Jacquie and Kawan set out to make their wedding very unique to them and it was truly delightful in every detail. Kawan's family is from Thailand and Jacquie's family is from the Philippines so they definitely added Asian-Island touches to their wedding. The site was a beautiful natural setting in a semi-circle overlooking a tranquil lily pond. Jacquie's dress was custom-made for her in California. It was off-white, short with full skirt and dainty flower appliques prettily dangling from the hem line above her ballerina shoes. Her bridesmaids wore multicolored pastel print dresses with various colored sandals and they all carried different colored parasols instead of bouquets. Their wedding programs were attached to straw fans with raffia to and they provided little envelopes of tissue for their guests with "For your eyes only" written on the envelopes.
Their wedding cake by Simply Cakes was truly unique! It was a small cake, probably the very top layer of a standard wedding cake, very colorfully decorated. At each table were individually iced pieces of wedding cake placed in clear plastic boxes and artfully stacked. Premiere Catering provided the fabulous refreshments and food and drinks. Wes Gullett with 1st Carolina DJ's provided both the ceremony and reception music and the prelude music for the ceremony was not your standard wedding music. It consisted of the couple's favorite music--upbeat contemporary dance music. The Bridesmaids processed in to Only Hope (Mandy Moore) and the Bride entered to She's Got A Way by Billy Joel. The ceremony was only about 10 minutes in length which we were all grateful for as it was quite hot even for 6:00 in the afternoon.
Jacquie and Kawan created their special ceremony from material I provided so that it would fit their beliefs and feelings. They transformed the standard sand-pouring ceremony into a "stone" ceremony in which they each poured colored glass floral pebbles into the central container. Each color had a meaning characteristic of the bride and groom. Then they added stones representing their love for their 2 year old daughter, Kitana, who was definitely NOT paying attention, but quietly playing with her juice box in her grandfather's lap as everyone else was watching and listening to the tinkle of the glass pebbles being poured! I then pronounced Kawan and Jacquie "equal partners, united in matrimony" and they shared their first kiss as husband and wife amidst applause from the guests and attendants. They recessed out to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.
The guests were glad to go inside the Kirby Horton Hall (visitors' center) and cool off with refreshments while we took photographs.
Michael and Marcy of Michael's Memories were the photographers and Michael Cline was the videographer. Many thanks to Gail Stephenson of Weddings by Gail who kept us all organized as she directed the festivities. See photo to right of Gail and me. Photo to the left is Kitana!
All the best to you, Kawan, Jacquie and Kitana!