Our ceremony was a short, simple, secular affair at the same venue as the reception. I met our celebrant, Julie Carlton, through some work that I did for her, and she was great in helping us sort through the many, many options in writing your own ceremony. We ended up going for something short and heartfelt without being too sappy. We decided to only have one reading in the end, and had our lovely friend Bec surprise us with a reading of her choice – she read ‘I carry your heart with me’ by e. e. cummings, which was beautiful.
We wrote and read out our own very simple vows for the ceremony (I have to admit I did just sort of take The Boy’s vows and paraphrase them, they were that good). I was a bit concerned that some of my very Catholic family members would find the complete lack of religious ceremony or references a little offensive, but some of them came up to me after and told me that it was a nice change to have a short ceremony instead of a full mass!
Just before it was time to walk down the aisle, it was my maid of honour, Miss T, who was freaking out and me who had to tell her to breathe and be calm! We didn’t have any practice runs but everyone did marvelously at winging it. It was all over so quickly, but will definitely be one of my most precious memories.