Although William Blake penned the lines in the 18th century, the poet’s words are timeless and capture the emotions of couples to this day as two simple words transform a fleeting moment into forever– “I do.”
While the steadfast flame of a Unity candle has often been employed to express the joining of two souls, many indoor venues forbid the use of candles, and couples exchanging vows in the great outdoors are discovering that weather conditions can put a damper on their plans to include this touching gesture in their wedding ceremony.
A Sand Unity Ceremony, however, which combines the beauty of nature with a symbol of time immemorial, is a trend-setting alternative way to celebrate an everlasting love. An Heirloom Hourglass wedding package, from New York-based company Heirloom Hourglass, provides two sand holders, a written ceremony for the officiant, and a glass funnel. Grains from the ceremonial site itself or from places which hold a special significance to the bride and groom are poured into the glass vial, the grains gathering together to mark each magic moment of marriage.
Heirloom Hourglass offers 15 different models to choose from, each bearing a nautically-themed name. Bases of wood or ocean stone, which can be accented with pewter heart closures, showcase the familiar-shaped timepieces, which become treasured keepsakes for future generations.
For more information:
• visit www.heirloomhourglass.com