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!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wedding at Chimney Rock

Planning an outdoor wedding can be a challenge. Weather is always a concern and a back up site is an absolute necessity when guests are included. Not so much for an elopement....
Some couples stress over the possibility of rain or other unforeseen events. Not so for Samantha and Josh. Nothing was going to spoil their wedding day!
 Chimney Rock State Park is a beautiful location for a small wedding. However, the elevator to the top has had it's share of problems. And if the elevator is not working, it's 550 steps to the top. Not much fun on a hot summer day. Even this, did not discourage this happy couple and their ceremony took place at Vista Rock, only 140 steps. (may not seem like a lot but trust me, my heart was pumping by the time I got there)
I truly believe every couple should have the wedding they want. And I don't think these two could have been any happier.
Yes, they did like to kiss!
And the sky cleared for photos at Lake Lure.
You are a part of everything
I think and do and feel,and with you by my side,
I believe that anything is possible.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Time For Us - Cheryl and Henry are Married

What a perfect processional, the theme from Romeo and Juliette
 'A Time For Us'
Yes, Henry. Here is your bride. And she is beautiful!
Cheryl and Henry wanted an intimate ceremony surrounded by their family.
To some, it may seem like a 'simple' ceremony but far from it. 
And now, bringing with you all the joys of your yesterdays
and the promise of all your tomorrows
will you now join your candles together as one.
And from Matthew West, 'I Do'
Take my hand, and take this ring
And know that I will always love you through anything,
And as the years march on, like a beating heart
I will live these words, til' death do us part
Time for kissing and celebrating!
Family Toast!
 Cheryl wearing her "Bride" sunglasses!

The sign says it all!

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.