Sealed with a kiss!

Sealed with a kiss!
Laura & Chris' Wedding at JCRaulston Arboretum

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Under the Big White Tent!

Patty and Tom were married at Sisters' Garden on April 19th at 6:30. (Sisters' Garden is one of my favorite venues for weddings. It is an elegant setting and they have doing weddings down pat!) By that time the sky was getting dark and the rain was threatening! But it held off until after the ceremony. Thanks to Marc Dabagian, the wedding director at Sisters', everything went smoothly as usual--even the runner. Runners can be problematic in the wind but Marc with his scissors and tape has gotten "runner laying" down to a science. Thanks, Marc!

Patty and Tom had a large wedding party with 8 groomsmen and 8 bridesmaids and the cutest little ringbearer who successfully made it down the aisle! The music was provided by a keyboardist and vocalist (Nina) and vocalist (Gerry--brother of the bride) who were great. The tent was full to capacity with about 150 guests. Patty's dad escorted her down the aisle so proudly and amazingly as I found out right before the ceremony that he had coronary bypass surgery with several complications only 6 weeks before the wedding! The readers did excellent jobs. We did the handfasting ritual with a silver and white cord as their hands and arms formed the symbol of infinity "blessing their marriage in the eternal ebb and flow of the universe." Then we had the sand pouring ceremony. I had told Patty and Tom to be sure to pour their sand slowly while Nina played and sang with Gerry "Come What May" and they did to the point that I thought the song was going to run out before the sand was all poured and Patty's arm was going to give out! Then I pronounced them husband and wife. They had done their "kissing" homework I had assigned to them at the rehearsal and came through with a great kiss--way to go, Tom! It was a delightful wedding!

Mark Holland was the videographer extraordinaire for Patty and Tom! He is with Ron K. Smith Productions and a delight to work with. He is so thorough and thinks of every little detail in order to get the perfect images and sound for the couple's wedding video. It was good to work with Mark again. After the wedding I got to chat with the DJ for their reception--Ryan Pflumm of Island Sound. What a handsome guy! We have done several weddings together in the past few years and enjoyed seeing each other this 2008 wedding season.

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