I knew that Jhon and James' wedding would be extraordinary when their Wedding Planner, Chad Biggs, called me to see if I was available for their wedding June 18th, 2016 at Rose Hill Plantation. I am so happy that I was because it was truly a delight to officiate their wedding. Chad, of course, had assembled an amazing team of vendors: Brandon with Southern Love Studios, Expressions of Love Florist, Island Sound DJ and his own staff.Island Sound brought along Island Sound "tekkie" Shawn who can solve any problem that might arise.
A friend of the couple, Chris Shayne, set up his gorgeous harp inside the gazebo.Rev. Ana Quintana Bird, arrived to get wired up to do the translation. On pondering how to solve the problem that many of Jhon's guests from Colombia, South America spoke only Spanish, I remembered from a cruise that I had been on that the tour guide wore a headset with a microphone and her voice was transmitted to those of us on the tour via battery-powered receivers we hung around our neck and plugged in ear buds. A system like that would allow me to speak the ceremony in English while Ana spoke the words in Spanish simultaneously from the script. Cool. Now to find the equipment. Our innovative and persistent director, Chad, set about scouring the universe for this equipment and found it could be rented. He got twenty sets which worked perfectly. Thank you, Chad. To have alternated the English and Spanish would have doubled the length of the ceremony.
View from the gazebo up the aisle decorated by beautiful flowers by Expressions of Love Florist.
This is Nathan Hall where the reception was being set up.
Pablo and Shawn had the DJ set up and uplighting done. This gorgeous table for the wedding party is luscious!
The rest of the room is taking shape. Almost time to remove that step ladder!
View from Nathan Hall to the Manor House where the guests are assembled on the back porch out of the sun.
Looks like everything is ready!
Chad meets Ana for the first time.
The guests have been seated and now time for the processional.
Such a pretty sight!
Our flower girl, Diana, makes her way down the aisle sprinkling a few flower petals.
Our best men stride right on down!
James and Jhon each came from a different side of the house and met in the middle and started down the aisle together!
The guests are standing in their honor!
And so we began the ceremony.Welcome to all who have come from very far and very near too.
Then a sweet prayer followed by acknowledgement of the love of their families.
We remember the loved ones who could not be with us.
As I finished speaking a section, I would glance at Ana and when her mouth stopped moving, I would begin the next section so we would be together. So cool!
Chad is keeping an eye and ear on the ceremony!
They exchanged their vows and sealed them with their rings.
After a closing prayer, I pronounced them spouses for life and invited them to kiss--and they did!
It was my privilege and delight to present to the guests for the very first time as a married couple: James and Jhon!