The last wedding of my weekend was at Hudson Manor in Louisburg on Sunday November 16th. The balmy weather of Saturday turned cold on Sunday and the wind picked up. The temperature high was 53 degrees. Elizabeth and Chris first planned to have their wedding inside the reception hall when they met with me last May. Then later on they changed their minds and decided to have it on the new Lakeside Terrace at Hudson Manor. It is a beautiful setting for a wedding. But, when you see me wearing my black pantsuit for a wedding, you know the weather must be on the cool side! With their guests all bundled up enjoying the lovely music by Evelyn and Ellie, two violinists teamed up together by Mary Greiner of Musicians Booking Agency, we processed in. The bride's veil was whipping in the wind and her dad wore some of it on his head for a few moments on the way down the aisle! The maid of honor was shivering but Elizabeth did not show any signs of being cold--something I have come to expect of brides. They are apparently so much in the moment, they become oblivious to the ambient temperature. The wedding ceremony was very much representative of these two people. They included the Celtic handfasting ritual, saying their vows to each other while their hands were bound by the handfasting sash making the formation of the infinity symbol.
I symbolically blessed their rings with the four elements--earth, air, water and fire-- then they exchanged rings and poured their red and white sand together. Then came the pronouncement of marriage and the kiss. We closed with the Indian Wedding Blessing and I introduced them to their guests as Mr. and Mrs. The music began and after the wedding party had recessed, I invited the guests inside to get warm and enjoy refreshments. They got to see Elizabeth and Chris' adorable wedding cake which was created by Cinda of Cinda's Creative Cakes.
In the meantime the wedding party and I got in some photo shoots in front of the manor house by Aimee Bickers and her assistant, Brooke, of Pure Expressions Photography. Chris and Elizabeth were so happy to finally be married. Now the celebration begins! All the best to you, Elizabeth and Chris!