Monday, June 16, 2008
Special Father's Day Wedding for Arena and Chuck at The Umstead
Angie Wright of Chic Details, a wedding planner I have worked with many times in the past, called me one day back in March, I believe, looking for a male officiant. I sent her my list of ministers which included a few men. Then she called me back in a few days and said that the couple and her mother had looked over my website and decided they wanted to hire me to officiate, that they had just not considered a woman officiant until they saw me. Well, I was delighted and later met with Arena and Chuck and her mother 'Lyn to talk about the ceremony they wanted. I sent Chuck and Arena a bunch of material and they put together a short but very meaningful wedding ceremony. So, Angie planned a fantastic wedding at The Umstead on Sunday morning, June 15th. The pedestals topped with large sprays of flowers and pale yellow rose petals generously sprinkled around and between the pedestals and down the sides of the aisle created an elegant setting for the wedding ceremony. Arena's grandfather escorted her down the aisle and "handed her off" to Chuck. We honored Arena's late father, Cary, during the ceremony and how influential he had been in Arena's life. They told me they actually chose Father's Day for their wedding in his honor. In the ceremony Chuck and Arena wanted to reflect on how they had met and fallen in love because most of their guests had not heard their story. So, that was incorporated into the ceremony and the guests loved hearing it. We had a parents' blessing, prayer and then the vows and ring exchange. We concluded with the pronouncement, the kiss--of course, and the closing blessing and Chuck and Arena walked down the aisle together beaming. They sure seemed meant for each other:)
Anita Burroughs Price provided wonderful music for the prelude and ceremony on her beautiful golden harp. Neil Boyd was the photographer and Lenny Fritts was the DJ for the reception. Donna Ford of Sweet Memories provided the beautiful wedding cake. Angie (photo on the left), you sure know how to put together a fantastic wedding team! Thanks!