Sarah and Chad live in DC but planned their wedding in Durham at Bay 7 on October 8th, 2016. They met at Duke and wanted to come back where it all started. Little did they know then that a hurricane would be blowing through the Triangle! However, this did not put a damper on their wedding whatsoever. All the guests managed to get there, the venue was running full steam and my friend Sherri who was taking photos for me and I made it from a wedding in Cary to Bay 7 in plenty of time. We were practically the only car on the road that afternoon!
Our musicians from Arioso Strings are safe and dry inside and tuning up.
The ceremony area was set up and the table with the box for the wine and loveletters were in place.
Their loveletters written and sealed without sharing to be opened on their anniversary over a glass of wine.Fresh Affairs was their florist and had brought in the floating candles which cast a warm glow in front of the drapes and hanging greenery.
Brian Mullins, our fabulous photographer, requested that I stand in a certain spot during the wedding so he could get the best lighting possible on our couple. It is a challenge to shoot the ceremony upstairs on the mezzanine of Bay 7 without using flash for every shot. That is why the photos of the ceremony on this blog are so dark and blurry. My point and shoot camera with a flash that extends only 8 feet is not really adequate. But, it works in most other situations and that's what I have!
Bay 7 is such a great venue and it is managed by Angus Barn so you know the service and food are the best! Our Wedding Director, Sarah Lilly, with Angus Barn was overseeing all the logistics and doing a wonderful job!
The head table is all decked out with special table cloth, floating candles and red florals.
A view from the head table toward the deck outside. No one of course was outside on this day!
Stylus. We do a lot of weddings together and it was good to see Jason for this one.
More candles and fall hydrangeas for centerpieces.
Our Flower Girl, Annabel, is ready for the ceremony to begin!Bunn DJ Company was providing amplification for me. It is unusual that there are two different DJ companies in one wedding. But it mattered not to me. Jeff plugged my microphone into his portable system and we did a sound check and were good to go. Thank you, Jeff!
Soon it was time for the ceremony so Chad and his groomsmen and I entered from the side to take our places.
The bridesmaids entered next and I don't have photos of them all.
Thomas, our ring bearer, made his way down the aisle followed by Annabel and they were seated.
"Who presents Sarah to be married to Chad?"
We remembered those no longer with us and then we paid tribute to the couple's parents.
Then Chad gets to hear what Sarah told me about him! Tender moments!
Chad and Sarah, your wedding was wonderful despite the inclement weather. Thank you for choosing me to join you in marriage. It was an honor. You are a great couple and I know you will have a lifetime of happiness. I wish the best for you always.