Sealed with a kiss!

Sealed with a kiss!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Bradford Hosts the Lovely Wedding of Carolyn and Aaron!

Carolyn and Aaron's wedding on April 11, 2015 was the first wedding for me at The Bradford--a wonderful new wedding venue located in New Hill. It may seem far away but it is a straight shot down Hwy 1 South and does not take long from downtown Raleigh. The sisters Dana and Courtney of C&D Events made their dream come true by building this lovely house specifically for weddings and it just opened last fall.
I met Carolyn and Aaron for the first time at the open house gala for The Bradford last fall although we already had scheduled a consultation. They loved the idea of including their love story and what they loved about each other in the ceremony.
From the wedding at The Stockroom in downtown Raleigh, Marty and I zoomed down to New Hill and enjoyed seeing the property in the process of getting all decked out and final touches. This is the reception area next to the ballroom. For outdoor weddings, they have a couple of very nice spots.
The Goody Box in Morrisville provided this beautiful cake. Beau Catering provided the delicious food. 
The Bradford provided all the flowers. 
Inside the house was the table holding the bridesmaids' bouquets.
Meanwhile, upstairs in the office over the ballroom, I found the guys and had Aaron's brother Isaac sign the marriage license for me.
Dana and Caroline, her assistant for the day, doing last minute things like taking the dog bed and placing it at the foot of the Mother of the Bride's chair for Izzie!
Meet Izzie, beloved fur baby of Carolyn and Aaron, held by one of Carolyn's brothers. She has a sock cover to protect her foot recovering from an injury. No matter, she prefers being held!
Getting the parents lined up to process in, Aaron's parents--Patricia and Russell, followed by mother of the bride, Carolyn escorted by her sons--and carrying Izzie.
Then it is the guys and I next. They were pumped and ready for this wedding! Our very capable and helpful DJ for this wedding was Josh with Island Sound and I thank him for his expertise! 
Now for the lovely maidens! 
Pretty "glitter" girls, Lindsey and Olivia--Smile, girls! (They sprinkled glitter instead of flower petals!) 
Wait for me---Maid of Honor Yolanda rushes in! 
And now for the bride! 
Carolyn looked simply gorgeous. I love the big floppy flower on her head anchoring the veil.
Caroline straightens the train.
Daddy Warren lifts the blusher veil and I helped smooth it back to look good in pictures!
Our lovely ladies! 
Our good looking men! Blessing of the parents. 
Their story generated a lot of great laughter. Carolyn and Aaron really love humor and they had plenty to share with me to include in the ceremony. Aaron is such a good sport--most of the humor was poking fun at his shyness and how long it took for him to propose!
Let's exchange the vows and rings now. 
They spoke the traditional vows after me line by line as they put the rings on their fingers. 
Lighting of the Unity Candle. 
Aaron grabs a look at all the guests! 
The pronouncement of marriage!
Yeah! Great kiss, Aaron! 
And they flew out in a blur! 
The wedding party congregated in front of the house for photos by Three Little Birds Photography.
Congratulations, Carolyn and Aaron! Your wedding was delightful and I hope it fulfilled all your dreams. I am so happy you found each other and gave me the honor of joining you in marriage! 
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