Special "Hands" Ceremony for Maryland Couple

This couple from Baltimore, Maryland staying at Plantation Village had been corresponding with me for some time as they wanted some very specific things included in their wedding ceremony.

I wrote a new ceremony for them using their suggestions, which I was very pleased with. It was
the first time I have seen the following incorporated into the wedding vows
"I promise to take care of myself so that I can live a long and healthy life with you."


The wedding had to be postponed for 24 hours because a summer storm came in unexpectedly and the sky was black! The next day was perfect for their sunset wedding as you can see. I even persuaded my husband to come along as a witness, here we are toasting the newly-weds!

I was so pleased with the ceremony I am creating a new ceremony to use with other couples using the "Hands" reading below

"These are the hands of your best friend
They are holding yours on your wedding day
As you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, and as you share your secrets and dreams. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick and console you when you are grieving. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, whether tears of joy or sorrow. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. These are the hands that will be teachers to all of your children, and the hands that will hold each new child and love them and protect them. May these hands always reach out with love, tenderness and respect May these hands continue to build a loving relationship that lasts a lifetime. Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realised. May these hands always be held by one another. May they have the strength to hold on during the storms of every day life. May they remain tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love."


My Secret Cove was almost completely washed away by the storm, (hopefully this is temporary, and the sand will shift back soon) so we had to move the ceremony, but the waves were still strong. This beautiful sunset was worth waiting for.

Jump, jump for your love!

A quiet moment at the end of the afternoon!

Ceremony and arrangements by Joy of Simply Weddings, flowers by Trisha's Roses, photos by Luis Vallencillo