Sealed with a kiss!

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

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Roberta and Marc's Sweet Wedding at St. Mark's Chapel!

Roberta and Marc and I had so much fun co--creating their sweet wedding ceremony. It truly reflected the two of them. We initially met last August to plan their wedding for May 20, 2012 at the historic St. Mark's Chapel, the dearest little non-denominational chapel on the Mordecai Historic Park campus in downtown Raleigh. The property is owned by the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department and is a jewel of a place to get married. Roberta contacted me because she had been a bridesmaid in one of my weddings in 2006 and knew that she wanted a very personalized meaningful ceremony which she knew is my specialty. So, once the paperwork was done, we went about crafting their ceremony including their love story, what they loved about each other, why they wanted to marry and what they were looking forward to in marriage.
When Marty and I arrived for this wedding, it was a gorgeous day and the chapel was decked out with flowers, even on the rustic old pews. I don't know if they used a florist or did these themselves.
There was a great photo of Marc and Roberta on display! 
The reception was at Caffe Luna so the guests parked there then were transported to and from the chapel by Dolly The Raleigh Trolley which can be rented out for private events--a great idea! 
The chapel filled up quickly and then we were ready to begin the ceremony.
Roberta was hidden away in the old Post Office building nearby and her friend Beth was our director getting everyone inside at just the right time. Roberta entered the chapel and Marc met her halfway down the aisle and escorted her the rest of the way to the altar. The music for the processional was provided by Marc's stepfather Frank who was stationed up in the loft overlooking the chapel.
As they stood and faced their guests, I welcomed everyone.  
Their friend Tara read "Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog" by Taylor Mali and dedicated it to their multi-species home and especially to Marc's rambunctious dog, Diesel!
Their story is a good one. "Roberta told me that before they met in November of 2008 she was quite happy being a single woman and cat lady, so much so that she decided to buy a home on her own. She and her friend Amanda toured the home she was destined to buy and just after she signed on the dotted line, her intuitive friend said, “Now you’ll meet someone.” And, voila, 6 days later Marc appeared on her radar screen." Theirs was truly a match made in heaven and it did not take them long to realize that and become a couple. 
 Let's put the ring on the left hand, okay? 
Their kiss is a blur, but I had to put it in!  
Our photographers, Rebecca and Tim, with Red Fern Photography were busy arranging all the guests on the front steps for a group photo before they headed over to Caffe Luna for the reception.
Roberta and Marc, what a super sweet and poignant wedding! You made your vision come true and now you are married. I know you are so happy! My best wishes for you forever!

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