Sealed with a kiss!

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

Monday, August 18, 2008

Elaine and Hwa Wed at the Carolina Inn!

The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill is an elegant and popular place for weddings. The staff is so efficient that they can have several weddings and receptions happening simultaneously. I love doing weddings there. Elaine and Hwa chose to have their wedding in the Ann Hill Courtyard out front on August 16th. It had rained the night before and the grass was a bit soggy but the Inn provided rubber mats for the aisle so the bridesmaids did not sink! Marty and I set up my sound system and did a sound check with the two readers and we were set to go. Harpist and Floutist Brittany and Marisa Farrell provided lovely music for the occasion.

After the seating of Elaine's grandmother and their parents, Hwa and his groomsmen and I entered and took our places. then the 5 lovely bridesmaids and maid of honor entered. They had two ring bearers and two flower girls but they got a bit off track for a while but eventually two of them made it down the aisle thanks to our very capable wedding director, Cori Stocum! (You can rehearse children over and over but when the seats are filled with the guests on the wedding day, their reaction is unpredictable!) Then Elaine's proud father escorted her down the aisle. Her beautiful wedding dress was dazzling--one of the prettiest I have ever seen and it fit her perfectly! Elaine and Hwa honored their parents by having letters they had written to them read both in Chinese and in English. Amanda and Hao did a great job presenting the letters. The bride and groom read their vows to each other from my book and we concluded with the rings, pronouncement, the kiss, and introduction of the newlywed couple to their guests.
Then it was time for Amy Hathaway, their photographer, to get the post-wedding photos of the wedding party and family. My roadie, Marty, was in charge of my camera and took these photos. After my sound equipment was all packed up, we took a look at the beautiful wedding cake and the ice sculpture. Wow! I don't know who did the cake and the ice sculpture to give them credit. Maybe Elaine or Hwa will leave a comment on this blog telling us who. We ran into Randy, their DJ for the reception. He is with Joe Bunn DJ Company and I saw Joe Bunn himself down the hall doing a reception in the Old Well Room for another newlywed couple. Joe gets around!
Congratulations, Elaine and Hwa!

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