Vanja called me from London in March to see if I was available to officiate her wedding to Patrick on June 10, 2011 at Fearrington Village. She explained that she and Patrick, who lives in New York City, wanted his uncle, Governor Dannel Patrick Malloy of Connecticut, to officiate for them but had just found out that although he could officiate weddings in his own state, he was not authorized to do so in North Carolina. So they needed a minister who was willing to work with them in creating a ceremony which included Uncle Dan. I welcomed the opportunity to officiate for Vanja and Patrick and work with his uncle. So, I emailed her a contract which she completed and emailed to me and her mother and father who live in Chapel Hill mailed me a check for my fee. I did not meet Patrick or Vanja in person until the rehearsal the day before the wedding but we were all set to go as Cheryl van Rensburg and Gilda McDaniel of Fearrington Village handled the processional and recessional details.
Krystal Kast, had the bride and her bridesmaids out in front of the inn for photos before the wedding. Vanja is so tall and beautiful and her gown was stunning. She got it at the place where "Say Yes to the Dress" takes place! Vanja is currently living in London where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in art history. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke. She received a masters degree, with distinction, in American fine and decorative arts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York.
Patrick's parents, Bill and Evon, were next. They live in Connecticut.
Vanja's mother, Gordana, was escorted in by Patrick's brother, William.
Governor Dan Malloy and I entered next from the Sun Room followed by the groomsmen and the groom.
The very handsome Malloy brothers! I really needed flashcards to tell them apart!Joe Bunn DJ Company handled the sound for the ceremony which turned out to be quite a challenge. There was my microphone, one for the governor, and one for the readers. The frequencies of the receivers all bled into each other and he had to mute two while one of us was speaking. Since we alternated back and forth, he had to be on his toes and he did a great job because I was not able to tell what he was doing during the ceremony. Dennis Huffstutler with Cinema One Studio was videoing the wedding.
Here comes our gorgeous bride and her proud papa!
It was really special for Vanja and Patrick to have his Uncle Dan be a part of this ceremony.
Evon, Patrick's mother, stepped up and read the "Celtic Wedding Blessing."
Exchange of rings and vows.
And away the go--into their future!
Joe Bunn DJ Company about 9 years ago. I have been officiating weddings for 12 years so we have worked together many, many times.
Vanja and Patrick, thank you for finding me! I loved working with you to create a wonderful ceremony and being part of your special day. I know you will be very happy together and have a long and loving marriage!