I met with Maria back last July to plan their wedding ceremony. I met Ray for the first time at the rehearsal on Friday. Maria was born in Puerto Rico and Ray in the Dominican Republic and they found each other in North Carolina. It was obvious seeing them together that they were very much in love! We had quite a large wedding party with two maids of honor and 5 bridesmaids and a best man and 5 groomsmen! The rehearsal was a bit imprecise since several people in the wedding party were not there but it all came together beautifully for the wedding day!
Maria's father escorted her down the aisle and transferred her hand to Ray as her eyes filled with tears. (I handed her a hankie at that point--I carry pretty hankies that I collect and give to the brides, and not infrequently the grooms, who tear up at their weddings!) Maria's sister, Lourdes, and one maid of honor, Kenyatta, presented lovely readings. The bride and groom lit a unity candle and read their vows to each other from my book where I had printed them facing the couple. Their sweet kiss after the pronouncement brought on much applause and cheering! We closed with the Indian Wedding Blessing and I presented the newlyweds to their guests after which they jubilantly recessed down the aisle to more cheering!
Weddings at the Stone Chapel are always fun and Ranee and her assistant Corey did a great job behind the scenes. See the photo of one of the pretty stained glass windows in the chapel. After the wedding the wedding party reassembled for photographs by their photographer, Dan Hadley. Meanwhile Marty and I packed up my sound system and headed home to relax and get rested in all this heat for the two weddings the next day!