Sealed with a kiss!

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

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sara and Troy's wedding at Fearrington in the Dovecote Garden

Weddings at Fearrington are always so elegant and picturesque. See that arbor just bedecked with beautiful flowers and the shephard hooks with flowers along the aisle. They always flow smoothly due to the careful and organized services of the staff who thinks of every little detail, even bug spray! Barbara Yeates was the director for this wedding and it flowed seamlessly, of course! Thanks, Barbara, it is always a pleasure to work with you!

We got rained on at the Friday night rehearsal and the forecast was the same for Saturday, but gratefully, we had a gentle breeze and no raindrops fell. It was hot though--upper 90s! Marty and I set up my sound system with the battery pack since no power was accessible nearby. I would estimate that there were 200 guests and all of them could hear the beautiful ceremony that Troy and Sara created for their wedding.

Troy and Sara chose to have her sister, Hunter, as Matron of Honor and his brother-in-law, John, as Best Man. They had 7 other honorary attendants who processed in and were seated up front during the ceremony. Troy's sister, Amanda, and wife of John the best man, sang a beautiful song "I Will" during the ceremony accompanied by friends playing guitars. It was great! Their adorable daughter Isabella was the flower girl and made it all the way down the aisle sprinkling a few petals here and there. I also did not hear a peep out of her during the ceremony. John had told me just before the wedding started that she was a chatterbox and he was worried about her being quiet. Somehow, Isabella got the message! You can see her in the photo to the left. They also had a cute little ring bearer, Sara's nephew,Taylor, who is not yet 2 years old. Hunter (his mother) brought him in with her as he dragged the ring pillow alongside of him! I did not hear him during the ceremony either! Sara's father, Burt, escorted her in and transferred her hand to Troy's and the ceremony began. See in the photo what a gorgeous beaded gown Sara wore. Their beautiful wedding cake was "beaded" also. It was made by the Fearrington in house cake baker! Kevin with Joe Bunn DJ was the videographer and Missy McLamb Photographers covered the still photography.

Sara and Troy put together a very meaningful wedding ceremony from my material in which we sweetly remembered Sara's mother, Nelson, who has passed on from this earth. We honored her father, Burt, and Troy's parents, Maureen and Dickie, in a tribute to them as well. They included the blessing of the hands followed by the vows and then the ring exchange, then the pronouncement and kiss! We closed with a blessing that ended with these words: "Long long years from now, may you look at each other and be able to say 'Because of you, I have lived the life I always wanted to live--because of you, I have become the person I longed to be.'" Then I presented the newlywed couple to their guests and down the aisle they went to the lively tune "Cumberland Gap." Marty, my "roadie" who was snapping photos with my camera, heard Troy say as they passed by her "We're married!" It was a great wedding and I was honored to be a part of their big day! All the best, Sara and Troy!

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