Sealed with a kiss!

Sealed with a kiss!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wonderful Winter Wedding for Jamie and Quinton at the Merrimon-Wynne House!

When Dave and I arrived for Jamie and Quinton's wedding on December 13th, 2014 at the historic Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh, the sun was shining and the temperatures comfortable enough for grabbing some great shots of the couple, the wedding party and their families on the lawn before the guests arrived. Adam Brophy was their photographer and they began with a "first look" session where the bride and groom see each other before the wedding. So sweet and romantic!
Jamie is so beautiful in that dress that is absolutely a "YES" for her! She and her bridesmaids and flower girl are awaiting their turn for photos. Not in this picture is the maid of honor, Emily.
All the guys. Included are Jamie's dad, Kenny, on far left and Quinton's dad, Earl--his best man, third from right, and our ring bearer.
Quinton's parents, Earl and Terry are to his right. Jamie's parents, Kenny and Phyllis, her brother Joe and his family--Heather, Josie and Evan, are on Jamie's left!
Got a great photo of me with the couple in the nice daylight rather than after the ceremony when it had gotten dark. Their wedding was at 5 PM.
Beautiful old restored home in downtown Raleigh as the sun is setting.
I bet this house has hosted more weddings than we can even imagine!
The ceremony  was in the back parlor with the guests facing this fireplace.
This pretty cake is by Cinda's Creative Cakes. The flowers for the wedding were furnished by Fallon's Flowers and Posh Nosh was the caterer. Darren Hunnicutt was our DJ.
I included this shot to show you the artful arrangement of wreaths on the wall in front of this mirror. They are grapevine wreaths with greenery interwoven, and every one was a different size.
My husband, Dave, who was my photographer for this wedding got a photo of himself in that gorgeous mirror!
It is almost time to start. Most of the guests are seated. They guys and I are all hanging out in the front parlor from where we will enter. Quinton sure looks happy!
Dawn, in pink, is expecting a baby in January. She is taking those steps very carefully. Emily, our maid of honor, is behind her.
You can see the wreaths on the other wall here. I had such a nice conversation with Jamie's dad, Kenny. He has had some very serious health issues and we are so grateful that he is with us, and although he has some visual difficulties, you would never know it! I love his sense of humor!
Evan and Josie are trying to stay still on the couch while Kaila (the venue director) cues Earl to escort in Terry, then Phyllis will be escorted in by her son Joe. Earl and Joe will join me and the guys in the front parlor from where we will enter.
Earl is with us now and Joe is on his way down the aisle with Phyllis.
We await the lovely bridesmaids!
Heather has entered and now Diana, Dawn....
                                                                      ....and Emily!
Flower girl and ring bearer are on their way!
And here they come! 
Is Jamie a happy bride or what!! Kaila straightens her train.
And so now we begin the ceremony of getting them married!
Jamie was so excited that she was pumping Quinton's hands up and down with joy!
After the Parents' Blessing and Community Blessing, I invited all but the best man and maid of honor to be seated for the remainder of the ceremony. They asked their friend Mary to read "Sonnet XVII" by Pablo Neruda. 
I told their story and now they get to hear what each one told me they love about each other. 
They read the vows they had written secretly to each other from my book.  
Time for the exchange of rings. Jamie goes first.
                                                                       Then Quinton.
The pronouncement is the legal statement that joins them in matrimony!
We know what follows next!
The "after-kiss" moment!
The music started before I introduced them but not a problem! 
So happy! 
A milestone moment, an unforgettable milestone event in their lives! 
Out to the front porch for a few photos. 
I said goodbye to them as I left for another engagement.
"I'll let you know when I get your wedding up on my blog!"

Jamie and Quinton, although we were rushed, I really enjoyed working with you and getting to know you and your families. Your wedding was fabulous and I think everyone enjoyed it. I wish you all the happiness and contentment in the world! 
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