I think I’ve said this before, but I’ve always been a birthweek celebrator. I mean–if a birthDAY is fun and awesome (and it IS!), then how much better would a birthWEEK be? And to be totally honest, the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve actually become a sort of birthMONTH celebrator. (A whole 30 days to celebrate ME?! Yes please!)
So when Kaycie & Alex’s wedding began to turn into a whole weekend affair, I was on board. We Maurer’s are celebrators–the more party the better. And I mean logistically speaking, it’s a bit tricky to do it all in one day anyhow. The closest LDS temple is in Columbia–a whole three hours away. How is it even possible to drive there, do the whole sealing ceremony thing, and drive back PLUS set up and attend a reception in one day? It’s just not.
Plus we are the only Mormons in our family, meaning no one but the immediate six of us could attend the actual wedding (you have to be a member of the Church to enter the temple). So in lieu, Kayc & Alex opted to have a ring ceremony in addition to their sealing ceremony where family and friends not of our faith could still attend a wedding-like event.
So, on the day after they were officially married, and right before the reception, everyone walked down the aisle, our dad officiated, mom sang, and Kayc and Alex exchanged vows and rings, all against the backdrop of the Carolina marshes. Gor-GEOUS.
After the ring ceremony everyone gathered inside for a southern buffet of pulled pork sandwiches, homemade macaroni & cheese, green beans, cornbread, and peach cobbler and dancing. Lotsa dancing. Awwww yeeaah.