This couple’s journey began with a school field trip to the Lapeer County Courthouse. They chose this as the location of their wedding several years later. It is a beautiful historic building with the jury box and judge’s chamber behind the judges seat with twin winding stair cases. We can see why this lovely couple wanted to tie the knot here. “All witnesses rise” was for the bride this time instead of the judge! Our best to you both!
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
This lovely couple live in Texas, but most of their family live in Lapeer County, so they decided to get married in their home town of Almont. The First Congregational Church graciously allowed us to use their gorgeous historical church for this wedding. Long distance planning was not a problem as we communicated often. This picture is one shot out of a second story stained glass window while the newlyweds were being greeted by their guests with a bubble blast.
If you are planning on your wedding for 2013,
the time to book your wedding minister is NOW! We had to sadly turn away so many couples last summer for
waiting too long to contract us for their ceremony.
So, if you have your date, let us get you on our calendar. We would really hate to miss your big day!
They chose to have a Christian ceremony, but wanted to include some of the Jewish traditions:
The wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah (canopy), a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together. It is open on all sides, just as Abraham and Sarah had their tent open all sides to welcome people in unconditional hospitality.
Breaking the Glass
A glass is now placed on the floor, and the chatan shatters it with his foot. This serves as an expression of sadness at the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, and identifies the couple with the spiritual and national destiny of the Jewish people. A Jew, even at the moment of greatest rejoicing, is mindful of the Psalmist’s injunction to “set Jerusalem above my highest joy.”
The incorporation of these made this sacred ritual even more so and all the families were happy with the ceremony. This couple plans to make a trip to Israel as part of an excavation project this winter. That makes this entire journey come full circle. We pray for peace and protection and great memories for this special couple that chose to share their day with us. Congratualtions and “Mazel Tov!”