and Stefani are a little more cutting edge than that.
Their wedding ceremony will uses a beautiful African tradition
- The Tasting of the Elements.
Hugo and Stefani will taste four flavors that represent the
emotions within a relationship.
To begin, I would like to ask Adam to bring us the four Elements...
so now Stefani and Hugo, I ask you to taste the first Element..
Ah,.... you have tasted the lemon, and have found it to be
How wise they were to have let you taste this first. For marriage,
indeed all marriages, have their moments. Periods of unhappiness
that may last for a significant time as well.
In marriage, the nights can be colder, and longer, and more
lonely than anything you have experienced as single people.
But the wisdom of the four elements has it that this time
is to be endured! For you will never progress to the other
elements if you cannot endure this one.
They did not have you taste from a bowl of cherries, they
had you taste the sourness of the lemon and they are telling
you to endure it.
For just as surely as it comes, and it will, any unhappiness
in your marriage will leave as well.
It is momentary, you need only endure it...
Now I ask you both, to taste the second Element...
Ah... You have found it to be bitter! You have tasted Vinegar.
Not quite as as bad as the sourness of the Lemon though was
Hugo, on some upcoming evening, will be the night of the BIG
GAME, maybe even the Super bowl??
But Stefani points out that WGN is running a six hour marathon
of old reruns of FRIENDS.
Trust me Hugo! Get the remote and punch in WGN.
You’ll be a happier man for it!!!!
This element, SOURNESS, tells us to take the smaller bumps
in life in stride.
Now that you have shown that you can endure the smaller bumps
in marriage, we proceed to the finer aspects of married life..
I ask you to taste the third Elements..
You have tasted Cayenne, - and Cayenne because it is Hot -REPRESENTS
Yes, passion in a wonderful physical sense YOU BET.
But passion also in an intellectual and spiritual sense as
Passion is the fuel of your marriage and you both are so well
in tune with each other on so many levels.
I know that this expression gets a bit overworked these days,
but they are the words that best expresses - to me anyway
- the quality of your relationship - you are soul mates.
Passion will come easy to you, but take time to re-stoke it.
Go places, and do things that renew and rekindle your passion.
Though it may come natural to you, do not neglect your passion.
Take the time from your busy lives and renew all that you
are to each other.
Renew the feelings of that courtship, that would one day bring
you to this place and time before us.
And now,... Please taste the Fourth Element..
You have tasted something very sweet, this Element has been
saved for the very last.
They chose Honey to represent all that is desirable about
For you each now have a most special partner in life to share
all of life's experiences with.
New successes and achievements in your business careers lie
before you as well.
And most importantly, will be the fun - and life giving times
- that you will experience with all of these wonderful people
Hugo and Stefani, your loving families and friends.
Those times, - with these people - will be among your marriage’s
Your marriage, - will play host to all of this.
Hugo and Stefani had several wedding ceremony options they
could have chosen from.
They chose The Tasting of the Elements.
But they also wanted to add to it, to personalize it, and
have one final element be their own.