Wedding Ideas: Erica and Matt’s Unity Tree

from the desk of: Veronica

Recently, one of my blogger friends wrote about making the trip to Massachusetts to see her brother get married, and something the bride and groom included in their ceremony just jumped out at me: A Unity Tree!

Instead of a unity candle or a sand ceremony, the couple brought dirt from the yards of their childhood homes to surround a tree they will later plant in the yard of their new home. I’m so in love with this idea! They also gave out saplings as favors.

Here are the details, provided by the bride, Erica:

Date: February 22, 2014

Location: The Country Club of Pittsfield, in Pittsfield, MA

Why they chose a “unity tree”: Erica always dreamed of a winter wedding, and imagined getting married outside with a beautiful fresh coat of snow on the ground. She wanted to have a winter theme, but wasn’t keen on snowflakes, so her and her fiancé settled on pinecones, which led her to the idea of giving away saplings. Erica says, “I feel like often times the favors we get at weddings end up in a drawer somewhere never to be seen again,” and giving saplings certainly solved that problem. After further Pinterest searching, she stumbled across the idea of a unity tree, and knew it was for her because it was unique, fit her theme, and “this symbolizes a blending of our families. I thought a tree is a nice way to symbolize the growth of our relationship as well.”

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During the ceremony, the following was read: “Matthew and Erica will now take part in a Unity Tree Planting Ceremony, to symbolize the roots of their relationship, and the continued growth of their love, as they become each other’s family today. As we are here today, Matthew and Erica’s marriage is like the velvety roots of this young, yet resolute sapling. As they have found each other and chosen to share their lives together, two roots will burrow through the mysterious unknown until they find their true counterpart. Intertwined, supporting and being supported by each other, they shall grow stronger in their union into endless depths. The soil they will use to nurture this young sapling has been gathered from the grounds of their parents’ homes. Fertile by nature and nourished with love and attention, this blend of life’s ingredients will be the foundation of great things to come.”

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And finally, I had to share a little of Matt and Erica’s love story:

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Erica and Matt met through E-Harmony. Erica initiated the communication, and after many months of on-line communication and the occasional phone calls and text messages, Matt asked Erica to meet in person to go mini-golfing in Lake George, NY. Both Erica and Matt were on their way to meet when Matt called Erica to say that he wouldn’t make it because he had just been in a car accident. Erica wasn’t sure whether to believe him or not, and thought he was blowing her off. Immediately after that, Erica was leaving for a work conference and then out to Texas to visit her cousin a few days after that. After Erica got back from Texas, she ended up hitting a deer on her way to work one morning and didn’t have a car for about three weeks. Finally, Matt suggested that just because Erica didn’t have a car, it didn’t mean they couldn’t meet. Erica’s roommate, Brier, was willing to drive her down to Saratoga and meet up with Matt for their first date. It was a little strange to have a “chaperone” on the first date, but it became a joke that without Erica’s roommate, they might not be together! After that, they went on many more dates and eventually Matt moved to Vermont to live with Erica and attend college. The rest is history!

Thank you to Erica and Matt for sharing their story, and thank you to Rebecca for “introducing” them to me.

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.

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