Sealed with a kiss!

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cynthia and Matthew Wed at The Mill Room in Wake Forest!

Cynthia and Matthew's wedding ceremony was supposed to be in Joyner Park in Wake Forest but March 20th, 2016 turned rainy and cold. So it was moved to the reception site--the Mill Room at The Factory in Wake Forest.
When Dave and I arrived the room had been completely transformed and was looking very elegant thanks to Starla, Cynthia's father's partner. She did an amazing job!
The family unity sand ceremony is ready and in place. 
The tables were pushed to the perimeter of the room so that the guests could sit in rows for the ceremony. Rocky Top was catering and had the food tables ready for the reception. 
Ted, the DJ with Complete Music was ready. He had not planned to provide the ceremony music if it had been at the park but he graciously agreed to handle this for Starla. We hooked my microphone into the system. Complete Music also provided the Photo Booth.
The backdrop was in place and looked like a Scottish scene out of Outlander to me! 
The guests slowly arrived and were coaxed into taking their seats! 
The pretty table with the programs and guest book greeted guests when they arrived. 
I sequestered the groom and groomsmen so that Matthew could not see Cynthia when she arrived. Here he is comforting their daughter who is not sure what is happening!
When the guests had arrived, I started getting the family lined up to process in. 
Then it was time for Matthew and his guys and me to enter. 
After each bridesmaid had entered, it was time for the children to enter. Needless to say, it did not go in orderly fashion but that was not unexpected. Children can be totally unpredictable at weddings!
And now, father of the bride, Sam, proudly escorts Cynthia down the aisle. 
The wedding party awaits. 
The transfer of hands was made and Sam took his seat being careful not to step on the bride's train!
And so the ceremony commenced. 
Starla wrote the ceremony (with a few tweaks by me) that combined Italian Catholic with Celtic elements. She did a great job for one who does not write wedding ceremonies very much at all if ever before! Starla is the bridesmaid to the far left in the photo above.
Look at those very obedient little boys actually paying attention during the ceremony! Proud of them! 
We included the hand-fasting ceremony as a Celtic element and the couple exchanged their vows. 
Then I removed the cord without them releasing hands so that they could symbolically replace the cord with their rings.
The family unity sand ceremony included their four children. 
Then the pronouncement of marriage followed by the.......
The guests and I read the Irish Blessing to the couple then I introduced them as Mr. and Mrs.! 
Cynthia and Matthew, it was my pleasure to join you in marriage. I wish you the best of everything! 
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