This was the first wedding of 5 for me today. The weather was chilly and it rained the night before. The forecast was iffy for rain this morning too. Nancy and Frank live and work in Florida and they contacted me to officiate their wedding at Duke Gardens. We made all the arrangements by email and created a ceremony to fit their beliefs and love for each other and also included Nancy's son, Nicholas, and Frank's son, Brian. I met them for the first time at their rehearsal in the pouring rain Friday night. They made contingency plans with the G-Loft in case of rain but miraculously, the rain cleared overnight and it was bright and clear Saturday morning for the wedding at these beautiful gardens. A trio of flute, violin and cello assembled by Musica provided sweet music. Diana Matthews was the photographer and it was good to work with her again! When all their guests were seated, Nancy's father, Tom, escorted her down the majestic steps from the pergola to the fish pool where Frank, Brian, Nicholas, Lisa (Nancy's sister), Nikki (Nancy's niece) and I were waiting. I began with a warm welcome to the guests and a tribute to Nancy's parents. We remembered Frank's parents who are not living but were with us in spirit. The couple gave beautiful pocket watches to their sons as "timeless" reminders of this special day. After the vows and ring exchange, they poured their sand together symbolic of this family blending together. The guests and the couple really enjoyed the ceremony. Have a great marriage and family life together, Nancy and Frank!