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Elizabeth and Arturo

Filed in Wedding — July 3, 2022

I had the honor of officiating Arturo and Elizabeth’s backyard wedding this afternoon. Arturo’s parents were visiting from Mexico, so he surprised them by getting married. To make it more accessible for some of the guests, I provided a printed copy of the ceremony in Spanish so everyone could follow along. And Arturo’s niece stepped in as the translator during the declaration of consent, vows, exchange of rings, declaration of marriage, and the introduction of the newly married.

I learned that Arturo was a romantic when I got to know this adorable couple. He has written love letters to Elizabeth for years, and she has saved every one. So I wrote new wording to the Love Letter and Wine Box Time Capsule ritual. Instead of wine, they put a bottle of tequila in the box and added the love letters and vows they wrote for each other. I encouraged them to consider including anniversary cards, love notes, and other significant things throughout their marriage. So over the years, the box will become full, just as their life together will become full of love.

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What does Koru mean?

KORU (kor-roo) is the Maori word for “loop.” For the indigenous people of New Zealand, the koru spiral represents a fern frond beginning to unfurl. The koru symbol embodies new beginnings, a new phase of life, renewal, hope for the future, positive change, personal growth, working in harmony, bringing people together, and being mindful of the good things in life.

At Koru Ceremony, we strive to personify these ideals and celebrate a new beginning through ceremony and ritual.

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