We wanted someone we knew to perform the wedding ceremony, so we asked the lovely Beth Dunn if she would do the honors.
I'm sure she will go into some fun detail on her own blog about the official paperwork and character references and gold seals she had to deal with to get the one day commission to do our ceremony! (Plus the lovely, dainty pulse warmer mitts that she made for me, but it was too hot for me to wear them!) Thanks, Beth!
Fun Fact #1: On the Intent To Wed form, Hobo Porch was listed as the facility name and location of the ceremony.
In the picture below, Stuart and I stare/gaze at each other as Beth makes some welcoming remarks to the other five people in attendance: My good friend Su, Stuart's good friend from high school, Bill, and Stuart's three kids, Meredith, Camille and Zach. (Did I do those commas right? That's a hard one.)
It was avery short ceremony. Probably no more than three minutes with the pauses and recitation and laughing! We wanted it to be really simple, so kept it short, sweet and to the point.
I love that we have this shot:
Stuart will be chagrinned that I am telling you this, but the very best part of the wedding was when he got all choked up while saying his vows after putting the ring on my finger. Oh my god, best moment ever. It was like we all held our breath while he gathered himself enough to say the words. My eyes were brimming and my heart was soaring. Love that guy.
And here is when I had to literally shove the ring over his knuckle!
That's Bill's hand there, offering some drips of water to help!
Fun Fact #2: I totally forgot to use my bouquet until well after the ceremony!
Isn't it pretty?
Fuschia and orange roses, dark pink heather and a few stargazer lilies.
(Arrangement by my friend from bikram yoga, Michelle Tokzco who works at Vintage Flowers in Osterville.)
Fun Fact #3 Beth had to tell me "hold your horses" when I leaned in to kiss Stuart after the vows!
And then I finally got my kiss after she pronounced us husband and wife:
Fun Fact #4 Right after hugs went around, I turned to Stuart and said, "Holy shit! We're married!"
Mr. Stuart Schulman and Melissa Averinos-Schulman:
Oh, yeah, the boutonniere! Isn't it great?
Here I am before the ceremony attempting not to skewer my husband-to-be while pinning it to him:
Oh my god, he is so cute!
And now for some miscellaneous pics!
Me and Stuart and the kids: Meredith, Camille, and Zach:
Me and my fiend, Beth:
(Beth, even you have to admit that this is a lovely photo of us!)
Me and my honey:
And Bill, who jumped in front of the camera saying "PHOTO OP!"
Me and my honey again, goofing:
Just a couple more posts about it to come, including the food and Su, decorations and dress! The blog is pretty much going to be our wedding album, so bear with me!
(photos by Beth Dunn, Su Wasseluk and Meredith Schulman)