Sealed with a kiss!

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

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Very Elegant Wedding for Cassie and Josh at the Carolina Inn!

As you can see from the photo below, it was a rainy day thanks to Hurricane Joaquin whose bands of rain and wind whipped through the Triangle sending all weddings indoors! That is absolutely not a problem at the historic and popular Carolina Inn! 

Dave, my husband and photographer for this blog, and I arrived at the Carolina Inn on October 3, 2015 for two weddings back to back. The first one was Cassie and Josh's wedding which was supposed to take place in the Bryan Courtyard. 
Their reception was in the Old Well Room so the Alumni Room was the logical choice for the ceremony. We knew it would be cozy with all the guests in it but nevertheless it was beautiful. And the acoustics are so nice that I did not need amplification. 
The Watered Garden provided these beautiful floral arrangements at the front and on the chairs as well as the bouquets and boutonnieres.
Elegant Ensembles musicians were placed just outside the entrance to the room because there was not enough room in the room for them.
The Old Well Room was all set up and the groom was hidden away in there before the ceremony. 
This beautiful cake was baked by Cakes by Chloe. 
Their gift box was filled with quotes for a wedding! 
It was my pleasure to work with Carly Abernathy of La Fete Events on this wedding. She got us all lined up for the processional.
The parents were escorted in first, then Josh and me, then the bridesmaids and groomsmen as couples.
And then it was time for our sweet little flower girl, Emelia!
Cassie's father, Joe, proudly escorted her down the aisle and stopped in front of Josh and me. 
He answered "Her family and I do" to my question "Who blesses and supports Cassie as she comes to join in marriage with Josh?"
After the guests were seated, we began with a warm welcome to all and a sweet prayer. We remembered those no longer with us then a tribute to their parents.
Then there was a blessing for their adorable little 2 year old son, Liam, who went from one grandmother's lap then was whisked away by his babysitter to find more entertaining things to do!
I loved sharing the story of how they met and fell in love with their guests. 
Then the big reveal of what they each told me confidentially that they loved about each other. 
They read their vows to each other from my book where the words were facing them in large font!
                                                           The exchange of rings was next.....
The pronouncement, kiss, after kiss moment when the reality of the marriage is sinking in! 
I introduced them to their guests as husband and wife!
And out they go! 
We went down the hall and out to the drive-through area of the Inn for some photos. Cassie and Josh, what a beautiful wedding! I know you are so happy. Thank you for giving me the honor of joining you in marriage! 

Many thanks to all our wonderful vendors!

Venue: The Carolina Inn
Wedding Director: Carly Abernathy with La Fete
Musicians: Elegant Ensembles
Photographer: Casey Rose Photography
Florist: The Watered Garden
Wedding Cake: Cakes By Chloe

Makeup/Hair: Make Up For Your Day
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