Monday, July 7, 2014

Terrence and Sonia are Married - Unity Cross Ceremony

July 5th, a day full of anticipation and excitement.

I met Sonia and Terrence a few months ago so I knew just how ready they were to get married. In fact, Terrence was ready to get married that very day! Sonia would have none of that. She was going to make him wait just a little longer.

Sonia stopped by a store on the way (the W one) and picked up bouquet of loose roses. I wasted no time gathering some ribbon and tying them into a bridal bouquet, keeping one out for a boutonniere for Terrence.

Sonia mentioned she wanted white roses but this color was lovely and made great photos.
Now here's the handsome groom. Does he look happy or what?
And this is the reason. His beautiful bride. Soon to become his wife.
It is important to have God as the center of their marriage so Sonia and Terrence chose the Unity Cross to symbolize this. 
The outer cross is placed in the stand.
And then the center cross is placed inside.
There are three pegs that hold the crosses together.
'What God has joined together, let no one separate'.
This is what he had been waiting for. Terrence could finally kiss his wife.
Smiles are always bigger after the ceremony.
The happy Mr and Mrs.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Family Wedding - Family Love

Family weddings are always so much fun. There are many ways to include children, escorting the bride, holding the rings, and unity ceremonies.

Nina and Brian realized the importance of including their children in their wedding ceremony. They love each other, and their children, dearly and it was important to have a ceremony that included everyone.
Brian and his best man are waiting.
Everyone's in place. Don't you love the dresses? Perfect for a July 4th wedding.
 A sand ceremony is the perfect way to symbolize 'blending' a family together. Each child picked their favorite color.
And they have a lovely reminder of 'their' wedding.
Nina surprised Brian with a 'first dance' while the children blew wedding bubbles.
 Then time for a family dance. 
No doubt there will be lots of dancing at their house.
And a few photos of the bride and groom. 
Love this one. 
He's not going anywhere, she's holding on tight.
 This is my favorite!
Love will keep this family together.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Leigh Ann and Ronnie - Married at RiverMist

 Shoes can be an important accessory.
 Leigh Ann walked carefully.
 I gave them a minute to 'catch their breath' before we started the ceremony.
 The exchange of rings, the seal of marriage vows.
From My Love by  Linda Lee Elrod
And when you came into my life,
I realized that what I
had always thought
was happiness
couldn't compare to the joy
loving you brought me.

You are a part of everything
I think and do and feel,
and with you by my side,
I believe that anything is possible.
 The Unity Candle
 has been used in wedding ceremonies for many, many years.
It is powerful and adds such meaning.
'May your unconditional love and devotion 
take you to places were you’ve both only dreamed.'
Wishing the newlyweds much happiness. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Karen and Jack Married in North Carolina

I love hearing stories of how couples meet. And what a story Karen and Jack have. Their friendship developed so much that Karen was willing to travel across the 'pond' from her home in England to marry the lucky man. And how fortunate they found us on the internet.
Jack is quite a character and never at a loss for words.
Their wedding ceremony was full of rituals. 
Karen and Jack ordered a beautiful Oathing Stone engraved with their names and wedding date.
They each held the stone in the palm of their hand as they made their promises. 
Wedding vows were 'set in stone'.
Their beautiful Celtic wedding bands were blessed with the four elements.
Air for hopes and dreams; Fire for the spark of love;
Water for harmony and healing; and Earth for strength.
May these rings be so blessed.

You know it's special when  wedding vows begin,
'You fill my world with thunder.... You've changed our lives forever'.
Oh yes, he's quite a character. Karen's flowers tucked in his left pocket.
What a plan these two had. A month long honeymoon. Making memories while traveling. 
And I do believe Jack had a few more surprise up his sleeve.

Love to get emails like this:
We want to say a big thank you for marrying us and making us feel so welcome at your beautiful home.  Guy and yourself are such lovely, warm people it was an honour to have you there to marry us and enjoy the moment with us. Love, Jack and Karen xxx

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Anna and Dan marry at Lake Lure

Pine Gables cabins on Lake Lure was a perfect choice for Anna and Dan's destination wedding. Their website states 'Something old, Something 
new'. How perfect for a wedding!

There are seven cabins and the good news if six of them are pet friendly.
When I arrived, the photographer was busy taking pre-wedding photos.
It's always fun to watch and feel the excitement.
There was a lovely meadow, perfect for the ceremony. And within steps of the reception tent.
 Loved this sign. 
Here's the happy couple, ready to celebrate with their family and friends.
Best wishes to the new husband and wife.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Private Wedding for Cindy and Randy

Cindy and Randy 'going to the chapel'.
It was a hot summer day and Randy's jacket came off quickly.
 Here's a portion of the reading they choose for their ceremony.

The Keys to Love 
The key to love is understanding....
the ability to comprehend not only the spoken word, 
but also those unspoken gestures, 
the little things that say so much by themselves.
 How true this was for them.
The could not stop kissing during the entire ceremony.
That's the beauty of having a couple-only ceremony. 
You can do things exactly the way you want.
 Their 'wedding toast' was nice cold bottle of water.
Very welcome on a summer day!
 More kissing.
It's a little difficult to see but Randy has his fishing rod. 
Said he was fishin' and kissin'.
 The wedding is over. The marriage has begun. Time to celebrate.
And... I just bet they do more kissing than fishing.