Messages in the sky: Paper lanterns light up a reception

2012-09-23T14:30:00Z Messages in the sky: Paper lanterns light up a receptionBy Jennifer Pallay nwitimes.com
September 23, 2012 2:30 pm  • 

Dawn and Joseph Mathis shared an uplifting moment on their wedding day that they plan to re-create year after year.

As their guests exited the reception hall at the clubhouse at Lakes of the Four Seasons, they watched as paper lanterns lifted off the ground, floated across the lake and entered the night sky. The DJ played the song “We are Young” by the band Fun with the words “so let’s set the world on fire” repeating as the lanterns went up one by one.

“I thought that went together pretty cool,” Dawn says of releasing what she calls "wishing lanterns" at her June 2, 2012, wedding. “It looked absolutely beautiful and everyone came up and said they’ve never seen it before.”

That one-of-a-kind moment was just what she was hoping for when she ordered the 25 white lanterns online. “When Joe and I were planning the wedding, I wanted to do something memorable that not everyone else does.”

The couple has seven children between them and they each made a wish and released one. Joseph and Dawn, their wedding party and guests also released the floating wishes. “As they floated they made a line and it almost looked like it was pointing toward our house,” Dawn says.

They made such an impression that the couple plans to release one every year on their anniversary.

Tara and Ryan Elinkowski should keep that in mind for their first anniversary this year. The Crown Point couple also released a lantern on their wedding day.

“We thought it would be a nice way to cap off the night,” Tara says. “I also love photography and I knew it would be something that would be special that we could capture beautifully on film.”

A groomsman brought up the idea and after some research, the couple learned that the lanterns are said to bring good luck. “So we made a wish for our future silently to ourselves and then released it. We also found that some believe it is a way to send a wish to heaven. We both had family members who have passed on and could not be there with us that day so we thought it would be very sentimental to send a part of our special day to them,” Tara says.

The wedding day and night go by fast, Tara says, and the couple enjoyed the quiet moment together. The guests were amazed by the light and how long they could follow its journey across the sky. “Since then we have had many friends who are getting married ask us about them, because they are interested in doing it as well.”


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