This Kentucky wedding was really easy to fall in love with. First of all, the ceremony was held picnic style. Yep, total cuteness. Second, the bride and groom are madly in love with each other and both have that glowy, hopelessly smitten look which I love so very much. And third, the wedding style is pretty much as gorgeous as you can get with pink and red flowers, bright turquoise bridesmaids dresses (which they had made), a wedding gown that is as sexy as it is timeless and little handmade details that are all about the charm. All in all, definitely a new fav.
My husband is from El Salvador so we added bits and pieces of Salvadorian tradition to our big day. Since some of his family doesn't speak English the ceremony was bilingual, done by the pastor of a Hispanic church I attended through college. The invitations and programs were also bilingual. During our ceremony instead of a Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony we had the traditional Salvadorian Rope Ceremony. In the rope ceremony the bride and the groom kneel and two people close to them (we chose our fathers) come and place a rope in a figure 8 over their shoulders symbolizing unity, or being yoked together. Then they pray over the couple. Instead of using a rope we used a long strand of pearls.
For our grand exit, since we didn't really want anything thrown at us, we decided to give our guests ribbon sticks. I searched and searched online for them, and after a few weeks of coming up dry one of my bridesmaids offered to make them...and so we did! We went to Lowe's and bought dow rods and (my father) cut them into thirds leaving each one about 16 inches long. I got online and ordered 1 inch thick organza ribbon on aqua, red and white (wedding colors) and when it came in we cut them down to 20 inch pieces and began assembling the ribbon sticks! We found that the easiest way to attach them was to put a dot of hot glue at the top point of the dow rod, then tie a loose knot at the end of the ribbon and tighten it over the top (where the glue was). They were fun to make, fairly easy and made for beautiful pictures! We opted to do our grand exit from the wedding instead of after the reception so there would still be some daylight, and so that everyone could participate.