Ben and Diane live in Virginia but fell in love with Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville NC and wanted to be married in this beautiful setting. They found me by internet and we made all arrangements months before we actually met in person. E-mail is a wonderful thing! Although we rehearsed Friday night in the rain, their wedding day was clear and crisp and just enough breeze to keep the bugs at bay--for the most part! They wisely had some bug spray handy near the guest book. Diane's father is deceased and her lovely program told the guests that the special floral arrangement on the gazebo was in his honor and for others in their families who had passed on.
Diane's mother and grandfather escorted the radiant bride down the brick aisle into the hands of Ben who towers over her but is oh so gentle! For the Christian component of the ceremony we had a reading of First Corinthians and from the Jewish tradition Ben got to "put his foot down" and crush the glass as we shouted Mazeltov followed by the kiss! I had given them homework at the rehearsal to practice their kissing for the ceremony and you could sure tell they had been "practicing!" Mike and Kristi Brantley of Brantley Studios out of Nashville did the photography and a string trio provided the music.