Sealed with a kiss!

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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beautiful Summer Wedding for Kaitlin and Ryan at The Oaks at Salem!

If you didn't know we are in Apex NC, this scene might look like it is in Scotland or Ireland, or maybe Italy or Spain! It is The Oaks at Salem, a wonderful wedding venue. Kaitlin and Ryan chose this beautiful place for their wedding on July 11, 2015 and the weather was beautiful. 
The wedding courtyard awaits the guests and wedding party.
Back across the lake is the manor house and tented terrace for the reception. The guests have gathered there before walking around the lake to the ceremony area. 
Inside is the donut wedding cake by Duck Donuts of Cary
The head table is getting ready!
The other tables are awaiting the china and silverware. Beau's Catering was doing the honors. 
So now the guests are seated and Phillip with Anything Music DJs, is ready to start the processional music. 
The groom's parents lead the way around the lake. Ryan, his best man Allen, and I follow. The grandparents have been given a ride in the golf cart ahead of time.
And so we await the bridesmaids and groomsmen coming in as couples. Our photographer, Jordan Maunder, and his second shooter, and Jon with Jon Clark Weddings Video are awaiting them.
And here they come......
And then Kaitlin and her mother, Cathy, make their walk around the lake. 
Kaitlin's father, Vick, is not living and so I asked Cathy as herself and as Vick's representative, if she blessed and supported Kaitlin as she came to join in marriage with Ryan. Of course she said yes!
And here we go! (The sun is shining brightly right in my eyes!)
We began with a warm welcome to all, a beautiful prayer, remembered those not with us, and then a community blessing where I asked all the guests for their support and blessing of this marriage.
Then I got to tell the story of how Kaitlin and Ryan met and fell in love. It is a good story and quite romantic. It was back in 2011 when they were both in college, different colleges. Ryan spotted Kaitlin's photo on Facebook and noticed that they had gone to the same high school. So he sent her a message introducing himself. They messaged and texted and were amazed how much they had in common.
So, over Thanksgiving holiday they met and continued the conversation. At Christmas they met each other's family and the dating officially began. Ryan proposed in April of 2014 and they began planning this wedding.
Then they got to hear what each of them told me they loved about each other!

The vows.......
The rings.....
The blessing of the hands.......
The big pronouncement of marriage that makes it all legal! 
They were ready for this kiss! 
"Honey, do you realize we are married?"
Checking the veil.....
Mother of Bride and her son Chad exit.......
Mother of the Groom, Cindy, and Father of Groom, Ted exit.........
Beautiful couple! 
Kaitlin and Ryan, you worked so hard on this wedding and it was a grand success! I think it met all your expectations. Thank you for working so diligently on your ceremony with me. It was really uniquely you. Congratulations!
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