Alyssa and Byron chose to celebrate the anniversary of the first time they kissed and said the words 'I love you' out loud with a wedding ceremony publicly affirming their continued love and commitment.
Seven children dressed in white and waving ribbon wands, lead the bride and groom to the ceremonial arch. The ceremony celebrated their deep connection of friendship, their passion for art and creating, their family and their shared dreams for the future ahead. They quoted from Kermit and The Muppets "life's like a movie, write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending ..." and that is exactly what they intend to keep doing.
The children carried with them scrolls, each bearing a precious gift; the gift of music, of love, of laughter, the gift of friendship, the gift of wonder, of unity and the gift of fulfilment. Each child was called up in turn and the gifts were read aloud to the bride and groom.
Some way through the ceremony a baby brown snake slithered over the feet of the groom who was unshod - all those gathered gasped in horror and then breathed a sigh of relief as we watched the snake disappear without incident. Throughout history snakes have had many legends surrounding them, linking them to creation, fertility, transformation, life force and primal energy. The snake is a powerful and positive symbol, a protector and guardian. It is said that if a snake comes into your life your creative forces are awakening, your intuition will strengthen and be more accurate ... Alyssa and Byron, what a wonderful portent for your future as you ready yourselves to move to France to pursue your creative career together!
|The 'wand wavers' and 'gift givers'|
Photos curtesy Andy
|On a deeper level a snake shedding it's skin symbolizes death and rebirth,
an idea which is depicted by the image of a snake swallowing its own
tail, a symbol of eternity.|
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