On Saturday, May 25, 2013, I was again at the Westin Resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina. As I have previously mentioned, I totally love this venue. You can find more information about it by clicking here. Julia and her team at The Westin were attentive to every detail of this wedding.
This was the wedding of Jennifer Weaver and Nick Cerutti. The ceremony was set to take place on the beach. Two of the bride’s nieces did a reading and sang a song. They had beautiful bouquets made of seashells.
The absolute best thing about this wedding was the involvement of the groom’s son, Nicholas, and the bride’s son, Owen. Here is a portion of the ceremony which included the sons:
Family Blessing with the Children
As Jenny and Nick join their lives as one, they create not only a new marriage relationship, but also a new family, which is legally recognized. This family now has a pledge of their love and commitment to each other, so today they do again pledge their eternal love and commitment to each other as a family.
(Rev. Joe calls Nicholas and Owen forward)
Nicholas, Do you promise to accept and love Owen as your own and to protect and love him for the rest of your life. Do you promise to do your best to guide and support him – and to respect him enough to allow him to see the world through his own eyes?”
(I Will )
Jennifer, Do you promise to accept and love Nick as your own and to protect and love him for the rest of your life. Do you promise to do your best to guide and support him – and to respect him enough to allow him to see the world through his own eyes?”
(I Will )
Now, Owen and Nick, Do you promise to support their marriage and your new family?
Do you promise to accept the responsibility of being their children, and to encourage them and support them in your new life together?”
((Unity Sand with entire family is done at this point))
Let us pray,
Almighty God, we give you thanks for the blessings of family life. We ask that you watch over the family created in this marriage. May the home they create always be a place of sanctuary, peace, and blessing. May this family always strive to bring out the best in themselves and each other. May they remain in your loving protection now and always. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Owen and Nick return to their places)
This was a beautiful moment in this family, a moment I will long remember.
Thank you, Jennifer and Nick, for letting me share this special moment in your life. May God bless you and your family.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Nick and Jennifer Cerutti!