The sweetheart table is good to go!
Pomegranate mocktails awaited the guests next to a very pretty display of First Corinthians 13.
The portico was hung with shimmering sheets of glass strands and two pedestals of flowers.
A close up look at the glass beads--actually they were flattened like coins. Very striking effect.
The guests had arrived and we were ready to begin so I entered followed by Rodney and his best man, BJ.
We watched the pretty bridesmaids enter coupled up with the groomsmen.
Jason Martin of Veritas was our photographer. Jason is so talented with a very edgy style I like.
At last Ashley's father, Brian, got to escort his beautiful daughter down the aisle!
Brian presented Ashley to Rodney with her family's blessings.
And so we began. Welcome to everyone, a sweet prayer for Rodney and Ashley, then a tribute to their parents. Then I shared the story of how they met and fell in love with their guests. They met in Raleigh one night in March of 2012 when they were both out on the town with friends. They were instantly attracted to each other and after talking a while they were both smitten. From that point on they became a couple. There have been some ups and downs as Rodney's military service was a challenge to be together. After many 14 hour trips and a few speeding tickets later, Ashley relocated to be with him in Georgia.
Ashley and Rodney chose to include the hand-fasting ritual where I wrapped the cord which represents their love around their left hands. Then they joined their right hands and made their vows to each other.
I removed the cord which was replaced symbolically by their rings.
Then I declared them husband and wife and invited them to seal their vows with a kiss!
I am getting out of the way!!
I introduced them to their guests and the cheering began as they scampered down the aisle!