There aren’t many weddings that I would perform the day before my own. In fact, I think Melissa and Jonathan would be my only exception! They wanted a simple, sweet, and FUN ceremony – and just happened to be getting married at Paisano’s Restaurant, within walking distance of my house.
It was a smaller wedding, which meant it was perfect to include a ring warming ritual. We passed Melissa and Jonathan’s rings around the room, allowing time for each guest to hold them, warm them, and imbue them with happy wishes and thoughts for the couple’s marriage. It’s one of my favorite rituals, and a really sweet and wonderful way to create an inclusive and intimate feeling with a ceremony.
Their love story was full of laughs, and a special mention of their dog, too. At the end, together, Melissa and Jonathan broke a glass, a Jewish custom that is usually reserved for the room. This was to symbolize how Melissa and Jonathan would be equals in their marriage, forming a partnership of support for each other.
Dan and I had to dash off immediately after the ceremony, so we could head up to New York state to get married! Melissa and Jonathan, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding ceremony!
Photos are courtesy of the bride and groom.