At their garden ceremony, the Reverend began with the Native American tradition of Calling the Seven Directions, North, South, East, West, Up, Down and Within.Â The mothers of the bride and groom read a selection of readings, including excerpts from the traditional 1 Corinthians 13:4 along with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116: “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds…”
NOTES ON DETAIL:Â Chandeen wore a champagne gown with a pale pink sash around the waist to match the accent in her hair and the cream blushed lily behind her ear.Â The bridesmaids chocolate dresses had gold sashes and faux slips.Â Chandeen made lovely marbles with words and pictures inside them to decorate the tables and the entire house.
People came from as far away as Indian and Europe to attend this wedding, and there was so much love and fun that it was contagious.
Jeff’s family celebrated their Portuguese heritage with several lively dances.Â Of course, having spent several years in Woodstock, Chandeen asked us to include some Grateful Dead and Stones for the “hippie” side of the family.Â A plastic pink flamingo circulated the party (a “guest” from the wedding shower) and we played “Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life” as a tribute to Jeff’s passion for Monty Python.
I loved watching Chandeen and Jeff swing dance to Elvis and slow dance to a Portuguese tune.Â I couldn’t understand the words, but heck, I know love when I see it.
Beautiful, moving and engaging for everyone.Â Wonderful!
Photos by JT Sander