Sealed with a kiss!

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paula and Tim Wed at Raleigh Country Club!

Paula and Tim met with me last April about officiating their wedding set for October 22, 2011 at the lovely Raleigh Country Club. They had met back in 2007 through a professional dating service that set them up for a lunch date. The match was truly amazing. Their lunch date lasted 4 hours because they were so comfortable with each other and conversation was natural and easy. Tim told me that he had been looking for the perfect woman for him for 22 years and was thrilled to have found her at last! Paula was delighted to find a man who was emotionally supportive and has now checked that off her bucket list! They have had many fun adventures together and look forward to marriage as a new and wonderful adventure knowing that they can handle any challenges life may throw their way.
Their wedding date was October 22, 2011 at the Raleigh Country Club, a truly beautiful and elegant setting. Other weddings I have done there can be seen at this link.
I thank my good friend and DJ, Lenny Fritts with Touch of Class DJ, for sending Paula and Tim my way.
Blue Moon Bakery made this delectable wedding cake and Davenport Florists did the flowers. Dave with Kuhn's Photography was there to record the event in pictures and Nicole McMillen with Premier Party Planners was our very astute wedding planner and director. Great team to work with.
Lenny had set up in the reception room with dance floor and had his mobile unit out on the terrace to provide the music for the ceremony. He knew I was the officiant so he was ready to patch my microphone into his system. 
Paula and Tim are such a good-looking couple. They shirked tradition and saw each other before the ceremony and here Dave Kuhn is doing photographs of them on the greens. So beautiful.
Is this not the most spectacular vista? The day was absolutely beautiful for a wedding.
 We were including a sand pouring in the ceremony and everything is set up and ready to go.
Tim and Jeff, the best man, and I entered when it was time to begin and all the guests were seated. They actually had to bring in an additional row of chairs because more guests showed up than were expected.
After our Maid of Honor, Diane, and our Matron of Honor, Cheryl, entered it was time for Paula to be escorted in by her son, Logan. Her other son, Daniel, was sitting on the front row.
At the first sight of Paula, Tim's eyes filled with tears and despite his nervousness, I could tell he was so happy for this day.
They had two readings in the ceremony. The first was read by Tim's sister, Cathy, who traveled from Portland, Oregon, for this special occasion. She presented "Marriage Means Being in Love for the Rest of Your Life" by Chris Ardis.
Tracey, Paula's girlfriend extraordinaire, read "The Key to Love" by Robert M. Millay.
Then it was time for the couple's wonderful story of how they met and fell in love and why they wanted to marry followed by the vows.
 The exchange of rings....
We started the ceremony right at 5:00 and as you can see from the clock behind the couple, it was over in 20 minutes, the perfect length for a wedding ceremony! 
Paula and Tim, I am so happy that you found each other at last! It was my honor to marry you to each other. May life bring you abundant blessings!
This cute little guy was hosting the cocktail hour after the ceremony and before the reception. It was a special tribute to the father of Diane, our maid of honor.

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