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Monday, December 19, 2011

Ceremony Part IV: The Sand Ceremony

Getting the shadow box set up and ready.
Sand Ceremony
Jon: Today, this loving relationship will be symbolized through the pouring of these two individual vessels of sand. They symbolize your separate lives, separate families, and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you’ll ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. 

Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. When the two are blended together they represent an entirely new and extraordinary love relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.

As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. 

[Philip and Tara alternate pouring sand into the container]

The life that each of you have experienced until now, individually, will hereafter be inseparably united, for the two shall become one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual vessels, so will your marriage be.

I couldn't help but giggle through this.  As you can see from the photo, the picture of us started to come away from the glass in places and it allowed some sand to go in front of the picture instead of behind.  My awesome parents were able to fix it for me when we were on our honeymoon, but unfortunately, the sand shifted again in travel home.  So, now I have to find time to fix it again!  Needless to say, our sand ceremony box is not displayed in our home yet!   [Photo courtesy of Philip's mom]
To be continued!

Photos courtesy of Howie Hartman of Double H Media (unless otherwise stated).

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