This family had been corresponding with me for at least 6 months. They were planning a family vacation at the Coral Stone Club on Seven Mile Beach and they wanted a wedding vow renewal for the couple's 18 wedding anniversary and a Sand Ceremony that each member of the family could participate in.
Having finalised the ceremony with them by email, I met them a week before the ceremony to go over the details. As the family was from Michigan, the colours blue and gold had to be worked in honouring the Wolverines. Go Blue!
I started out by personalising their "Memory Vase" with their names, the location and date.
Both boys then poured their sand. In this part of the ceremony I introduced a new feature.
Both boys were briefed by me earlier and asked to wite a message for their family on a piece of paper which they placed in the vase. They could chose to let their parents know what the message said later, or not, as they chose. The boys also each placed a sea-shell in the vase, another reminder of this special time. For me, the messages and the shells underlined that each Memory Vase is as unique as the family which creates it.
I topped off the Memory Vase with sand scooped from the beach, but I also first read, and then included in the vase the Irish Marriage Blessing (included below). Here we are admiring the finished Memory Vase, I was very pleased with the effect of the sea-shells. Later I will provide the packaging for them to take their special Memory Vase home safely.
"May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward" (Irish Marriage Blessing)