We've all seen the photos; black rivers of mascara streaming down the bride's cheeks while her groom is gulping for air like a fish out of water. It's not the most elegant look. It's also one of the most common concerns that my wedding couples have about their wedding ceremony; "how do I stop myself from ugly crying?"
By many accounts, the sand ceremony originated in Hawaii. It is said that a couple would stand on the beach to be married. During the ceremony the officiant would tell each partner to scoop a handful of sand from where the other stood, and would guide them in pouring the sand, together, into one container.