Sealed with a kiss!

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

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chatham Hill Winery Hosts their First Wedding for Joni and Jason!

Joni called me the day before Thanksgiving to find out if I could officiate her wedding on 12/7/08 at the Chatham Hill Winery in Cary which is right off I-40 at Aviation Parkway. She and Jason had apparently decided to get married on short notice! I was so glad that I was available to do this for them. We made all the arrangements and started working on the ceremony which would include their two adorable daughters, Brynn and Alyssa. I had never been to the winery before and was looking forward to seeing it and finding out how a wedding would be staged there. When 12/7 arrived, Marty and I found our way to the winery and were amazed at the nice space they had. The wedding ceremony was held in the Barrel Room which can accommodate 36 chairs with a center aisle. It was quite comfortable but at the same time quite unusual decor for a wedding! Meghan Reynolds, the winery hostess that evening, recognized me right away. She and I had worked together on weddings when she worked at the Matthews House and at Homestead Suites in Cary. It was great to see her again and chat with her. Seems that since I had last seen her she had married and been offered a great job at the winery where she had worked many years ago. She told me that this was the first wedding that has been done there and they would like to host more weddings as well as receptions.

Back to the wedding.........when Joni and the photographer and Brynn and Alyssa arrived we were ready to get begin the ceremony. Our guests who had been waiting (and sampling the wine) were ready to have the ceremony done and the celebration continue! Their beautiful cake was made by Jason's mother and Joni the day before. What a great job they did!

Joni's father, Bill, escorted her in and transferred her hand into Jason's. Meghan faded the music and the ceremony began. The couple had edited the ceremony to suit them and it was lovely. We honored their parents and their daughters, they exchanged vows and rings and I pronounced them husband and wife as their guests applauded while they sealed their vows with a kiss!

After the wedding, Jason's mother told me that I had also officiated the wedding of their daughter, Jason's sister, Shannon, and her husband, Mikey, at Duke Gardens many years ago--see their photo! Wow! I was not looking for them so I did not recognize them and they are now the parents of two small children. I did get to speak to Shannon but did not see Mikey before we left. What a small world!

Congratulations, Joni and Jason, Brynn and Alyssa!


Jill said...

Hello Kayelily, Thank you for your very nice write up on your blog about Joni and Jason's wedding here at Chatham Hill Winery. We thoroughly enjoy having these incredibly special events at our Winery. We have since had several more ceremonies here in our Winemaker's Barrel Room. I thought I would let you know that Megan had a baby boy, Carson a week ago. She and her husband Justin are in heaven. I will share your kind words with her when she returns. We look forward to having you again here at Chatham Hill Winery. All the best, Jill Winkler, Owner

Reverend Kayelily Middleton said...

Hi Jill,

Thanks for your sweet note and the wonderful news about Megan and Justin and their new son, Carson! I am thrilled for them. (Maybe we can do a baby blessing ceremony for them at the winery!)

You may certainly use the material from my blog. I would love to do more weddings at your lovely winery. In fact, I believe I will be there for a wedding networking event in April and surely I will see you then.