Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Private wedding in North Carolina

It took a little planning and a few plane trips but this handsome groom finally made it to North Carolina to marry the woman of his dreams. Yes, we're talking long distance. Almost 10,000 miles. Even though he and Beth were separated by an ocean their hearts were always connected.
Let's grow old together, beginning with today. Let's work slowly with each other and build a relationship that we can both enjoy being a part of. Let's share love and understanding that neither of us is perfect; we both subject to human frailties. Let's hold each other close and whisper through the night, pledging our love, honoring our commitment.
Taken from poems by Denise Braxton Brown and Peggy Wrightsman
Beth and Anthony included a handfasting as part of their wedding ceremony.
The wrapping of  hands symbolizes the bringing together of your two hearts in a marriage of strength and unity. 
Above you are the stars and below you is the Earth.
Like the stars, your love should be a constant source of light
and like the Earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.
 May your hearts be joined always to each other, as your hands are now.
 Vows were made to their children, promising to create a family together. Then each child was presented with a gift as a physical reminder of the promises made.
 It is a wonderful thing when dreams come true!
Let's grow old together and look back on life and smile.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Family Wedding

Does it get any better?
A wedding, surrounded by family and friends.
At least for Tricia and Doug, the day was perfect!
Dear Victoria,
I am finally getting around to thanking you for making our wedding day even more special than I could have imagined. I really wanted a wedding without all of the typical stress so that we could focus on each other and our children. You helped us prepare every step of the way.  

I have never been involved in the planning of a wedding, so I really needed that.  The ceremony and the setting were simply beautiful. I loved hearing the sound of the water below us. Even my girls were touched by the ceremony- I am not sure if you noticed but they both had tears in their eyes during parts of the ceremony. 

Thank you for surprising us with the part involving the children and the toast. I has not asked for that but it was exactly what I wanted. This was a huge day for the children too -so thank you for formally acknowledging them and their importance to us. We also loved having the cake outside on the bridge.  The cake was more beautiful than I expected - and delicious too.  

You and Guy were such gracious hosts - thank you for allowing us to use your home.  Again, it was beautiful. Please also thank Guy for the wonderful photos.  I will cherish those forever. 
Thanks again for making our day so special! Take care, Tricia

Monday, December 15, 2014

Katrina and Travis Get Married at RiverMist

Winter weddings are beautiful.
 The air is cool but still nice enough to be outside.
Time for the I Do's.
 Exchanging rings.
And sealing the promises with a kiss.
Katrina, the happy Bride.
And Travis, the happy Groom.
Even happier TOGETHER.
No one know what lies ahead. But these two know it will be...
Happily Ever After...

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.