I am. I will. I do. Some of the simplest words ever spoken, but as responses on a wedding day become some of the most powerful, life changing promises ever made. The momentous occasion of each wedding is never lost on us and when we time and time again say it was an honor to be a part, we mean it so much.
This past Saturday at Historic Acres of Hershey was like no other, only that it was made that much more special as I was reconnecting with a dear high school friend and her family. Lilly and I had so much fun being part of the sunny ceremony, capturing every last detail from the delicious food to the beautifully landscaped grounds of the property, and getting to join in on the crazy dance floor moves. And not only were the bridal party, families, and friends a blast to work with, but each and every vendor who contributed to the day, as well. Needless to say it was a complete joy!
I grew up with Katie so I already knew how sweet of a person she was. When I met Graham for the first time it was obvious how well they were meant for each other. They are the perfect compliment to one another. They first met during the holiday season a few years ago and when Katie made the big move to Massachusetts to be with Graham, she knew he was the one. Fast forward to the February of 2017 where Graham proposed on the beaches of Massachusetts and the adventure of planning a wedding this past year which has brought us to today. They share a love of sports, good food, and good wine and honestly every time I’ve gotten to hang out with them I know there will be tons of laughter.
Below is an excerpt from Reverend Judith’s beautifully worded Historic Acres of Hershey ceremony from Katie and Graham’s wedding day because I think it is so worth sharing the message with all of you.
“Katie and Graham, your love for each other has brought you to this point of wanting to make a life-long commitment but as the years pass by, you must continue to choose to love each other, because contrary to the fairy tales, love is not a feeling which just happens, but rather it is a verb of choice which must be made anew each and every day.
Choose to love when times are good, and life is easy. But also choose to love when times are not so good, and life is more challenging…
Choose to love when anger is easier. And most importantly, choose to forgive, even before you are asked to forgive. Choose to be friends, and choose to be lovers because as you walk through this journey of life, it will be easier if you have beside you, the one you choose this day…
You will need to nurture your relationship with things such as kindness, honesty and gentleness. Care for each other, and choose to speak often the words of love to one another. And be romantic, even when routine comes easily, so never forget to kiss each other hello and good-bye, and continue to cook dinners together and share a fine wine or walk on the beach together…
Practice joy and contentment, even if you don’t have everything you want in life, because true joy does not come with acquiring all you desire, but in being content with what you have, creating your own fun and excitement…
And embrace your love not only for each other, but for your newly expanded families, for from them you will gather strength, encouragement and wisdom…
Each of us is born, and each must die, here in the middle is what we call a lifetime. The two of you are vowing to spend the remainder of that lifetime in relationship with each other. May your years together be many and blessed so that in the end you both will say “I had the BEST TIME growing old with you.”
Ah. We could not have said it better. So as you check out the rest of this journal entry I pray that you choose love. All day. Everyday. In whatever capacity that looks like for you.
Choosing love with you!
Special thanks to all of the vendors:
Venue | Historic Acres of Hershey
Coordinator | Mx2 Event Design
Florals | Sarah’s Floral Designs
DJ | Klock Entertainment
Catering | Rettews Catering
Videography | Moving Memories Video
Dress | Justin Alexander
Brides Shoes | Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses | Bill Levkoff
Junior Bridesmaid Dress | Christina Wu
Bride’s Boutique | Bride N Belle Boutique
Bridesmaids’ Boutique | Cocoa Couture Bridal
Suit | Indochino
Hair + MKUP | Downstreet Salon
Officiant | Reverend Judith Guasch
Graphic Design | Minted Weddings
Favors | Hershey’s
Welcome Sign | Oaky Designs
Ceremony Music | Cherrywood Ensemble
Bartending | Good Spirits Lancaster