Sealed with a kiss!

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

Monday, June 6, 2011

Chrys and Andy's Wonderful Wedding Surrounded by Wolves!

Chrys and Andy are a couple who love to have fun and laugh a lot. They did not want a fancy formal all-the-bells-and-whistles type wedding but they did want to have a meaningful ceremony in front of their family and friends then a big party afterwards. Choosing The State Club on Centennial Campus of NCSU was perfect for their vision. When my husband Dave (my assistant Marty was on vacation this Memorial Day weekend so Dave got drafted!) and I arrived we all marveled at the number of ferocious wolves hanging out! No doubt this was Wolfpack country! And, the Alumni Center known as The State Club was beautiful! Here are some wolves guarding the property.
Mel Manning, their DJ for the reception, got all set up and was talking with Wendy Dorman, the banquet director for The State Club.  I have another wedding here in November and look forward to doing many more.
This is a great place for a wedding. The twin staircases in the lobby are fabulous but I did not get a good photo. You can see them on their website. There is plenty of parking. The banquet room is all set up for the reception. The cake was not available as it was in the big refrigerator not to be brought out until they were ready for the couple to cut it. I really wanted to see it though since it was made by Nantucket Grill and Cafe!
Ruth and Steve Smith were all set up and playing under the canopy provided adjacent to the ceremony site. They live in Boon NC and came all the way to Raleigh for this wedding. They like to travel and do many weddings across the state.  They call their music Celtic Appalachian Music.
The hammered dulcimer is quite an instrument. The music for the wedding ceremony was so beautiful!
It was time to begin and Chrys' father, Doug, escorts her mother, Dianne, in. I told Dianne I loved her hat and that she must have been inspired by the Royal Wedding. She said that she had gotten that hat long before the Royal Wedding. It fit her to a tee! Originally the wedding was to take place in the grassy area to the side of the club but due to rains the night before, it was just too soggy and we were afraid not only the high heels of the bridesmaids would sink but the legs of the chairs! So the chairs were all moved out onto the large terrace in front of the grassy area. 
This is our Maid of Honor, Lauren, sister of the Bride escorted in by the brother of the groom, Christopher.
Here comes the bride and her father. Our very capable wedding director is Sue, Andy's Aunt. She did a great job getting everyone together and cuing them in.
Chrys is a no-nonsense type of gal and did not want all the fuss and bother of a long ball gown. Just does not fit her personality. This dress was just perfect for her.
Andy's best man was his father, Ray. I think he really enjoyed the ceremony. He had a big smile on his face every time I glanced over at him!
 View of the girls.......
 View of the guys......They were not short on attendants!
Ahhhh, married at last! The wedding we co-created was a lot of fun. They met originally on in 2008 while Chrys was doing volunteer work in New Hampshire and Andy was living in North Carolina. As soon as she returned to NC, they met at the Nantucket Grill and Cafe, hence why their wedding cake came from there! After discovering their mutual love of dogs, puppies and good beer they became inseparable.
Chrys and Andy, your wedding was so delightfully YOU! Congratulations!  I wish you all the best for life!

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