Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Courtney called me on March 9th about getting married in my garden. She and Gil and their little daughter, London, came over the next day to see it and we signed a contract and started working on the ceremony.
On Wednesday April 12th, 2017, the wedding garden was all ready for their wedding. Their photographer, Amber Sullivan with AJS Photo Studio, arrived a few minutes early to scope out the setting. All the photos in this blog post are by Amber and they are stunning! Thank you, Amber!
Courtney and her father Ricky are ready to enter the garden when given the signal!
I asked the guests to stand. Gil was beaming and London was in awe!
Some words on love and marriage and the importance of this commitment they were making to each other.
Then they exchanged vows and rings.
Finally it is time to pour their sand together symbolizing their family unity.
They helped London pour hers in!
Next came a closing blessing for our couple.
The pronouncement of marriage!
I invited them to celebrate with their first kiss as husband and wife!
The new Mr. and Mrs.!
After the wedding in my garden, they went with Amber to the JC Raulston Arboretum for photos.
These are so precious!
This photo is simply breath-taking!
Courtney is a beautiful woman and gorgeous bride!
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Cinema Film Production, approached to give me the video microphone to put on. HERE is a video of this wedding! Good thing the flowing dresses I wear to weddings have two deep pockets to hold all this technology!
Expressions of Love did the lovely sweetheart table and all the gorgeous flowers!Duck Donuts was assembling the pyramid of doughnuts and the aroma of sugar and cake was intoxicating all of us who were assembled in the back area.
Publix furnished this elegant small cake for cutting. I bet it also tasted very good too!
Greeting guests before they are seated is the mirrored announcement.Vesic Photography, had finished with the wedding party, I rounded up our best man and maid of honor to sign the marriage license for me.
So the guests have been seated and it is time for the processional.
Jenny, Mother of the Bride, escorts her mother Liliana in and then returns. (Her mother is from Bulgaria and speaks very little English.)
Mother of the Groom, Mary, is proud to be escorted in by our Groom, Brian.
Then Lily's mother, Jenny, is escorted in by Ray, Lily's stepfather, who returns to escort Lily.
All the guys and I entered from the side in front of the guests and took our places.
After the bridesmaids processed in one at the time and got into their places, it was time for Lily.
They pause for Jessica to straighten out the bride's veil.
And down the aisle they go. The guy on the right is the second shooter for the videographer.
So beautiful! I can see Chad in the mirror looking on.
"Who presents this woman to married to this man?" Ray replied: "Her mother and I do."
We began with a warm welcome to all who came from near and far, even out of the country.
Then a prayer and remembering Lily's father, Boris, and their grandparents who were with us in spirit.
I stepped out to address their parents and thank them for all their love and support. A few tears flowed!
Then I launched into the story of how they met 10 years ago in upstate New York and how they got to North Carolina. There was lots of laughing and cheering!
Then I revealed to them what each had told me in confidence they loved about their partner. Sweet moment.
They read their vows to each other from my book.
Then they exchanged their rings.
I pronounced them husband and wife and invited them to kiss!
Yay! Married at last!