Pneuma Center: Pets in Weddings: "We recently officiated a delightful backyard wedding ceremony where the ring bearer was the couple’s well-behaved Jack Russell terrier, Sam...."
Monday, August 8, 2011
As tears welled up in their eyes Maria and James told us that their decision to get married was a bittersweet moment in their lives. A couple of years prior to when we first met them Maria had been diagnosed with bone cancer. Her prognosis at the time was not encouraging, but there was a ray of hope. Maria was able to obtain two specially-trained “service dogs”—Rosie and Max—that would be with her as constant companions, giving her comfort and aid in doing certain simple tasks that would eventually become harder and harder for her to do on her own. By the time she and James met, Maria and the dogs had become inseparable.
At the ceremony, Rosie and Max took their positions and—like Sam—played out their roles to perfection. Thanks to a close friend who was in the costume business, Rosie was dressed in a maid of honor outfit and Max was dressed in a best man tux. Rosie and Max were an essential part of the ceremony and everyone present at the ceremony knew it—including Max and Rosie!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
So, what is a Goldfish Unity Bowl and how did it turn out for Cindy and Matt? First, I should explain that we had never seen or heard of such a thing as a Goldfish Unity Bowl, but the label hints at what it involves. In a nutshell, it is a variation of the Unity Candle ceremony, but with fish and fishbowls rather than flames and candles.
If you’ve been to more than a few weddings you have likely been to at least one where a Unity Candle was lit by the bride and groom to signify the blending of their separate lives and families. There are variations, but typically the Unity Candle is lit near the middle of the ceremony from two taper candles that were lit by the mothers when they are escorted in. In terms of wedding history it is a fairly recent ritual. It is thought to have originated in the 1930s and was controversial at the time since it did not fit with tradition.