April 9th, 2016 was a beautiful sunny day but the wind was so strong that Melissa and Terri wisely chose to move their outdoor wedding from the piazza into the beautiful immaculate horse barn at Portofino in Clayton. I loved working with Melissa and Terri. They have been together many years and are a perfect match for each other. They recently located to North Carolina to be close to family and because Terri has a passion for horses they chose the beautiful estate of Portofino which started as a horse farm to begin their new life and to get married there.
They did a First Look with their esteemed photographer Jason Martin of Veritas Photography. This is a view from halfway down the corridor towards the ceremony area. Cleanest horse barn I have ever seen (or smelled!). All the horses had been moved into the pasture except Terri's horse, Rebel.
Terri checks in on Rebel who seemed inordinately excited!
Jason puts down his camera to tie Terri's errant shoelace.
The amused Melissa watches!
They are so happy on this day. They chose their dresses separately and make such beautiful brides.
Waiting! So much time at weddings is spent waiting!
The two beautiful bouquets are by MEWS Floral Design.
They are so ready for this!Ninety-Nine Entertainment is our wonderful DJ. Jim really knows what he is doing and everything went smooth as ice! It is always good to work with Jim again.
Back downstairs it looks like the guests have arrived, and we are ready to get the processional underway!
Then it was time for the wedding party as I led them down the aisle.
Melissa with Greg, her brother, and her mother, Kathleen, are ready to go!
The guests are standing in honor of our two brides!
And now Terri and her father, Tom, begin their walk.
There they go!
And so we began the ceremony which the brides and I had collaborated on to make it truly theirs. They have a wonderful sense of humor and the ceremony reflected that, generating sweet laughter during the ceremony.
I introduced Heather's reading and as I did so, Rebel let out a loud neigh as if he wanted to do the reading! Perfect timing, Rebel!
After telling the story of how Melissa and Terri met and fell in love and all their many adventures together, followed by what they love most about each other and what they are looking forward to in marriage, they made their vows to each other and exchanged rings.
And away they go! Veils whipping in the wind!
Around the side of the lake with the photographers running behind them getting some great photos I am sure.
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