Sealed with a kiss!

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

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fun and Fabulous Wedding for Laura and Pete at The Cotton Room!

Laura and Pete's wedding was so much fun and it was such an honor to have been part of their wedding day. It was October 4th, 2015 at The Cotton Room in Durham.
This gorgeous cake was baked by Cinda's Creative Cakes. 
The drapes on the left are the boundary of the ceremony area. These beautifully appointed tables are pushed together and after the ceremony will be spread out into the space the ceremony was and the chairs placed around the tables. Triangle Catering is the dedicated caterer for The Cotton Room and everything looks so pretty--as usual!
The sweetheart table!
A peek outside the window shows that it is still a rainy day but it does not dampen this wedding as we are cozy and dry inside, ready for this wedding!
This is the lobby area where the guests hang out before the ceremony and where the wedding party lines up to enter.
Meet Herbie! Pete and Laura's beloved Bassett Hound who could not be with us physically but is here in image! 
Winifred Garrett is our wonderful harpist who graced us with heavenly music for the prelude and processional and recessional.
Ready for our guests........
Some photos of the couple....

These are the signs for the restrooms! Vintage for this historic cotton mill. 
This pillow is significant because Pete proposed to Laura at the Brooklyn Bridge Park! 
Our wonderful DJ is Eric Hodgden with All Around Raleigh DJ Company. 
The guests are seated and so here we go!
After Laura's grandmother and Pete's mother were escorted in, Mother of the Bride, Lyn, was escorted in by Nick, groomsman. Lyn actually hired me to officiate, sight unseen, back last February and I did not meet Laura and Pete until they come to NC in August. They live in New York City. I met Lyn for the first time at the rehearsal the day before the wedding. I told her that I was honored she hired me without even meeting me. She replied that she had "checked me out thoroughly!"
Time for Pete and me to enter followed closely by the groomsmen. 
Watching the bridesmaids enter one by one.
Once we were all in place and waiting for the bride, Lyn placed the poster cutout of Herbie next to me as a surprise for Laura who really wished that Herbie could be with us.
Laura is escorted in by her sweet father, Stan. 
After Stan answered my question, he shook Pete's hand then placed Laura's hand into Pete's and was seated. 
Pete's sisters, Emma and Eva, shared readings from Mark Twain and an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit, then I launched into the story of how Laura and Pete met. It was 10 years ago in 2005 when Laura was visiting her good friend Aaron in Binghamton NY. She and Aaron had become close friends at UNC. Pete was a good friend of Aaron's. For the next 4 years, there were many more trips to NY to visit Aaron and Laura and Pete became good friends. Then at Aaron's sister's wedding in 2009, things changed. They flirted and danced the night away and began talking every day after Laura returned home to North Carolina. It was not long before Pete made the trip to North Carolina to visit Laura and they've never looked back. In 2010 Pete started law school in NYC and Laura moved to NYC about 6 months later, 5 blocks away--a big improvement over commuting between NC and NY! In December of 2014 after graduating law school, Pete decided it was time to propose and concocted a elaborate plan to do so that did not exactly go according to plan except for Laura saying yes! And they celebrated with their families who were waiting nearby. Yep, Laura's family had traveled to NYC and even brought Herbie with them for this special occasion! It was a wonderful celebration! And the wedding planning commenced!
They exchange their vows by reading them from my book to each other. Straight from their hearts!
The rings........
The pronouncement of marriage!
I told them at rehearsal to make sure the kiss was long enough for their photographer, Megan Kime, to get a good shot!
And so they did! 
Laura had to come up for air!
Yay! We're married!
The introduction of the newlyweds!
Stan, Herbie and Lyn! 
Hey, you two! What a privilege to know you and join you in marriage. I loved your wedding! I wish you the best of everything always!

Our wonderful vendors for this wedding

Wedding Director: Shelly Clayton with The Cotton Room
Harpist Winifred Garrett  
Eric Hodgden All Around Raleigh DJ

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