+ The Magical hidden moments within your wedding day | Maine Wedding Officiant

The Magical Hidden Moments within your Wedding Day |Gateway Celebrations, Maine Wedding Officiant

As the saying goes, “Just open your eyes, there is magic everywhere in disguise.” As a professional wedding Officiant, I do my best to go above and beyond to be there for my clients. With that, I check into their venue early on wedding day to ensure our plans flow smoothly, I am there to support them in times of overwhelm and to greet some of their guest with a big smile and good energy. I often get to see or hear about so many of the special little moments in between all of the big ones. When you create the timeline for your wedding day, you have an opportunity to build in time and space for magic to happen. I’m not talking about an extra hour for portraits or cocktail hour (though those can be magical too), but in allowing time and space to take things slow so that you have the freedom to pause and soak in all of the little things…

Embracing the Magic on your Wedding Day

In honor of all of the little moments I’ve been lucky enough to bear witness to, I’m sharing a list of just some of the incredibly special, yet hidden moments that can be found throughout your wedding day in hopes that this will inspire and remind you to slow down, embrace the magic and collect even more unforgettable moments to look back on when remembering one of the best days of your life.

  1. When you peek out of the window of your getting ready room to see the first guest arriving and it starts to feel so real….
  2. Delivering a last minute love note to your fiance…
  3. Reading the vows you’ve so carefully written for your fiance, one last time to be sure you’ve nailed each and every word to express how you truly feel…
  4.  The quiet anticipation just before you walk down the aisle or take your place at the altar…
  5. A member of your wedding party cracking jokes to help calm your nerves over almost forgetting your boutonniere, bouquet or chewing gum…
  6. The look on your guest’s faces when they see you for the first time on your wedding day and wish they could hug you right then and there…
  7. The look on your fiance’s face when they first lay eyes on you…
  8. When you whisper sweet things to your fiance during the ceremony that no one else but I can hear…
  9. The way your grandparents are so subtle with their emotions, though they have years of pride built up to this moment…
  10. After signing your marriage license, your witnesses and I sneak away so that you can soak in being ‘married’ for a few moments alone before going back to celebrate with all your friends and family…

The Magical Hidden Moments within your Wedding Day | Maine Wedding Officiant

There are so very few moments in life where you have the opportunity to be surprised as well as, slow down to see the magic in the little things… I always encourage my clients to do this as much as possible whether it be through writing their own vows, escaping for a moment alone, creating a relaxed timeline and environment on their wedding day and more…. One of the most frequent things I hear from my newly married couples is, “I can’t believe how quickly it all flew by!”

I hope you savor it.

Cheers,

Vivianna

 

Featured Photos by: Brittney Fairfield Photography 

+ Love on the rocks in Acadia Maine

A Picturesque Downeast Maine Wedding | Gateway Celebrations, Maine Wedding Officiant

I’ll never grow tired of love stories or the views they take me to… As a professional wedding Officiant, my client’s bring me to some of the most beautiful places in New England to Officiate their wedding with none other than, nature’s backdrop. Brynn & Logan’s Sullivan Harbor, Maine wedding took place at a quaint Downeast estate that felt like their childhood family home, with the most picturesque view of Cadillac mountain in the distance as they exchanged their vows and it could not have been more perfect in every way.  Continue reading “A Picturesque Downeast Maine Wedding | Gateway Celebrations, Maine Wedding Officiant”

+ Unconventional Date Ideas | Gateway Celebrations

Get Inspired to Connect on a Deeper Level| Gateway Celebrations, Maine Wedding Officiant

As a professional Wedding Officiant, I meet a variety of couples from all different walks of life. I’m always asking them a myriad of questions with the intention of diving beneath the surface to learn more about their story and how they got here… They range from simple everyday things to deeply personal ponderings that give opportunity for my clients to connect with each other in areas they may not think to pursue on their own. Continue reading “Get Inspired to Connect on a Deeper Level| Gateway Celebrations, Maine Wedding Officiant”

+ Reasons to renew your Marriage Vows and say, "yes!" again

7 reasons you should renew your Marriage Vows | Gateway Celebrations, Maine Wedding Officiant

As a Professional Wedding Officiant, most of my clients have never been married before. It’s normal that at times, they feel nervous, anxious and unsure of what to expect as they are walking a path that is entirely new to them. Thankfully, they have my expertise and support though, I know that unfortunately this may not have been the case for you when you got married… Continue reading “7 reasons you should renew your Marriage Vows | Gateway Celebrations, Maine Wedding Officiant”

+ Wedding party on a boat in Maine

An elegant coastal Maine Wedding |Gateway Celebrations, Maine Wedding Officiant

On a gorgeously sunny day in August, I made my way up the coast to one of my favorite quintessential Maine towns. As a professional wedding Officiant, I go above and beyond to offer my clients peace of mind that everything will run smoothly on their wedding day. I took a road trip to Camden, Maine a day in advance of Erik and Skye’s wedding to kick off their wedding weekend by gathering their whole wedding party for a fun ceremony rehearsal that evening.   Continue reading “An elegant coastal Maine Wedding |Gateway Celebrations, Maine Wedding Officiant”