Dustin and Sarah have been together for seven years and created a special ceremony to celebrate their marriage on May 11th. Sarah is a gorgeous bride and her bridal gown was beautiful. In the ceremony we remembered Dustin's father who has passed on and then paid tribute to his mother and Sarah's parents. They asked me to read a favorite passage from The Velveteen Rabbit called "What is Real?" and a lovely poem by Kelly Spehn entitled "The Meaning." They read their personal vows from my book and then we closed with the Rose Ceremony and a prayer. Best of everything to you, Sarah and Dustin!
Hudson Manor is a wonderful location for a wedding. It is in Louisburg, about 40 miles north of Raleigh. Melissa and Glenn Cogliati, the owners, have done a lot of enhancement of the historic estate in the past few years. Melissa has added a reception hall and now has an second outdoor patio just outside the reception hall for weddings with a view of the lake where we were supposed to have Dustin and Sarah's wedding ceremony. Rain was threatening and it was chilly so we decided to have the wedding inside the reception hall where it was elegant, dry and comfortable for everyone.
I was delighted to see Marilyn Weinand there. She is one of my favorite harpists and I enjoyed doing another wedding with her.
It was good to see Rob Seelye again. He was the photographer for the wedding and I see him often at Hudson Manor. He is so easy going and takes a whole lot of pictures!
Lenny Fritts, Touch of Class DJs, is one of my favorite DJs and since we were inside, he plugged my wireless mike into his system and the sound was perfect.