There’s no better way to symbolize your marriage than with a unity ceremony. Because after all, it is about two significant others becoming one, and two families being blended together. From foot washing and tree planting to candle lighting and sand combining, there are plenty of sentimental ideas out there. For example, Cameron and Christopher, above, performed the cord of three strands. “We each wrote our own vows, but didn’t read them to each other until that moment,” she said. “Hearing the vows for the first time and combining a cord of three strands (one for me, one for my groom, and one for God) into a knot during the ceremony allowed the reactions to be genuine.”
Cameron and Christopher were married at Coto Valley Country Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. on July 20. “Coto Valley Country Club was the 11th venue we toured, and we just had a surge of energy as we explored the club,” Cameron said. “Once our tour ended, we stood outside amongst the trees and just inhaled the serenity. Christopher and I looked at each other, and I confidently assured him that this club far exceeded all of my expectations, which was relieving to him, because he was feeling the same reaction!” For almost an entire year, the couple handcrafted most of their wedding details. From the map pinwheels that lined the aisle to the “a cord of three strands is not easily broken” unity signage, it brought greater appreciation to the entire day knowing it was something they had created together. The moment they can’t stop thinking about? Their vows! “We each wrote our own vows, but didn’t read them to each other until that moment,” she said. “Hearing the vows for the first time during the ceremony allowed the reactions to be genuine.” During the reception, Cameron and Christopher chose to have their entire wedding party sit with them as well as their dates. “It allowed us to truly be immersed in the festivities of the evening while looking out at all our favorite people,” Cameron said.