Ashley and Sean's wedding at The Oaks at Salem in Apex was simply gorgeous, picture perfect. Although the rain clouds were pursuing us, they never dropped any rain, or at least not while I was there. Their wedding day was April 18, 2015 at the new ceremony site for this lovely venue. Well, it is not really a new site having been home to a big oak tree that sheltered many weddings for many years in the past. But the tree had been struck by lightning and just did not survive so in its place the owner, April Maness, had this elegant "wedding wall" constructed. It is so fantastic for weddings and I actually prefer it to the tree.The Perfect Beat was a great guy to work with and the sound was perfect. Thanks, Ronnie!
Brides and Bouquets provided the wreaths and sprays, glass vases of flowers hanging from shepherds hooks flanking the aisle and a scattering of white rose petals. It could not be any prettier! They also provided the centerpieces on the reception tables and the bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding party.
Here is the view from the ceremony site and you can see the looming darkening clouds.
Gigi's Cupcakes. "Love is sweet!" Beau Catering was providing the delicious menu.
On an easel was this sign.
View of the ceremony site from the reception area.
The guests have arrived........
The latecomers are rushing to grab a seat!
What a handsome bunch of guys! Sean included both his father and stepfather and his brother as groomsmen.
And now the girls make their long walk around the lake. Caleb, ring bearer, takes up the rear.
Ashley is simply beautiful and her dress is stunning. Her father, Perry, loved escorting her in.
Don't forget to give Daddy a little kiss!
Welcome to all remembering those who are not with us....
...then a prayer.
I stepped out to address the parents and tell them how grateful their children are for their love and support.
Then it was time for their story, how they met at work in 2012 and were really smitten with each other from the beginning.
They dated for a year then Sean planned a surprise proposal in Savannah, one of their favorite places to visit. So romantic!
And now it is time to reveal to them what the other told me.
The symbolism of the rings was next.
Exchange of rings.....
The pronouncement of marriage legally binds them in marriage--a pivotal moment!
A great kiss and the veil stayed put!
There is that "after-kiss" moment--so sweet as the reality of the marriage sinks in!
Presentation of the newlyweds to their guests!
And away they go!
The wedding party went one direction for photos and the guests went the opposite way around the lake for cocktail hour. The Carolina Mediastar Photography team of Joshua and Sarah were there to capture this beautiful wedding in photographs. It was good to work with them yet again!
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