Sealed with a kiss!

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

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sarah and Rick Wed at St. Mark's Chapel in Raleigh!

Sarah and Rick fell in love with St. Mark's Chapel and came to see me last January to officiate their wonderful wedding there today, November 8, 2008. Their reception was at The Umstead Hotel but they wanted an intimate wedding with their family and closest friends in this quaint historic chapel. Although the weather can be iffy for an outdoor wedding in November, it was a beautiful fall afternoon following a morning rain shower. We had our rehearsal on the day before to go through the logistics of the processional and ceremony. Andrea and Sherrie, wedding planners/directors of Bustles and Blooms, were on hand to make sure every detail was taken care of. (See photo of Andrea and me below, and the other of Sherrie making sure the coast was clear to bring in the bride and her mother.) I had not worked with them before and it was such a pleasure! Thanks, Andrea and Sherrie!

Marty and I arrived about 30 minutes ahead of time and I helped pin on the boutonnieres. Our photographer was Ken Luallen and his assistant, April. The music was provided by violinists Paul Goldsberry and Marshall Johnson of the John Brown Entertainment Group. Sarah and Rick planned a very colorful wedding with the rich oranges, golds and greens of the fall season. When Sarah arrived by limousine and all the guests were seated, the processional began. The wedding ceremony went very smoothly. Sarah was escorted in by her mother, Genie, who was in tears both at the rehearsal and at the wedding! I welcomed the guests, gave an opening prayer, and paid tribute to families--including their loved ones who were not with us and the ones that were. Then we had 3 readings, one by Jeannette, a friend of Sarah's from high school days, one by her Uncle Mike, and one by Ashley, Rick's niece. The couple made their vows, exchanged rings and I made the pronouncement. Following the kiss, we closed with a prayer and I introduced the newlywed couple to their guests. Family members stayed for a group photo after the wedding while the other guests proceeded to The Umstead for the celebration! It was a grand wedding. Blessings, to you, Rick and Sarah!

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