Thursday, July 9, 2015

Private Elopement in North Carolina

Thirty-three years ago two college students were very much in love. But.... they were both head-strong and it was not to be their time. They had things to do and life to live. Although they were not together, they always kept each other close to their hearts. As destiny would have it, they reunited. The years melted away. Once again, they were college sweethearts. It was now their time!

The dress was bought, the venue booked. Because of a family illness their plans for an April wedding had to be cancelled. Instead of rescheduling, they decided on a private ceremony while vacationing in North Carolina. I only had a few days notice but hopefully I was able to provide a ceremony as special as their love.
The Groom's 8 year old daughter insisted on a bouquet from my garden. It was a bit unusual but was much appreciated by the Bride. (dandelions are not often used in bridal bouquets)
Even with short-notice there was time for a personal ceremony that included very special vows.
Knowing that God has brought us together,
I choose to walk beside you from this time forward.
You put love in my heart, peace in my mind, and hope in my dreams. 
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
 After so many years, it was time for the rings. 
The Bride had difficulty getting the ring on his finger but she was determined that it would go.
 After the ceremony we knew why. She put the wedding band on his right hand.
After a bit of tugging the ring was off. And placed on the correct finger.
And they were off to enjoy a 'family moon' in western North Carolina.

Oh yes, I absolutely love what I do.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Eloping in North Carolina is FUN

Yes, Eloping is fun.
 Mary and Robert wanted a ceremony as special as their love.
They chose RiverMist as the location and allowed me to be part of their celebration.
And who best to be their witnesses, Mary's sister and her husband.
As part of the ceremony, Robert and Mary 
wanted to include their first communion as husband and wife.
Let these rings represent an unbroken circle of love, 
which will withstand the tests of time. 
BIG smiles.
And time for fun as the groom 'dips' his bride.
And speaking of fun, take a look at the bride's shoes.
Yes, eloping is fun!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Linda and Jacques Marry at Woodrun

Woodrun. A beautiful waterfront community on Lake Tillery.
And a perfect place for wedding.
Summer thunderstorms were in the forecast.
Thankfully, with smart phones, radar is easily available. 
After a slight rain delay, it was time for the bride.
 Linda and Jacques had originally planned on getting married at the clubhouse. How nice they kept all their wedding memories at their beautiful home.
Joining families.
Linda had her children close by and Jacques had his.
Surrounded by their family and friends they made personal promises to each other. Jacques is from Quebec and ended his in French. It's been a long time since my high school French class but I'm pretty sure it had something to do with "love", "very much", and "always".
 Jacques didn't waste any time showing off his bride!
So happy.
And what fun tines ahead. These two are very active and....
Jacques loves beautiful music and cooking candlelight dinners.
Ahhhh, life is good!

Monday, June 15, 2015

NC Wedding - Amy and Brett Are Married

Ciera, Zoey lead the way for their mother.
These two sure are happy. 
Usually don't have big smiles until after the wedding.
They just keep smiling. They have a secret!
Brides shoes, oops I mean boots.
Ring going on.
And their parents share in the happiness.
First Dance

You will always be the miracle that makes my life complete,
And as long as there's a breath in me, I'll make yours just as sweet.
As we look into the future, it's as far as we can see,
So let's make each tomorrow be the best that it can be.
Cross my Heart - George Strait
Family Hug.
Best wishes to Amy and Brett!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Small Wedding - BIG Love

Sena and Michael found my information on the internet and contacted me in February. Many, if not most, of my weddings are destination weddings and it's not possible to meet ahead of time. Since they only lived an hour away it was pretty easy to arrange a time to meet. They loved RiverMist and the rest is history.
It's a short walk to the covered bridge / wedding chapel.
Maybe a few jitters.
But soon they were holding hands and not quite so nervous.
Sena and Michael wanted to include first communion as husband and wife. 
Their spiritual heritage will continue to be the foundation of their life together.
 My favorite part. The first kiss.
My second favorite part. I get to congratulate the newlyweds.
It's true Michael. She's your wife.
Oh happy day!
Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Family Wedding - Kami and Jeremy

Jeremy, the handsome Groom.
Gabby, the flower girl, getting things ready for her mom.
And Kami, the lovely Bride.
Everyone's in place. Time to start.
It's always special when couples take time to write personal promises, 
the words that only they can say.
Too cute! Just loving the day.
Big smiles.
Wanting Gabby to be included, Jeremy surprised her with a beautiful bracelet.
And 'sealed the deal' with a great big kiss.
It was their day, the start of forever.
A time to toast.
And celebrate!