Memorial Day weekend is quite a popular time to get married. It gives your guests an extra day of travel and the couple a longer weekend for their wedding festivities. Consequently it is one of the busiest weekends of the year for me!
Wendy and Dave had a gorgeous wedding on Saturday May 24th at The Landmark Hall and Garden in Garner, right off I-40. It was evident that they put a lot of time and thought into their wedding day. Wendy made the wedding programs and they rank as one of the best I have seen--and I have seen a lot! I collect extra leftover wedding programs to share with my couples for ideas for theirs. Wendy and Dave also provided their guests with straw fans and the guests turned the fans in as they left the garden to go to the reception. Now Wendy has a lot of straw fans and she would be happy to share with another couple for their wedding! Anyone interested, just contact me! (These fans are not available in stores locally so you can't wait to the last minute to get them --unless you make a deal with Wendy!)
On with their wedding...........DJ Phil Matthews provided the ceremony music via Landmark's built in sound system and he helped me hook my wireless theater mike into their system. Thanks, Dr. Phil! He was DJing the reception too. Karen Harmych, the wedding director--new to this area from Orlando--did a superb job of organizing the wedding party and prompting them to process in. The photographer for the wedding was Sarah Taylor and the videographer was Neal with whom I have worked before.
Wendy's 3 daughters Amanda, Samantha, and Madeline (yes, triplets!) age 5 stole the show! See photo of them waiting in the parking lot before the wedding and again just before they entered. Wendy was escorted in by her Dad, Ken, who is a college professor of geology in Iowa.
Dave's brother, Stace, was his best man and Dave's good friend Sandra was the "groomswoman." You can see them in the photo with me before the wedding.
Wendy and Dave chose to have the sand ceremony to include their triplets. Wendy's sand was from California, Dave's was from Florida, and the girls' sand was from their sandbox! Part of the words of the sand ceremony goes like this "Since these grains of sand can never be separated and placed into separate containers...." After the wedding, Wendy's dad whispered to me that he specializes in earthquakes and volcanos and he could actually separate those grains of sand! He was a funny guy! It was indeed a beautiful wedding and a great setting for the nuptials.
One thing that we do that the photographers encourage is to have the wedding party sequester themselves after the wedding out of sight of the guests while the guests to proceed to the reception. This way, right after the wedding, we can get all the pictures done before the wedding party scatters then they are introduced as they enter the reception area. After Wendy and Dave's wedding we actually had to shoo the guests out of the pretty garden area before we could do the photos! All the best, Wendy and Dave and family!