Sealed with a kiss!

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

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snowy Winter Wedding for Jennifer and Robert at the King's Daughters Inn!

Robert and Jennifer chose the lovely, warm and cozy, King's Daughters Inn for their wedding and reception on December 18, 2010. It was an added bonus that they and their families could stay there overnight as well. This was my first wedding here although I had been to another wedding networking event here this past summer. This 17 room Bed and Breakfast is simply charming and elegant. A wonderful place for a small intimate wedding.  As Marty and I were en route to the wedding this afternoon, the snow flakes started falling as the weatherman had predicted. I think this is the first wedding I have ever done when it was snowing. After we arrived the snow had slowed down and the ground was on the warm side so it did not accumulate. It was so pretty though and gave a special flavor to this beautiful Christmas season wedding.
We went downstairs to check out the reception area and find the wedding cake by Benisha Newell of Cakes Unlimited.
They also had these small custom engraved glasses filled with candy.
Then we went up to the second level and ran into Sonia and Jonathan whom I had married two years ago at the Second Empire. I knew they would be there because Sonia is Robert's (the groom) sister. They are looking mighty fine and told me they were very happily married. Here is a link to their wedding on this blog.

I located the groomsmen and Denice Ray, our wedding director, on the main level and we were ready to start. However, not all the guests had arrived, probably because of the weather. So we delayed starting for 10 minutes  to give them more time to get there. A few did and were grateful they had not missed the start of the wedding.
 The bride and her maidens were ready and waiting on the upper level landing!
Okay! It is time to start. Denice gave the signal for me and the three groomsmen to process in. This is Ken, the best man, walking with me. The other two, John and Brendan, followed. Then Robert escorted his mother, Anne, in followed by his father, Rene. Denice then sent in the two bridesmaids, Logan and Denise and Maid of Honor, Julie. Julianne, our flower girl, did a great job sprinkling rose petals for the entrance of our bride.
Jennifer and her father, Donald, coming down the hall and then down the aisle as all the guests stood in her honor. She was so beautiful floating down the aisle on her father's arm.

Then we began the ceremony with words of welcome, a prayer and words to remember those who were no longer with us in body but were there in spirit. Robert and Jennifer placed stones in memory of his grandparents and her mother into a container which later would be filled with blessing stones that had been given to each guest as they arrived to infuse with their blessings for the couple during the ceremony.
Jennifer and Robert and their guests loved hearing the story of how they met and fell in love. There was lots of humor too. The story was followed by the vows that they had written and read to each other from my book where I had printed them facing the couple. Jennifer kept that hankie I gave her handy too!.
After the ring exchange and a closing blessing, I made the pronouncement of marriage and we applauded their kiss. I think they had been practicing! Our photographer, Robert Filcsik, and his second shooter got some great shots too.
And away they go, now married and so happy to be together.
A parting shot with the newlyweds and then Marty and I left before the weather turned treacherous. Jennifer and Robert, you are a great couple. You planned your wedding so carefully and it paid off. I wish you all the happiness in the world!

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