Bride and Groom: Chuckie and Kayla, Best Friends for 8 years on their wedding day
Location: Sachs Covered Bridge in Historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (rumors are that it’s very, very haunted)
Date: October 15, 2016
My best friend asked me to meet with Chuckie and Kayla to see if I would be a good match to officiate their wedding. When I met them I knew immediately I was dealing with a very bonded relationship. Both expressed their love and respect for one another as friends and individuals, I knew immediately I would be honored to officiate their unique wedding.
Thankfully they chose me to officiate and I went to work on their very Halloweeny/Harry Potter-eque wedding! It was so much fun!
In my opening statement, I referenced a Chinese Wedding Poem regarding friendship and love. It starts out “I want to be your friend, for ever and ever, without break or decay….”
Chuckie and Kayla knew almost immediately that they wanted to do an Unbreakable Vow from Harry Potter as their vows to one another. Many other celebrants tried to talk me out of this, but Chuckie and Kayla knew what they wanted. I included Kayla’s love and attention for her son and Chuckie’s love and attention for animals as things they would need to accept about one another. It was perfect! I tied a red cord around their clasped hands to symbolize the vow.
Another unique element to their wedding was Chuckie’s choice of his friend Shannon to be his Best Wo-Man! It was far more important to be true to the role of the person rather than the gender!
When the time to exchange rings came around, both Chuckie and Kayla wanted to recite the vows from The Corpse Bride. “With this ring, I ask you to be mine” How could you not love this?
Chuckie and Kayla wanted something different and unusual for their unity ceremony, so my creative juices began flowing. I created this handmade coffin box and decorated two skeletons as a bride and groom. When the time came for their unity ceremony, Chuckie and Kayla each placed their skeleton in the box while I quoted Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, “My dearest friend, if you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side…………For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be”.
When the time came to pronounce their union, I quoted Bram Stoker in Dracula, “Do you believe in destiny? That even the powers of time can be altered for a single purpose? The luckiest man (or woman) who walks on this earth is the one who finds true love”.
It was an absolute pleasure to marry this incredible couple! I loved being able to be so creative with the things they love and hold dear, making their wedding day all about them.
As of today, they have added another son to their family and continue to remain true to their Unbroken Vow!
What movies, books, or poems have you referenced in your ceremony? Feel free to comment below!
Until next time,