Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mawwiage -- and an Amazingly Creative Wedding!

Every single ceremony I have the privilege to be involved with is different and special -- and, every once in a while, one comes along that is truly so unique and spectacular that I just have to share it in detail -- so this post may be a little longer than my usual!

When I met with Giselle and David a few months prior to their wedding, we made an "instant" connection -- they are one of those wonderful couples who are so warm, friendly and honest, that you can know them for five minutes and feel like you've known them for years!  
Are they a cute couple, or what?!  
Their ceremony and reception took place at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, so from the get-go, this was definitely going to be a wedding "off the beaten aisle." The Enzian is an amazing movie theater that offers tables and big, comfy chairs -- you can watch a movie and have a bite to eat at the same time.  They offer classic movies, along with the types of movies you usually don't see in standard theaters -- just perfect for a couple looking for a different type of wedding!

The entrance sign to The Enzian

A table setup -- note the booth-type setup in the back!

David & Giselle wanted to have their ceremony and food inside the comfort of the air-conditioned theater (after all, it was August!), but they also wanted their guests to have outdoor fun -- so they chose to have several outdoor games on the lawn at the Enzian, which has a large lawn with lots of beautiful old oak trees.  Games included Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Giant Jenga and Ladder Ball -- something for everyone! Also outside was a wheelbarrow filled with seeds, as a gift for guests to take home -- so original!  David is a landscape architect, so it was truly a fitting idea. 

As their guests arrived at the ceremony, they were greeted by Giselle & David's names in lights -- there was no way you could not know where the ceremony was going to take place -- but that was just the beginning of the magic!

How cool is this to have at the entrance to your wedding?!

They had decorated the lobby of the theater with lots of movie-themed decorations, and on their sign-in table, they had lots and lots of vintage postcards --they asked each guest to write a greeting, advice, or whatever they wanted, on a postcard,and put it into a vintage box.  

What a great idea -- rather than a guest book,
having guests leave a message to always keep!
As their ceremony began, the lights dimmed -- and an introductory movie was played -- what an AMAZING way to start a wedding ceremony!  Every single guest (including me!) was just blown away!  You've GOT to check this out!

Here's the front stage/screen area, where the movie played
and the ceremony took place!
The movie ended, and the music began, as David was escorted into the theater by his parents -- followed by Giselle and her parents.  David & Giselle walked up the steps to the stage, where we began the ceremony.

And their ceremony -- oh my, it was full of smiles and laughter!  It included a reading from Albert Eistein about love and relativity --

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and
physics so important a biological phenomenon as love?
Put your hand on a stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour.
Sit with that special girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.
THAT'S relativity."  

When it was time to take their vows, Giselle & David performed "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to decide who would say their vows first -- what an original idea! Their vows included so many personal references, and were not only humorous, but so touching.  

And the joy on their faces as they were pronounced husband and wife -- oh, my -- so radiant!  

As they came off the stage, the first thing they did was greet and hug their parents, and then they went from table to table, hugging and greeting their guests -- such a warm way to begin their celebration!

As I left the Enzian, I was smiling all over -- and I could see their guests coming out, ready to play some lawn games.  

David & Giselle, your wedding will be one that will always remain in my memory as unique, warm and wonderful!  May the two of you continue to share the joy of your wedding day for all your years together!