Photography by Carol Cardwell Photography

From the bride, Stephanie:
One thing I learned while planning our wedding, is that everyone you want advice from has a different set of wants, and you just have to remember that it’s your day, and try to accommodate those wants within the parameters of what you want.
Instead of nice shoes, I wore Chaco sandals.The mountain views were amazing!

THE CEREMONY
We had many of our guests stand up and tell us what they thought marriage meant to them. We also had our parents come up and speak.  We wanted our ceremony to honor the families that we grew up in, and thus our past for the first half of the ceremony.

The second half of the ceremony was all about our future. We had our officiate write a monologue for us that compared marriage to a river trip. Then we said our vows, which we wrote, over an oathing stone. This is an old Celtic marriage tradition, where the groom goes and finds a rock, in our case it was from his Grandpa’s back yard, that the couple can say their vows on so that they are “set in stone.” I really love this, because it means that we can take the stone with us everywhere as a reminder of the vows we made to each other.

My favorite part of the reception being able to walk around to every table and talk to each one of our guests.  I was so happy that we decided to have a small intimate wedding of 75 guests.

RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Carol Cardwell Photography. Carol and Tiffany are the best! They not only took amazing pictures, but helped us with other important wedding decisions.  Plus, Tiffany saved the day, and did my hair! It was just one more amazing thing that they did for us.

Flowers: April’s Garden. Natalie really took the time to listen to what I wanted for my flowers and was able to make that work within my budget.

THE CEREMONY
We had many of our guests stand up and tell us what they thought marriage meant to them. We also had our parents come up and speak.  We wanted our ceremony to honor the families that we grew up in, and thus our past for the first half of the ceremony.

The second half of the ceremony was all about our future. We had our officiate write a monologue for us that compared marriage to a river trip. Then we said our vows, which we wrote, over an oathing stone. This is an old Celtic marriage tradition, where the groom goes and finds a rock, in our case it was from his Grandpa’s back yard, that the couple can say their vows on so that they are “set in stone.” I really love this, because it means that we can take the stone with us everywhere as a reminder of the vows we made to each other.