At first, Holly Smith and SJ Brussard didn’t know if they would have a ceremony at all. They both like to stay out of the spotlight, and while they knew they wanted to get married, they didn’t like the thought of standing in front of a crowd.

After going back and forth, the couple decided to hold a ceremony anyway, and were happy that they did. “The joy was palpable. I’ve never felt anything like that,” Holly said of those first few post-ceremony moments. “It felt better knowing everyone was part of the whole process.”

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