Sealed with a kiss!

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Wonderful Wedding for Muffy and Adam at The North Carolina Museum of Art!

I met with Adam in January about officiating his and Muffy's wedding at the NC Museum of Art on July 30th, 2016. She could not be at our meeting and although we had planned to meet later, I did not meet Muffy in person until their rehearsal. But, I got to know them both pretty well during the ceremony creation process! They chose the Bells & Whistles ceremony with their story and secret paragraphs.
Morgan Greer is the event manager at the museum and we have done many weddings together. I thank him for sending Adam and Muffy my way. At our rehearsal the day before, the weather was swelteringly hot and muggy and the same was expected on the wedding day. Morgan decided to allow the wedding to be inside the Classical Gallery, a first and probably only time. Typically at the museum your wedding can be outdoors or in the old museum building. We were delighted with his decision, not only for ours and the guests' comfort but the stunning setting!
The pedestals of flowers were strategically placed to shield the guests from a nude statue wielding a bat you will meet later! 
In the reception area, this gorgeous contemporary cake by Cinda's Creative Cakes was on display. 
A Watered Garden provided the florals for the wedding--pedestals and flowers, centerpieces, bouquet and boutonnieres.
Their photographer, Amber Hatley, was getting photos of the reception in the museum restaurant, Iris.  Elijah with Morgan Scott Films was our videographer. Here is a trailer video of their wedding
The guests have arrived and are milling about in the area where cocktail hour will be. 
The guests are directed to be seated for the ceremony and we got lined up and Morgan cued us in.
After everyone was in, Muffy and her dad, Albert, made their way to the gallery where the guests awaited.
Muffy is wearing the most beautiful soft gray wedding gown. The bright flowers just pop against it. 
The guests are standing in honor of the bride!
It was a full house with standing room only! The music for the processional and recessional was provided by violinist, David Binanay.
Muffy and Adam turned to face their guests while I told their story. It was full of laughter and fun! 
I loved it when the guests laughed at all the right places! Muffy is cracking up. 
They are trying to keep straight faces! 
Their secret paragraphs were so sweet.
I am telling Adam how much Muffy appreciates his being such a great cook! 
As they exchanged their vows, the statue with the bat seems threatening! 
The vows had a couple of funny lines in them too. 
Adam said his words and placed the ring on Muffy's finger. 
Wait! The ring goes on his left hand! 
A closing blessing........
The moment I pronounced them husband and wife!
The guy with the bat is watching the kiss! 
Adam makes sure we all get a photo of this kiss! 
May I present to you for the first time...........
Now married!! 
Muffy and Adam, I was thrilled with your wedding. Your guests were fabulous and really "got into" the wonderful ceremony we created together. Thank you for choosing me to be your officiant. I wish you the best forever!

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