Michelle and Kevin planned their wedding at Duke Gardens pergola for July 31, 2010 and never thought it would be a rainy day. But it was. Not a hard driving rain but a soft gentle drizzle so we proceeded with Plan A instead of Plan B which would have moved their ceremony to An's, a wonderful Asian restaurant in Cary. Marty and I arrived at the gardens, brought our three umbrellas, the table for the sand ceremony and the sound system and got set up.
The musicians from Arioso Strings were doubtful that they could play because their instruments would be ruined if they got wet.
But, we got them arranged on a bench and recruited some umbrella holders to shield them. The young lady with the blue and white umbrella, Mykia, was the assistant to April Pyatt of Your Socialite Events, their wedding planner/director. April and I decided to move the guests up into the pergola. Although the pergola is covered with wisteria vines, it is by no means waterproof but drier than sitting out under the sky. So with the help of the staff at the gardens we got the chairs set up in a semicircular arrangement facing the beautiful vista of the gardens which was a lovely backdrop for the wedding. Most of the guests were holding umbrellas and there was just a small center aisle from which Kevin and I would enter. The rest of the wedding party and parents would enter from the area below the pergola, just as we had rehearsed the day before.
The two sweet flower girls, Theresa and Quynh were ready and had the bottles of bubbles ready to give out. So, I cued the musicians and we began.
Thien La from Charlotte and that is her on the right. Notice that we switched sides for the groomsmen and the bridesmaids but then I forgot to get the couple to exchange places and only realized it after the ceremony began, too late to change. So, Michelle ended up on the side with the groomsmen and Kevin with the bridesmaids. Oh well, it was different!