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Golden Hour

On wedding day, there are so many moments for the couple touched by miracles and magic. Wedwordy, of course, believes one of those moments is the ceremony itself when couples and their officiant compose their words of love! Another fabulous moment is the “golden hour”. If the couple is fortunate to host their celebration at a venue with picturesque views, photographers will whisk the couple away in the moments just before the sun sets. Its orange glow, just as it begins to hide behind the hills and trees, becomes a beautiful light for the newyweds. Truly, a golden hour.

Check out our friend Michelle Hewitt’s website at Valley Images Photography and let her tell your story of love, romance, and friendship in pictures.

Photographer | @valleyimagesphotography
Planning, Coordination, Ribbon & Officiant | @tanweddingsandevents
Ceremony Words | @wedwordy
Catering, Bar & Cake | @andersonfamilycatering
Desserts | @zestfreshpastry
HMUA | Brittany Wright @lea_bgorgeous
DJ & Lighting | @deborbaevents
Florals | @wildflowersdesigngroup
Rentals | @standardpartyrentals
Linens | @latavolalinen
Venue | @themapleswoodland
Dress | @justinalexander from @miosabride

Freedom to Personalize

Christina + Matt | Ryan Greenleaf | Wedwordy

Your love is as unique as the two of you, so why shouldn’t your ceremony words be unique as well? Wedwordy gives you the freedom to compose your custom wedding ceremony script. Christina and Matt, with their officiant, created a very personal ceremony by including the Ritual of the Tea Ceremony, a Shout Out of Support, and Sharing of Personal Vows – all passages available in Wedwordy! Then, they asked their officiant to find them a Chinese poem to reflect their love, which he added in as a beautiful closing blessing to wish the couple well in their adventure together.

Photography | @ryangreenleaf
Planning, Coordination, Design, Florals & Officiant | @tanweddingsandevents
Ceremony Script | @wedwordy
Venue, Catering, Bar & Accommodations | @parkwinters
HMUA | @pdartistry
Videography | @daxvictorinofilms
Rentals | @blossomfarmvintagerentals @standardpartyrentals
Linens | @latavolalinen
Band | @notoriousrocks
Cake | @graceandgusto
Guitar | @michaelseanmiller
Dress | @helenmillerbridal

A Friend Officiates at Villa De Nardi

Taylar and Cameron initially planned an elopement in the redwood grove along Putah Creek in Davis, CA. On their visit, instead of seeing the serene water, the creek was emptied due to construction!  Their planner Tan Weddings & Events managed a great plan B when the party was moved to Villa De Nardi in Winters, CA.

Villa De Nardi ended up being the perfect space for the guests, with the garden for the ceremony, and dinner under the lights on the main reception space. Gold flecked doughnuts, handcrafted place cards, vintage tableware, and lush florals made for gorgeous summer nuptials and some of the prettiest tablescapes we’ve ever seen!

Their friend Ashley Cliver officiated for the couple, and with the convenience of the Wedwordy app, created a meaningful and personal ceremony.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Melissa Babasin Photography
VENUE | Ville De Nardi
OFFICIANT | Ashely Cliver
VIGNETTE PLANNING, DESIGN, HARP | Tan Weddings and Events
CATERING | Gesche’s Gourmet
HMUA | Polished by Paigey
ENTERTAINMENT | Brian Wolfe Events
FLORALS | Galeazi’s Floral Design
RENTALS | Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals | Cherry’s Very Vintage Rentals | Firehouse Entertainment | La Tavola
CAKE | Batter Up Cakery

I Do’s and a Donkey

Pheasant Trek at Dunnigan Hills sits on 80 acres of olive trees and vineyards with pastures for grazing cattle and a pen for cute miniature donkeys! So there’s plenty of room for 200 wedding guests to enjoy the pastoral setting at this working Yolo County ranch estate.

Owned by a charismatic wife-and-daughter team who run a global cattle business, Pheasnt Trek became the site of a styled shoot coordinated by Tan Weddings & Events. When principal planner Jennifer Tan met with the owners, it sparked the excitement of showcasing this northern California ranch as a wedding venue.

With your wedding script powered by Wedwordy, you can have a wedding amidst the rolling crop land of California, with the occassional bray of a donkey.

Photography & Videography | XSiGHT Productions Inc.
Planning, Coordination & Design | Tan Weddings & Events
Florals & Design | Strelitzia Flower Company
Venue | Pheasant Trek at Dunnigan Hills
Rentals | Celebrations! Party RentalsFirehouse EntertainmentBlossom Farm Vintage Rentals
HMUA | Veronica Marshall DV Beauty
Jewelry | Renewable Jewels
Cake | Khacek Confections
Signage | Emily Murphey Designs
Acrylic Invitation Suite & Menu | Swoonable
Dress| Watters from Misosa Bride
Models | Kevin Alston & Cathleen Whitlock

Love is More Thicker than Forget – Romantic Poetry for Weddings

Styled Shoot of Bride in the UC Davis Arobretum Holding Bouquet

Poetry adds a measure of literary pizazz to a wedding ceremony script. Choose one that speaks your heart and meets the tone of your wedding. Wedwordy has one of e.e. cummings famous poems called “Love is More Thicker than Forget” about how love is as essential and natural as the sky, and as unbridled an emotion as sanity.

Simply add the the element: Poem | Reading and select this title from over 12 different readings and poems! And when you have a special poem not on our list, Wedwordy lets you easily upload your own content.

love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail
it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea
love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive
it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

Photo credit | Dee & Kris Photography

Florals | Bloom & Vine

Ritual of Pouring the Tea in a Wedding Ceremony

Pouring Tea | Wedwordy | Vicens Forns Photography

The tea ritual at a wedding often precedes the ceremony. Members of the family, relatives, and close friends partake of tea poured by the couple. It is a custom predominantly performed in eastern cultures. It symbolizes the flow of blessings – prosperity and gratitude, health and humility, longevity and eternal peace. It can last upwards of 45 minutes, so it needs a bit of logistical planning to fit into the wedding day timeline!

Ordained ministers Rick and Jennifer Tan of Tan Weddings & Events created words for the tea ritual that fit and flow beautifully WITHIN the wedding ceremony. The words honor the couple’s gratitude for their parents’ unconditional love, a model of love and support. Tea is prepared ahead of time and presented in a tea pot with cups on a tray, placed at a draped table near the officiant. In the ceremony, the tea is poured by the couple and given to the parents/grandparents. While the ritual retains all the symbolism of the longer, more traditional version, the Pouring of Tea ritual in the ceremony takes about 5-6 minutes to perform.

Interested in adding a tea ritual in your ceremony? You’ll find it in the Wedwordy app > Gratitude Rituals > Pouring of Tea. Simply select it and drop it into your ceremony, typically placed following the Greeting. Enjoy!

Planner | Tan Weddings & Events

Photography | Vicens Forns

Venue | Harvest Inn

Florals | Bloom & Vine

Cake | Batter Up Cakery

Makeup | I Make Beautiful

Entertainment | Brian Wolfe Events

Wedding Words for a Vow Renewal

Couples use Wedwordy for wording for vow renewals.

Vow renewal ceremonies are extra special! It is a celebration of love that lives through the vows promised from wedding day, and continues to strengthen with each passing day. For some couples, it may be celebrated as a family, where the children are present. There may be guests from their wedding day who are amazed at how time flies and how love never dies. A vow renewal, or an affirmation of commitment ceremony, has wording available in Wedwordy!

Just choose the Vow Renewal template. The couple may use the script with its beautifully-written default passages, or they may personalize it further by selecting other available Wedwordy passages, edit the wording, or import other content for infinite possibilities.

Here is an excerpt from the Pronouncement element in the Vow Renewal template:

“Your marriage is a testament to the enduring power of love, blessed with the abundance of love that surrounds you, and lifts you, and celebrates with you. So it is with great honor that, on this glorious day, I affirm your everlasting commitment as partners in life!”

 

Photo of Rick and Jennifer at their 20th anniversary celebration – with lavender and halo-halo at their feet | Ron Tan Photography

My Best Friend’s Wedding 101

A young couple talking with their officiant during their wedding ceremony

Are you officiating your friend’s wedding but have no idea where to begin? Are you nervous that you might stumble or say the wrong thing? Whether you are a professional or ordained online, Wedwordy is a unique tool to help guide individuals in customizing the perfect words for the wedding ceremony.

Julian, a close friend of Briana and Jonathan, officiated their wedding using our app Wedwordy in order to create an endearing ceremony that was a perfect representation of the couple’s love for one another. He began with the “secular” template and added excerpts from the Elements Library such as the “Story of Admiration,” which described three elements the couple adores about each other. With over 80 passages to choose from, you have the option of enhancing your voice and adding a splash of your own personality.

Here is an excerpt chosen by the beloved couple:

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

Why stress? Use Wedwordy today!

Do you want to learn more? Check out this video, Pro Tips on How to Run a Wedding Rehearsal, by clicking the link below!

 

    Photography | Liz Zimbelman Photography

Planning, Coordination & Design | Tan Weddings & Events

Catering | Anderson Family Catering

Cake & Desserts | Above & Beyond Cakes

HMUA | I Make Beautiful

Florals | Wild Flowers Design Group

DJ | Function 45

Lighting | Deborba Events

Videography | Phillip Alan Film

Officiant |Julian Walker

Rentals | Mimi & Co., La Tavola, Celebrations, Standard Party Rentals, Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals

Venue | Flower Farm Inn

Dress |Maggie Sottero Designs from Miosa Bride

 

 

 

We Love the Oathing Stone Ritual

Oathing stone image for unity ritual for Wedwordy, photo by XSiGHT

A wonderful couple in northern California had requested a special unity ritual to be shared in their wedding ceremony. When Kali and Chase explained to Reverend Rick Tan of Tan Weddings & Events about the significance of the oathing stones, he was super excited to incorporate it into their wedding ceremony script! The ritual originated in Scotland where couples would lay their hands on a giant stone as they professed their love and exchanged their vows. In the ceremony, a giant boulder would be unwieldy, so a smooth river stone was used and passed through all the guests’ hands before ending up with the couple, just in time for their exchange of vows – so beautiful!

Now, Wedwordy includes it our growing library of fabulous passages. You can find it in the element Unity Rituals. When you compose your wedding ceremony draft, go to the Elements Library, choose Unity Ritual, drag it into your ceremony (we recommend following the Greeting), click “Save Draft” to update the new ceremony flow, then scroll through the Unity Ritual passages for Oathing Stone. Select and save it, and it’s now in your wedding ceremony script!

Photo Credit | XSiGHT

Wedwordy on Wedding Chicks

A couple that used Wedwordy to compose their ceremony script standing outside in a California pine forest

Wedding Chicks is nearing 2 million followers on FaceBook, so you can understand our extreme elation as featured guests! The online uber wedding resource provides couples with lots and lots of inspiration for their wedding day. We are excited to know their readership will learn more about Wedwordy, as it has much to offer in composing personalized wedding words from the processional to the pronouncement. Engagement season is here, and couples will want to know they have an app that will help them with writing their wedding ceremony script!

Check out Wedwordy on Wedding Chicks: Write Your Own Ceremony with Wedwordy. The post has a bit of background info about the app, three sample scripts generated and personalized from the app, and a list of helpful advice for starting your wedding ceremony words.

Photo Credit | Nicole Sepulveda-Smith, XSiGHT