Sealed with a kiss!

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lynette and Amy Tie the Knot Legally This Time!

Five years ago on January 1st, 2010, I performed a commitment ceremony for Amy and Lynette in my wedding garden. Of course it was not a legal marriage back then but it was a serious commitment nevertheless. (See that post.) Of course I am delighted that the marriage laws in North Carolina were changed in October of 2014 and that Lynette contacted me about doing a legal ceremony this time almost exactly five years to the date of their first ceremony.
A dear friend of theirs has a horse farm out in Kenly NC--about an hour's drive through beautiful countryside--where we had the wedding on Sunday January 4, 2105--my first wedding of 2015!
The weather was a pleasant temperature but the wind was blowing, the dark clouds were building and the rain was not far behind us. 
Amy and their attendants (Betsy and Cee) and I took our places in front of the fence and awaited Lynette's entrance! (Yay, I got to wear my cowboy boots for this wedding!)
 Julie, who is like a granddaughter to Lynette and Amy sprinkled some rose petals down the aisle. 
 Lynette was escorted in by dear friends who are like parents to her. 
And so we began the same ceremony from 5 years ago but expanded to include their friends and extended family there today.
This is also a double celebration: Lynette just recently reached her five year milestone in recovery from breast cancer. We are all so happy for them!
 Everyone was welcomed and a prayer was said. Some words on love and marriage then I asked them their vows. 
 They put their rings on each other's finger while reading their promises to each other from my book. 
 And now for the long awaited pronouncement that makes their union legal! 
 Celebrated with a kiss and some more rose petals! 
Lynette and Amy--thank you for being in my life. You are inspirations! It was my great honor to join you in matrimony and I am so happy for you! Let's do a renewal of vows ceremony five years from now!! Congratulations and I wish you all the best forever!
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