Insite Guides Spring 2018 Bridal Guide - Page 10

14 INSITE February 2018 The Swirskys reserved the church, and then were informed that all four pastors already had commitments for the date of their wedding. Regina and Stephen decided to ask the husband in their mentor couple to conduct the ceremony. “It was really special to have him be the one who made it official since he had already been building into our marriage,” Regina says. “He had some really sweet words for us in the ceremony.” Using rented columns, strands of lights, and the church’s lighted backdrop, the couple made the already authentically joyful sanctuary feel dream-like. The ceremony took place in front of a wooden cross made by the Swirsky’s friend, and included scripture readings, a message from the officiant, a feet washing ceremony as a symbol of the couple’s servitude towards each other, and an exchange of vows and rings. After the ceremony, their friends and family gathered around the newlyweds, laid their hands on the couple, and prayed over them. “[It] was really special and one of my favorite moments from that day,” Regina says. Immediately after the ceremony came to a close, 130 of the Swirsky’s family and friends made their way to Messina Hof where the wedding reception was held. Art Stephen and Regina had given each other throughout their relationship was used to decorate The Gallery on the top floor of Messina Hof. Blush pink, green, cream, and accents of gold created a romantic atmosphere. The couple added even more personal touches to the event space with details like a themed cake topper from the movie “Up” and a guest registry book designed by the couple.