Matt + Olivia were married on a sunny Tampa day. They chose a historic ceremony and reception site in the Ybor City Museum. Both the ceremony and reception were held in brick the courtyard, surrounded by trees and Tampa touches. Most of the flowers used at the wedding were made from paper. They were pages from favorite books to symbolize the couple’s love of literature. They were beautiful. The bride and groom elected to do a first look before the ceremony. They were full of anticipation and excitement. They both gasped when they saw each other and went in for a long hug. They were full of little giggles and quick jokes. The ceremony was beautiful and took place in front of the fountain. They performed a salt ceremony, which I had not seen before. It was beautiful and went something like this:
In Bible times, the salt ceremony was a covenant of loyalty. It represented the church. “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13) Salt was a priceless and in-demand commodity. When two people wanted to enter a covenant of loyalty, they would speak the details of the covenant, exchange salt from one jar to the other and then shake the jars. Only if the individuals could retrieve their own grains of salt could the covenant be broken.
I loved that they incorporated this unity ceremony! It really makes you think. I love this level of commitment they promised each other and know they will be blessed. Cheers!