Big Sur Wedding Ceremony
Big Sur Wedding Ceremony
With Tara and Chris it was love at first sight, and not just for them, but for the three of us too! They hired me one the spot for their Big Sur wedding ceremony. Here's how the bride described it: “From the moment I found Naomi on WeddingWire, I knew she was the officiant for us. I showed her to Chris, and he immediately agreed. She was meant for us. Chris and I were both anxious and excited to have an in-person meeting with her to see if she would be a good fit for our ceremony. From the moment we sat down together, I felt such a strong connection. She has such a presence about her... she is honest and true, strong but gentle, and has a way of asking questions that makes you feel so comfortable telling her your life story.”
Chris and Tara have a way of adopting people, and making them feel warm and welcome. They certainly made me feel that way. They included me on their wedding signage, got me a corsage, and invited me to stay on for their wedding reception.
Early on in their ceremony, which took place at the Big Sur River Inn, I invited everyone to greet each other with a hug, hand shake or high five so that everyone could feel cohesive and connected as a community. Old friends reunited, new connections were established, and an environment of inclusivity and camaraderie was instantly created. I later told their particular hero/heroine journey, from how they met, got pregnant, had a baby, broke up, and got back together. I also shared about the loving, affectionate, respectful, and laughter-filled home they'd since created together.
Tara and Chris both agreed that the best thing they’s ever done was bringing their now 2 year old daughter Rose into this world, and so before they made their vows to one another, they made some special vows to Rose (who by the way really stole the show.)
To close the ceremony, I offered blessings to Tara and Chris and to their family. At their request, I included this excerpt from an Apache marriage blessing: “Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.”
Photos by Maria Newman Photography.