Before the ceremony Dave wandered around the village and got some great photos of the grounds.
On this overcast day the famous "oreo cows" are taking it easy.
And they also have "oreo goats!"
A great metal sculpture hangs on the barn!
Arioso Strings quartet have begun the prelude music and are ready to swing into the first number for the processional when Gilda cues them.
The guests are seated. The fire is burning brightly and warmly! Ready for the processional to begin.
First in are the grandmothers of the bride.
Then Tom's parents, Jackie and Bill.
Colleen, mother of the bride, is escorted in by Vance.
The music changes and Tom and his groomsmen and I enter around from the side and take our places up front.
Bridesmaid Lindsey processes in.
Then our Matron of Honor, Mary.
Our two sweet little flower girls made an impressive entrance and could not have done a better job!
Mary intercepts them and directs them to their seats for the ceremony. I know she is so proud of them!
It is time for the bride and her father!
Steve and Ali make their way to the Garden Terrace.
Gilda (in the red coat) watches the perfectly timed entrance while her assistant straightens Ali's train.
Now Tom's turn to hear what Ali told me.Dennis Kwan from Hollywood where he photographs celebrities and destination weddings. Dennis and Tom grew up together in Ohio and Dennis was more than happy to come to NC and capture the images of his childhood friend's wedding. His very tall too!
And now for the vows.
The best man, Jonathan, handed me the rings.
Tom says the words after me as he places the ring on Ali's finger.
Then Ali reciprocates as she places the ring on Tom's finger.
They were a little shy about this at the rehearsal but must have practiced afterwards!
The kiss is always followed by this amazing moment when the reality that they are married sinks in.
And here they go--stepping into their new life as a married couple!
Outside the Garden Room, Dennis has assembled the wedding party for photos. Happy group!