Sealed with a kiss!

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Melissa and Andy Wed at Hudson Manor!

On Sunday September 4th, 2016 we gathered with Melissa and Andy to witness their union in matrimony and celebrate their wedding at the lovely Hudson Manor in Louisburg NC. Hudson Manor is a historic estate that has been beautifully and lovingly restored and embellished by the owner. It is a drive from Raleigh but I love doing weddings here and the opening of the 401 bypass makes it faster to get back and forth.
 This the outdoor garden where most wedding ceremonies take place. 
 Daniel's Florist provided the floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding. 
Most recently the venue has added a sweet chapel for weddings for couples wanting a church-like setting or as an alternate to the garden if the weather is adverse.
Taylor Pittman is our DJ and helps me hook my wireless microphone into his system. Love working with Taylor! 
After the wedding party has processed down the aisle, it is time for the bride and groom.
Melissa and Andy walked toward each other to the arch, then together they processed in to be joined in marriage. 
The ceremony began with a warm welcome to all, a prayer, remembrance of loved ones passed, and a thank you to their parents.
One of the most touching parts of their ceremony was paying tribute to Melissa's 3 daughters, Mariela, Julianna, and Sophia, who were her attendants. Andy spoke some very moving words to his new stepdaughters that brought most of us to tears.
Next came the story of how they met and fell in love. It was a good one and most of our guests had never known the whole story. 
What came next were what they love about each other and what they are looking forward to in marriage. Then they exchanged the vows they had written to each other by reading them from my book. 

 The exchange of rings was next. 
 It was time to mop Andy's face before the pronouncement and kiss! It was rather hot that day! 
They celebrated with a kiss! 
 The happy couple! 
Congratulations, Melissa and Andy! What a fine wedding for a fine couple who have found each other! I loved working with you and joining you in marriage. My best wishes to you always.

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