Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Umstead Park Wedding for Andrea and Jon!
Andrea and Jon wanted a simple but meaningful ceremony that included Jon's son, John-Morgan. They love the outdoors and chose to have their wedding at Umstead Park at Shelter #1 that has a patio area with woods all around. Their guests were their parents and closest friends. My assistant, Marty, and I arrived at 3:30 for their 4:00 ceremony and there was no one there and we wondered if the location had been moved indoors due to the chilly weather. We waited about 10 minutes then the wedding party started arriving. We could tell it was them because Andrea was dressed in a beautiful white dress and the men were in suits with boutonnieres. The simple decorations were placed and the family unity sand ceremony was set up on my little table that I brought for the occasion. (You will see it in a lot of these blog posts.) We started right on time and the guests gathered around to hear the beautiful words of their ceremony. Maranda Young was busy taking photographs and Marty was taking the photos you see here with my camera. We included the Buddhist Marriage Homily in the ceremony to reflect the couple's beliefs. They said their vows to each other and exchanged rings. Then the couple and his son poured their sand together and I pronounced them husband and wife. They were so happy and thrilled to be married to each other. Before the wedding started, Jon was telling me how fortunate that Andrea had come into his life and how much he loved her. We took some photos and Marty and I headed over across I-40 to The Umstead Hotel for my next wedding where I later ran into Andrea and Jon and their guests who were staying there! Congratulations, Andrea and Jon and John-Morgan!