Blessing of the Hands: The Hand Ceremony
Recently, we provided musicians and sound for Katie and John's wedding at The Riverhouse in Haddam, CT. The ceremony was officiated by Humanist Celebrant and Justice of the Peace Anita Peters.
Katie and John wanted to incorporate John's daughter Kayla into the Ceremony and the Sand Ceremony just wasn't original enough. Anita came up with The Hand Ceremony.
During the exchange of vows, the Bride and Groom traced their hands, with John's daughters onto a matte with a heart in the center. During the Cocktail Hour guests then write well-wishes in the blank space outside the heart. Katie and John would later frame for future posterity. What a simple, memorable and unique addition to your Ceremony.
If you want to add this during the Ceremony, we found this beautiful reading for you to incorporate:
Blessing of the Hands
"Hands are considered to be a connection to the heart, and a hand blessing symbolically brings two hearts together." by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
These are the hands of the one you love and adore.
On this day, you promise to love and honor one another for all your days.
Reaching out to the one you love, may you find strength.
Standing side by side, may you find partnership.
Sharing responsibilities and chores, may you find equality and ease.
Helping each other in daily life and works, may you find fulfillment.
Loving each other through dark and light times, may you find power.
Look deeply into one another's eyes, now, and promise to always see one another through the eyes of love.
As you hold hands, may you warmly hold one another's hearts.
Our wish for you is that you build an extraordinary life together.
May your marriage be all you two would choose it to be!
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