The ceremony was to take place next to the pond. Perfect spot! Guests gathered on the lawn, taking off their sweaters and shawls to bask in the warm sunshine as they took their seats. In perfect synchronicity, John and the bridal party walked down the aisle to an instrumental rendition of “Here Comes the Sun.”
John’s face lit up when Ali came into view! It was as if they hadn’t experienced a first look at all. A certain level of giddiness that touched his entire face. Their officiant, Maria (who did the most incredible job), welcomed everyone and began to tell the story of Ali and John. She said they met at the end of the bar at Sonny’s in Portland and gave each other the ultimate chance. These two shared something with each other that night - on a whim, a happenstance; and it brought their entire lives together. They spoke of their love for dogs and Ali’s love for dogs. In fact, the officiant shared a poem called, “Love is like Owning a Dog.” It was perfect for these dog parents.
As we mentioned earlier - Ali’s dress was one of the favorites of the year…as was this ceremony!
The vows held our attention & we couldn’t help but soak up every word.
John began explaining how important family was to him. He wanted someone who was strong and self sufficient; someone who was his equal partner. He found these qualities in Ali. He gazed lovingly at Ali as he told her he looked forward to starting a family and that she would be be an incredible mom to their future kids. He chuckled as he told her that she embraced all of who he was. He promised to work on his listening skills and to get ice cream with her whenever she was craving it. He ended with, “I promise to say ‘I love you’ everyday -because there won’t be a day in my life that I don’t.”
Ali was next, holding her vows and beaming at John. She shared that he was just too good to be true. He embraced the crazy adoration and love she had for her dogs. She thanked him for climbing her walls and revealing her worth. He helped lessen her fear of the future. She confessed that she was a stronger person because of John being in her life. She ended with, “I vow to be yours -always yours for the rest of my life.”
Once they were pronounced husband and wife they shared a kiss- smiles widening as they turned to face their loved ones. They walked up the aisle to the proud clapping and whistling of their family and friends. Ali and John, along with their bridal party and family headed to edge of the field for a few photos. John’s family had everyone laughing with their photo antics. We’re not mentioning any names -cough Susan and Luke cough -father like daughter they say. The Muzzy Clan was lucky to gain one more and it was clear Ali fit right in with Susan, Todd, and John. Once all the photos were finished Ali and John grabbed a drink and headed to mingle and greet their guests.
We loved that they made time before the ceremony for photos so that after they could have more time to spend visiting with guests!