Sealed with a kiss!

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

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Showery Wedding for Matt and Elaine at The Merrimon-Wynne House!

Matt and Elaine chose the beautiful Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh for their wedding venue. Their wedding day, June 20, 2015, turned out to be a rather warm day with on and off showers. Katie Dunn with La Fete had a full staff who kept busy trying to dodge the raindrops! They did an incredible job of keeping Matt and Elaine's wedding on track and beautiful. In fact, she referred the couple to me. Thank you, Katie. Always a pleasure to work with you.
It was 4:30 in the afternoon when I arrived. The sun was shining brightly with just a few wispy white clouds in the sky.
But, because it had been raining shortly before, the chairs were all set up to have the wedding ceremony under the tent. You can see that some of the brick pavers were still damp. I got busy setting up my microphone with their DJ, Mark with Joe Bunn DJ.
Katie and her staff had also done the flowers for the wedding. 
Then, it was decided to take the wedding ceremony back outside! So Katie and her staff and anyone else handy helped put the chairs in place. I helped put the battery operated fans on the chairs.
Mark moved his DJ mobile unit outside and we did a sound check. 
It was looking pretty good, weather wise, and so we got in line for the procession. The Chuppah bearers went in first.
Katie was well prepared for this wedding. They had gotten lots of blue and white striped umbrellas in case of rain which also served to deflect the bright sun. She had so wisely brought a cooler full of ice and water in which there were white washcloths for guests and vendors to cool themselves down with. I certainly appreciated it. Look at that pretty sky!
Here they come! 
They guys and I were walking down the aisle at this point while the bridesmaids in their pretty floral dresses were waiting for Katie to cue them in. Katie is in the middle with the white washcloth.
Our flower girl Abby and ring bearer Quintin entered. 
Abby's dad is Howard, our best man, who motioned her to come forward. She later sat with an adult. 
Elaine and her dad, Bob, start their walk down the aisle. 
So now we begin. Notice that Quintin is still standing with us! He was a little trooper! 
Josh and Shelley with Hartman Outdoor Photography were capturing images of this wedding. 
After the welcome, honoring of the parents and their friends and their two fur babies Boomer and Rico, I got to tell the story of how they met in veterinary school in Pennsylvania. It is a good story. They ended up here in Raleigh because Elaine had finished her residency and set up a practice in Cary. Matt was serendipitously matched for his residency at the Vet School at NCSU. He proposed on New Year's Eve of 2013, celebrated with a trip to New Orleans then planned this wedding to coincide with Matt's finishing his residency. California, here they come!
They read their vows to each other from my book. 
Matt placed the ring on Elaine's finger and repeated words after me. 
Elaine did the same.......
I placed the glass to be broken at Matt's feet, made the pronouncement of marriage then invited Matt to break the glass and kiss his beautiful wife!
And what a kiss! I had advised Matt to make it long enough to get a good picture--and he sure did! 
Finally! They set the course for their new adventure--marriage! I invited the guests to go inside the house and get cooled off and as soon as they all got inside, the heavens opened up and unexpectedly dumped a full-blown rain shower on everyone still outside!
Elaine and Matt, congratulations. You were so easy going and laid back and delightful to work with to make your wedding ceremony memorable and so reflective of the two of you!  I wish you all the best life can bring you!
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1 comment:

Rev. Barbara Lodge said...

Very nice write-up - and such a lovely chuppah.