Sharing our sweet and personal church ceremony and bubble-filled exit on our wedding day!
After a relatively relaxing and glorious morning of getting ready at my home, we arrived at the First Baptist Church of Vero Beach and waited in the children’s Sunday school classroom for all of the guests tot arrive. You could probably say that our wedding ceremony was what Johnny and I put the most intentional thought and energy into during the wedding planning process. In a way we wanted to showcase that it is possible to have a short and sweet (under half an hour), yet incredibly powerful and meaningful religious ceremony, without it feeling boring or stuffy as church can sometimes get a reputation for. And ultimately, I think we achieved this, which looking back I feel like was our biggest accomplishment of the day.
Preparing for the Ceremony
We prepared for the ceremony all year leading up to our wedding. Our officiant was Alexandra Kaval, my Christian life coach, and we went through engagement coaching with her throughout our entire engagement. I’ve been working with her for the past six+ years, and then Johnny got to know her well over the course of our engagement coaching, so we decided to take the chance and ask her to marry us. To our joy she said yes and then was incredibly dedicated to bringing our vision of a God-centered, heartfelt, and spiritual ceremony to life. She was the guiding force in our engagement and the crafting of our ceremony, and we truly couldn’t have done it without her.
Out of everything on the wedding day, we received the most compliments from our guests on how much they loved the ceremony, which was exactly what we had hoped would happen. We even wrote and read our own vows, and yet felt so prepared, at ease, and filled with God’s love throughout the entire time inside the church. We still talk about it and how incredible it was to be able to share such a personal service with all of our friends and family.
Our Church Exit
We exited the church to all of our friends and family making an aisle and blowing bubbles with heart-shaped bubble wands everywhere. I even had a few friends go crazy with the bubble guns, which we somehow resurrected from my bachelorette. 😂 With Jacqueline’s help with my train, Johnny and I got into my mom’s Moke and drove away down the street. We thought we were supposed to wait around the corner for the buses of guests to leave before we returned to the church, so we ended up waiting a longer time than we were supposed to until our wedding coordinator, Anna, drove over to us to tell us to come back to the church. It ended up being a funny miscommunication that allowed Johnny and I to have even more time together.
I also really need to do an entire other post on the wedding music throughout the day, but I can tell you that we started the ceremony by having our string quartet play Taylor Swift’s “Love Story,” and then we ended our reception with the band playing “Love Story” as the encore song. You know I love a full circle moment.
Our Wedding Vendors
Church: First Baptist Church of Vero Beach // Reception Venue: @ji_club // Catering & Cake: @ji_club // Coordination: @annacarolineweddings // Band: @theheadlinersband // String Quartet: @luxeharmonyllc // Officiant: @gracespacechristiancoaching // Tent: @sperrytents // Florals: @hutchinsonsfloral // Linens: @nuagedesignsinc, @bbjlatavola // Rentals: @achairaffair, @orlandosparklersse // Photography: @joseph.rogero // Videography: @eriksoncorbin // Dress: @dylanparientyparis // Shoes: Jimmy Choo (wedding) // Jewelry: vintage necklace, Asha earrings (wedding) // Hair & Makeup: @cindygoetzmakeupartist & @lindsaynaffzigerstylist // Stationery: @ashleyd_studio, @emilymccarthyshoppe, @anne_vallette // After Party DJ: @wearetraxxentertainment // Transportation: BTM Motorcoach