I kindly asked them to share some pictures, but never imagined how happy they would make me! The simplicity, authenticity and happiness in them was truly palpable. Besides, it is always a treat to see My English Tea Party's crockery shine, and be used to celebrate love.
Scroll down to view the pictures, and don't miss Liesl's description of their ceremony, and their donuts, tea & coffee wedding reception!
We held a small ceremony in the Tilden Park Botanical garden. We had a Quaker style ceremony so no one officiated --we married each other. Our guests all gathered on a lawn area surrounded by birch trees, next to a pond. We stood up and explained how the ceremony would work and then opened it up for people to speak if they felt moved to share about marriage, love, about us as individuals or as a couple, etc. Then we exchanged vows and rings and signed a wedding certificate we had hand painted for the ceremony, and then our guests signed the certificate too, as a means of consecrating the marriage --by witnessing and signing, they were pledging to help protect and support our marriage as our community.
Then we all went up the hill to a picnic area for our donuts, tea and coffee reception where the rest of our guests were waiting for us! We had rented big silver samovars to hold the hot water and coffee, and our friends gathered early to set everything up for us. Finally, Fist of Flour Pizza came and served wood fired pizzas and an accordionist came and played David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, The Clash... It was a lovely day!