Sealed with a kiss!

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

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wedding at Second Empire for Alexandra and Chad!

Alexandra and Chad met with me on June 28th to officiate their wedding on July 19th at the Second Empire. Turns out that Alexandra and I both used to work at the same place but never knew each other. Also turns out that Chad, a professor at Wake Forest University, knows Rabbi Andrew Ettin with whom I co-officiate many weddings. A small world!

I do many weddings at the Second Empire, an elegant restaurant in a beautiful historic home. There are several settings within the restaurant for wedding ceremonies including the front steps. Their lovely wedding was in the Capitol Room downstairs which adjoins the Raleigh Room for the reception. Their beautiful cake was by Swank Cake Design. The photographer was Martin with Gina McLean Photography. The Capitol room has one wall of mirrors so the guests actually saw themselves watching the ceremony! The couple and I stood in front of a brick edged niche filled with beautiful etched green glass. I stepped into position when we were ready to begin and the couple processed in down the aisle and gave roses to their mothers then joined me. We had a warm welcome, a prayer, and a tribute to their parents. The bride's sister, Christy, presented a poem titled "Mater Speed" by Robert Frost who wrote the poem for his daughter's wedding. After a few words on love and marriage, they exchanged vows and rings. I made the pronouncement, they kissed, then we closed with a blessing for the couple. Then it was time to celebrate!

This fall Chad will be teaching in at Bridgewater College near Harrisonburg VA where they will live. Alexandra told me she will probably go to graduate school nearby. All the best to you in your new life together, Alexandra and Chad!

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