Kirsten and Jimmy met at a “Lock-and-Key” Meetup event in February of 2013. Although Kirsten had never attended a singles’ mixer before, she went with her best friend Emily and she’s so grateful that she did, for that’s where she met Jimmy!

After dating for over four years, they were married in September in the gardens of the beautiful Park Winters Inn.

Lock-and-Key Ceremony

To acknowledge the unique and special way they met, Kirsten and Jimmy chose to include a special Lock-and-Key ritual in their wedding ceremony.

They brought a special lockable wine box, in which they had placed a favorite bottle of wine. This box was placed on a wine barrel along with two small locks and their keys.

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Lockable box containing a favorite bottle of wine.

After reading their vows and exchanging their wedding rings, Jimmy and Kirsten moved to stand near the wine barrel while these works were spoken:

We have just witnessed Kirsten and Jimmy pledge their love to each other through the reading of vows and the exchange of wedding rings. They wish to further symbolize the strength of their commitment with a special Lock-and-Key ceremony.

As we know, they met at an event where the ladies each had a lock and the gentlemen had a key, with the goal of finding the combination that fit. While this was meant to be a lighthearted way to meet new people, it was an especially significant and meaningful event in Kirsten and Jimmy’s lives because it led them to love and marriage!

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Richard Bach, in the book “The Bridge Across Forever,” wrote:

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise.

Kirsten and Jimmy, over the past four years you have unlocked your hearts and lives to one another. You have allowed your truest selves to be known and have found friendship, love and a lifelong partnership with each other.

In this special box is a bottle of one of your favorite wines. In addition, you each have a lock which you will fasten to the wine box, removing the keys¬† – literally affirming that “what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Before the box was locked, Jimmy’s sister-in-law read a beautiful poem entitled “The Key to Love,” focusing on understanding, respect, forgiveness and sharing.

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Kirsten and Jimmy lock the box. (Photo credit Chris Howard Imagery)

Kirsten and Jimmy then locked the box ” symbolizing that [their] hearts and souls are joined together in an unbreakable bond.”

On their first wedding anniversary they will unlock the box and enjoy the wine, celebrating not only the love that binds their hearts together in marriage, but also that fun and fateful Lock-and-Key Meetup event!

Lock-and-Key Wedding Details

Kirsten and Jimmy included the “lock and key” theme in many of their wedding details:

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The ring bearer’s pillow held two antique keys instead of rings.

 

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Guests were asked to write their good wishes on postcards with lock and key images.

 

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Guests were thanked for being a “Key” part of Kirsten and Jimmy’s wedding day!

 

Awesome Team of Professionals:

Venue:  Park Winters

Event Coordinator: Sara Grace, With Grace and Love Events

DJ / MC: SJ’s Disc Jockeys

Photographer: Chris Howard Imagery

Flowers: Violette Fleurs

Videography: Love Genre Films

Hair: For The Love of Hairspray

Makeup: @vanessalunamakeup