Shonne contacted me on February 16th about officiating for their wedding scheduled for March 30, 2013 in Raleigh. She wrote: We have been together for 5 years and are very much in love. We want a small backyard wedding with family and friends that focuses on love, commitment and our bond with each other. I heard the clip of you on the wedding video from your website and just know that you would be a perfect fit for what we want. I look forward to hearing from you. Shonne and Denny live in Virginia but met in Raleigh six years ago. We made all the arrangements via email and did not meet in person until I arrived for their wedding celebration at Denny's mother Dottie's home in South Raleigh.
The backyard was all prepared for this small family wedding. They had several friendly dogs that they planned to lock in the house but that did not work. Since I love dogs I suggested they let them join our guests--and they were good dogs, in fact I did not even notice them during the ceremony.
Maddy, Denny's daughter, and Denny's nephew, Tyler, hold on to Drew, Shonne's nephew, as they walk into the ceremony.
Drew thinks weddings are wonderful!
Here comes the bride with her parents, Kathy and Larry!
A blessing for Maddy!
A few tears!
Blessing for their baby daughter who is to be born to them in July as they place their hands on her.
With this ring....
The Family Unity Sand Ceremony which includes Maddy and the new baby as well!
And here they are, ladies and gentlemen, Shonne and Denny, wife and husband!
A walk through the bubbles!
Hugs and tears all around for the happy couple and their families.
Shonne and Denny, congratulations on your marriage! You too, Maddy! It was my delight to marry the two of you and I wish you a lifetime of happiness and satisfaction!