Amanda and Chris chose Market Hall, a wedding and event venue in City Market in downtown Raleigh. The building has been many things in its long historic life including the original farmer's market, a restaurant and brewery. But that is all gone now and it is a wide open space that allows couples to create the wedding they have dreamed of.
Looking from the other direction you can see the bar area in front of the windows where the guests will enjoy cocktail hour while staff is flipping the room for the reception to follow.
This dessert table was furnished by Bittersweet and includes a small cake for the traditional cutting of the cake.
The Stone Age Romeos band was set up for their reception on the opposite side of the room from the tables.Harmony Weddings. She did a great job pulling all the elements of this wedding together. Thanks, Aneesa!
Muffy and Adam. Amanda and Chris were at their wedding, loved their ceremony, and that is what prompted them to hire me as their officiant. It was great to see Muffy and Adam again and learn that they have since had a little girl. Congrats!
Our photographers with Paul Seiler Photography are safely inside and dry! Paul is on the right.Jon Clark is our videographer and he has his tripod set up behind the guests for the ceremony while he roams around with the mobile camera.
Then the wedding party processed in and took their places up front with me.
Amanda and her dad make their grand entrance!
The guests are standing in honor of the bride.
"Who gives their love and support to Amanda as she joins in marriage with Chris?"
"I ask all of you now to go to your hearts and open them as wide as you can as we join together in a moment of silence to raise your spirits high and become fully present to honor Amanda and Chris as they join their lives in marriage."
The next thing was the tribute to their wonderful parents--a sweet surprise for them.
Chris cooked up an elaborate proposal that took months of careful planning to pull it off--and he did!
One of the sweetest parts of the ceremony is when they each hear what the other told me about their love for each other.
The guests seem to be paying attention!
Amanda read her vows then they exchanged rings.
Words of wisdom about marriage and their future......
The pronouncement of marriage and invitation to share their first kiss as a married couple!
After the kiss I presented them to their cheering guests and out they went!
The rain had stopped! Jon and Paul were poised to record this moment in time!
What an amazing wedding party!
And then the Raleigh Trolley Pub came down the cobblestone street to cheer them on!