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453: ceremony, flowers, officiant and fun facts

We wanted someone we knew to perform the wedding ceremony, so we asked the lovely Beth Dunn if she would do the honors.

I'm sure she will go into some fun detail on her own blog about the official paperwork and character references and gold seals she had to deal with to get the one day commission to do our ceremony! (Plus the lovely, dainty pulsewarmer mitts that she made for me, but it was too hot for me to wear them!) Thanks, Beth!

Fun Fact #1: On the Intent To Wed form, Hobo Porch was listed as the facility name and location of the ceremony.

In the picture below, Stuart and I stare/gaze at each other as Beth makes some welcoming remarks to the other five people in attendance: My good friend Su, Stuart's good friend from high school, Bill, and Stuart's three kids, Meredith, Camille and Zach. (Did I do those commas right? That's a hard one.)

It was avery short ceremony. Probably no more than three minutes with the pauses and recitation and laughing! We wanted it to be really simple, so kept it short, sweet and to the point.

I love that we have this shot:

Stuart will be chagrinned that I am telling you this, but the very best part of the wedding was when he got all choked up while saying his vows after putting the ring on my finger. Oh my god, best moment ever. It was like we all held our breath while he gathered himself enough to say the words. My eyes were brimming and my heart was soaring. Love that guy.

And here is when I had to literally shove the ring over his knuckle!

That's Bill's hand there, offering some drips of water to help!

Fun Fact #2: I totally forgot to use my bouquet until well after the ceremony!


 Isn't it pretty?

Fuschia and orange roses, dark pink heather and a few stargazer lilies.

(Arrangement by my friend from bikram yoga, Michelle Tokzco who works at Vintage Flowers in Osterville.)

Fun Fact #3 Beth had to tell me "hold your horses" when I leaned in to kiss Stuart after the vows!

And then I finally got my kiss after she pronounced us husband and wife:

Fun Fact #4 Right after hugs went around, I turned to Stuart and said, "Holy shit! We're married!"

Mr. Stuart Schulman and Melissa Averinos-Schulman:

Oh, yeah, the boutonniere! Isn't it great?

Here I am before the ceremony attempting not to skewer my husband-to-bewhile pinning it to him:

Oh my god, he is so cute!


And now for some miscellaneous pics!


Me and Stuart and the kids: Meredith, Camille, and Zach:

Me and my fiend, Beth:

(Beth, even you have to admit that this is a lovely photo of us!)

Me and my honey:

And Bill, who jumped in front of the camera saying "PHOTO OP!"

Me and my honey again, goofing:

Just a couple more posts about it to come, including the food and Su, decorations and dress! The blog is pretty much going to be our wedding album, so bear with me!



(photos by Beth Dunn, Su Wasseluk and Meredith Schulman)

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Reader Comments (23)

Congrats!!! Gorgeous pics.
October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah S.
Congratulations Melissa! You look simply beautiful and you're right, he is a cutie!! May you have many years of bliss together!
October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJona
Congratulations!!!! Love the pics and hearing all about your special day!!! Love you!!
October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Theresa
Beautiful, Melissa, you two are glowing! Thank you for sharing.
October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Kenney
I am lapping up these photos. You know when people say "I'm so happy for you" and they kind of mean it? Well I FEEL really happy for you! I REALLY mean it! Keep the photos coming. You had a cool wedding. Can we dance crazy someday in a post reception, but nobody knows it party? love you and I can't believe how the kids grew! They look great too! Hugs to all...
October 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterold cindy
What a lovely bunch of pictures for you to treasure! Congrats Stuart and Melissa and may you have many, many, many happy years together! Gorgeous flowers BTW
October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaryn Samuell
Oh goodness Melissa. I know you wanted a small gig, but I totally would've crashed without your permission if I'd been in the area. ;) love you. congrats again!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandi Henderson
Let me wipe the tears from my eyes. I can just feel the love coming through with those pictures. So glad you had such a blessed day. You deserve years and years of happiness. congratulations to the entire family!
October 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaren
Awwww!!! Gorgeous photos.
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten Alicia
What wonderful photos of what looks to have been a truly wonderful moment in your lives! You look radiant and he is beeming w/joy! Enjoy married bliss, enjoy the quarrels, the good & the bad. It's all shared. Thanks for sharing these pics with all of us. Again, congratulations to you both!
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie
It's truly wonderful to see you so happy. x
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette
So lovely! The two of you on the porch, the flowers, the love of family and friends... the description of your day made me get teary...
May the two of you be happy together... happier than words can capture for more years than you can count.
October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleenC
You are all so cute! Congratulations.
October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Congrats to you two crazy kids! What a beautiful event to be able to share with your family & closest friends. You look beautiful, Melissa, and that hubby of yours is sure one handsome man!
October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBusty LaRue
Oh my goddess, Melissa, Tim and I just LOVED seeing these photos!!! When I saw that you were getting married, I started remembering when and how it all began. Wow, has this all worked out, or what?!?!?
You both look totally gorgeous in your wedding attire. I love your dress!
I can't tell you how happy i am for you both. I LOVE YOU!!!!
October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Wood
Congratulations! Looks like it was a wonderful, relaxed and love-filled wedding.
October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Steller
Congratulations to both of you! You look so pretty with your hair extra short. [wink*]
October 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalley | Brochure Printing
Hi Melissa, I just randomly checked your blog to see what was has been going on and OMG! CONGRATS!!! I'm so happy for you! You looked so lovely and happy! Congrats!:)
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