Sealed with a kiss!

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

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Beautiful June Wedding at the Fish Pool at Duke Gardens for Colleen and Josh!

Josh and Colleen and I met last August to plan their ceremony for June 13, 2015 at the Duke Garden Fish Pool. When you choose your date in advance, what the weather will bring that day is a complete mystery other than knowing that it is likely to be hot in NC in June. We were really grateful that it was going to be a day free of rain, but little did we know the heat index was going to be 104 degrees! Yikes! 
The wedding party and vendors gathered early at the site and the guests trickled in. Here are some on their way down the hill from the pergola to the fish pool.
This is a view of the fish pool and the overlook beyond from the pergola. 
 Their videographer, James Ryan, was set up and I set up my sound system to amplify my voice.
 The musicians from Elegant Ensembles were tuning up. 
 The babies and their parents stayed in the shade. 
 Ready to begin the processional. 
 Best Man, Thomas, escorted in one of the grandparents. 
 The mother of the bride, Marcy, was escorted in. 
 Katie, our pretty Maid of Honor and sister of the bride, entered. 
 Josh's daughters Gabrielle, Ariel and Isabella entered next. 
Jennifer Ball, our tirelessly working wedding planner and director of Knot Your Average Events was beaming as she cued the bride and her father to enter. Good job, Jennifer!
 Standing at the threshold of her new life! 
 And down the steps they go! 
Colleen's mother, Marcy, joined Colleen and Paul as they stepped up in front of Josh and me. I then asked the question and both parents answered.
 Welcome, prayer, remembering loved ones.......
 Then I invited Josh's daughters to join us as Colleen shared some very special and touching words with them. 
 Group hug for this family officially born today!
 The story of Josh and Colleen's meeting, their attraction to each other, dating, romance and proposal came next. 
 Then I revealed to them what the other had told me in confidence that they loved about each other. 
 They read their vows to each other from my book where they were printed facing them. 
 Time to mop Josh's face a bit in preparation for the kiss coming up soon!
 I invited them to look around at their loved ones here to honor them on this day. 
 Then pronounced them husband and wife!
 Of course, the kiss! 
 That sweet "after-kiss" moment again! 
 Here they are, folks!
Colleen and Josh, congratulations! Thank you for inviting me to be part of your wonderful wedding. I know you two are so happy and filled with wedded bliss!
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