloved daughter across the mansion's lawn to the tree's natural altar, kissing his daughter with affection and shaking hands with his soon to be son-in-law. The bridesmaids looked on with tearful smiles as they witnessed this loving exchange; birds chirped in the background as if to sing their praises for this festive event.
As an officiant, there are moments when the service does not go exactly as planned, and Chris and Ann's wedding was no exception in this regard. For the exchanging of the rings, I guide the couple with kind direction about placing the ring onto the finger of their partner in matrimony.
It was precisely when I told Ann to place the ring onto Chris' finger that I realized that Chris' hand was shaking such that Ann could not place the ring onto his ring finger, though she was trying with all her might. When I noticed this challenge, I broke out of my script and lightheartedly commented that this had not happened before! The humor was just the special relief that this couple needed; Ann's head went back as she appreciated the comic aspect of her dilemma and Chris joined along with her in laughing, too. Together, a wave of laughter erupted amongst family and friends, all showing love and support for this very excitedly nervous groom!
With rings exchanged, I then pronounced Chris and Ann to be "husband and wife" for the first time. Amidst cheers and applause, they recessed down the aisle as the DJ played, "It's A Beautiful Day" by U2.
Indeed, it's a beautiful day when I am blessed to marry such a lovely, fun couple. May you always love one another, sharing laughter with a heartiness and a sincerity that spreads joy and light wherever you go.
Congratulations to Chris and Ann! I wish you soft breezes and birdsong for all of your days!