Sealed with a kiss!

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

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Elegant Wedding for Erin and Dean!

 Julie Lee contacted me earlier this year to see if I could officiate for her sister, Erin, and her fiance, Dean, on October 1, 2010. Of course I was delighted to do so. Julie is in charge of booking events at the Crabtree Marriott here in Raleigh and we have worked together for years. In fact, in 2003, I did a baby blessing ceremony for her niece and Goddaughter, Gillian, who, now age 7, was at the wedding with her parents, Melissa and Skip! Here is her photo! What a pretty and bright little girl she is. I loved seeing them all again!
In fact, here is a photo of Skip, Melissa, Gillian, Ed and Julie (Godparents), and me on that day in 2003.  
Back to the wedding! This is the reception in Salon C. It is really spectacular. What a transformation of the ballroom!
And this is the bride's face when she saw it for the first time right before she processed in with the bagpiper. 
This is probably the groom's cake. Dean is from London. I am guessing at this but it is probably his family crest. 
The ceremony was held across the hall in the meeting rooms all opened up to form one large one. There were approximately 130 guests. There was a nice long aisle for processing in which was good because a bagpiper escorted Erin in and then escorted the wedding party out at the end of the ceremony. 
These are Dean's children who were the attendants. There is Harry, Danny and Charlotte. Lexi, Erin's daughter, is somewhere behind them.
After we were all inside the ceremony room except for the bride, the doors were closed by Kelly, our coordinator from the Marriott. 
Meanwhile Erin had taken a look at the ballroom and then was ready to follow the bagpiper in. Don't have a good photo of that but I am sure our photographer, Brian Mullins, got a good one so watch his blog! 
That is Lexi, Erin's daughter, on the far left, then Charlotte, then Julie, the Matron of Honor. On the right is Jeff, the Best Man, Danny and Harry. The ceremony was quite sentimental and combined elements from both Dean's heritage and Erin's family. For the prayer, we played a recording of Erin's late grandfather singing The Lord's Prayer which is a custom in their family to play at weddings.
After the vows and rings, we had the family unity sand ceremony which included all four children and the couple mingling their sand together. 
This is what it looked likeafter all the sand was poured in. 
The pronouncement of marriage and the kiss! And it was time for the bagpiper to escort the wedding party out. 
Erin and Dean, I am so happy you found each other. I was honored to officiate your lovely and meaningful wedding ceremony. I wish you all the happiness and love in the world! 

Our Vendors

First of all, the Crabtree Marriott Hotel. A great place for a wedding and reception. All the amenities and plenty of parking too! Julie, thanks for asking me to officiate. Kelly, many thanks for running the show!

Brian Mullins, photographer, one of my very favorite photographers and such fun to work with. Thanks, Brian!

Fresh Affairs did the spectacular florals and decorations for the ceremony and the reception. Always breathtakingly beautiful! 

Blue Moon Bakery did the gorgeous wedding cake and groom's cake. Great job!

Jesse McPherson, Highland Bagpiper, provided the bagpipe music. He was great! He is from Sanford. 

1 comment:

Reverend Kayelily Middleton said...

I just received this note from Erin's mother, Joyce, on Facebook:

Dear Kayelily,

The service for Erin & Dean on 10/01/10 was absolute perfection & you are a true professional in every sense of the word. Now I know why Julie recommended you so highly!

Your lovely, calm voice added just the right touch to a beautiful and meaningful service for our daughter and son in law. This was exactly what they wanted and you followed through with what you brought to the ceremony.

You have my sincere & heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

Warmest regards,
~Joyce Loring

Thank you so much, Joyce. I was delighted to be involved in another momentous occasion with Julie's family and I am so happy that you enjoyed their ceremony so much. It was truly Erin and Dean--just as it should be!