Jennifer contacted me in December about officiating a small private wedding for her and Jonathan. She wanted a natural landscape with a pretty view. I suggested many places around the Triangle area but none seemed to fit. I also suggested the Second Empire even though it is right downtown and does not offer a scenic view of the countryside! But, that is what they found to suit them just right. Second Empire is happy to have your ceremony there for no charge other than the food and beverages and reception area which is so special and elegant. Tracy at Second Empire will see to every detail for you. So, they decided on having the ceremony outside on the brick landing with their small number (10) guests standing close by so they could hear the ceremony. I wrote a sweet ceremony for them that they got to edit and approve ahead of time.
The weather was just right on March 21 at 4:30 PM. Jennifer and Jonathan hired Greg Putnam to play the Chapman Stick which is a 13 stringed instrument that combined the guitar and the bass and played like a piano just pressing the strings to make very pretty music. He can be reached at (919) 934-7816. The guests, the groom and I gathered on the landing and awaited Jennifer who was escorted in by her parents. We began with a welcome and a parents' tribute and they gave roses to their mothers. They exchanged their vows and the rings and I pronounced them husband and wife. After the kiss everyone gathered around to congratulate them. We took a few photos and then the guests adjourned to the Capital Room which was set up with a large square table to seat 12. The beautiful wedding cake was made by the pastry chef at Second Empire. We left the happy couple and their families and friends to celebrate! All the best to you, Jennifer and Jonathan!