Sealed with a kiss!

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nicole and Tim Marry at the Historic Campbell House in Buies Creek.

Tim and Nicole were having some difficulty finding a minister to marry them in Buies Creek on December 13th and called me. I was happy to officiate for them since December is not in the busy wedding season and I had no other weddings scheduled that day . Usually I do not travel quite that far to do weddings but I found out it is actually only about 40 miles away and I do travel to Benson and Louisburg for weddings which is about the same distance. Anyway, they planned a small wedding with family and friends. We made all the arrangements by email and US Mail and Marty and I arrived at the Campbell House about 20 minutes before ceremony start time. I met Tim and then Nicole and her 5 year old son Will and got the marriage license. I noticed that Tim was born and raised in Dalton GA, not far from Cedartown GA where I grew up and later worked at a hospital in Dalton in the 1980s when I lived in Chattanooga.

The wedding started right on time as Nicole's father and Will escorted her down the aisle to Tim. We began with a welcome and thanks to all then an opening prayer. We paid tribute to Nicole's parents who were with us and remembered Tim's parents in Dalton who could not travel to be with us. We recognized Will and how important he is to his mother and Tim. They gave him a handsome family medallion as a memento of the occasion. Nicole and Tim exchanged vows and rings then we had a family unity candle ceremony where the couple and Will lit their own candles from a source candle then together lit a Family Unity Candle. Then I made the happy pronouncement and invited Tim and Nicole to share their first kiss as husband and wife.
It was a fine wedding and I received lots of compliments on the ceremony from the guests. We took some photos then I got the license signed by the two witnesses. Marty and I returned to Raleigh shortly after that to meet my husband, Dave, and all go to dinner and to the Master Chorale Concert together. What a nice day and evening! Congratulations, Tim, Nicole and Will!

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