Jessie and Adam's fall wedding in the Mendocino Woodlands State Park in California had lots of traditions and symbolism in the Nordic ceremony. The pair and their wedding party carried logs with rune symbols which were burned ceremonially. Burning incense and herbs were sprinkled around the perimeter ceremony site. Adam even hand-built the GORGEOUS ceremony arch structure which had carved Nordic dragons.
Here are some details about the ceremony from the couple, since it's super intricate:
The ceremony started with a blessing by our friend Elayne and the bridesmaids which included encircling our guests and ceremony area with herbs and incense. Runes burned into logs were carried to the fire pit by each member of the grooms party to symbolize elements we wished to manifest in our marriage. An oath ring (used in old Norse traditions) was made specially for the occasion. Adam's brother Matt and Jessie's sister Cindy wrapped it in ribbons to symbolize the union of our families which we held during the reading of our vows.
Let's peek at this lovely event…
Day-of Coordinator: Amanda Pharis • Venue: Mendocino Woodlands Camp • Caterer: Karina's Catering • Officiant: Lorena Castillo • Photography: Diane + Mike Photography • Florist: Paper flowers by Maid of Honor, Cindy