Thursday, November 20, 2014

NC Wedding - Stephanie and Scottie

Scottie looks relaxed doesn't he? I'll tell you a little secret.
This photo was taken after the wedding ceremony.
Now, we'll go back to the beginning...
Waiting for the bride and groom.
Love the blue and orange colors.
Unity Sand
Turned out beautifully.
Stephanie and Scottie had fun with my props.
Rings, a symbol of promises made.
Private (almost) First Dance.
Wonderful wedding day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tom and Mary Jane - Fall wedding at RiverMist

Tom and Mary Jane wanted to get married outside but was a little concerned about a November wedding. As it turned out the weather was absolutely perfect for their fall wedding.
I watched from the deck as the guests arrived. Several people had traveled from Florida for this special day.
Walking to the covered bridge.
I think everyone had a camera.
"Mary Jane and Tom, you have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way....."
From "Union by Robert Fulghum
 What a special ring bearer. Notice the bouquet.
 How nice to include canine family.
Beautiful engagement ring.
And the happy family.
Lovely Bride.
And a guest insisted on this photo.
So nice to be surrounded by people who love you.
What a great start for a marriage.

Benediction of the Apaches 
Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness for you.
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one Life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Private wedding in North Carolina

Any idea what Cole is watching.
Oh yes, it's Cassandra, his bride.
In just a few minutes, husband and wife.
 No doubt Cassandra is happy.
'May these rings serve as a reminder of the freedom and power of your love.'
 Unity Candle.
First Dance. Dreams do come true!
 Smiles, smiles and more smiles.
Carrying his bride across the theshold, a time honored tradition.
Time for cake.
And a first toast. 
We took a few more photos then left the newlyweds alone to celebrate.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Handfasting Ceremony at Dry Falls

Dry Falls. A strange name for a waterfall.
This waterfall is unique since you can actually walk behind the falls. 
But trust me, you don't stay dry.
October 31st was a cool fall day and because of other issues the ceremony took place at a platform above the falls. Lea Ann looks happy, doesn't she.
Little does she know that's she's in for a BIG surprise.
The handfasting cord arrived in a beautiful wooden box.
Handfasting has origins in ancient Scotland and Ireland. It was a period of betrothal or engagement lasting for year and a day. The ceremony symbolized the binding together of the couple’s lives and fates, and their commitment to be bound together in love. When a couple joins hands their destinies are tied into one future.
Lea Ann and Robert chose a handfasting ceremony to mark their engagement.
The year and a day promises provide the opportunity for spending time, giving thought, and growing together into people who are good and considerate partners, lovers, and friends. The year and a day promises are a commitment not only to one another, but to the quality of life that a couple intends to make last a lifetime. 
And now the surprise, an engagement ring to mark the occasion.
Oh yes, Lea Ann had a big kiss for Robert.
 And family members were there to celebrate.
I believe in you.
I believe in us.
We can not be divided.
In your darkest days
In your brightest light.
We are one.
Received this sweet note:
Victoria, I can not begin to tell you how very grateful we are that performed our ceremony.  It was so very beautiful, beyond words.  Thank you, thank you , thank you.