Sealed with a kiss!

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Mandy and Julian's WEDDING day of March 18th, 2017 began with rain and on the chilly side. But, by 4:00 it was sunny and dry. BARCLAY VILLA  looked beautiful and pristine. 
 The gazebo was all hung with lovely florals by VICTORIAN SEASONS
 Turn around and see the castle behind us with the Juliet balcony. The skies were clear! 
 The gazing pool was clear and beautiful. 
Julian and Mandy did a first look with their photographers (Darrell and Kristin McDavid) from D.C. and then ascended to the Juliet balcony for a romantic pose!
 SUGAR EUPHORIA baked a beautiful wedding cake for Mandy and Julian. 
 They honored Mandy's Aunt Karen by dedicating the cake to her! Sweet! 
 A pose with Kathy Lusk with PINK LILLIE PLANNING. Always great to work with Kathy. 
The guests were arriving and the sun was going behind the castle to cast us in shade for the ceremony. Perfect. 
 Eric with STYLUS was our DJ. Thank you, Eric, for the microphone and the perfect sound! 
Here we go! The parents have been seated and now the wedding party starting with Julian and me followed by our groomsmen, then our bridesman and maid of honor.
 Mandy and her father make their entrance assisted by Kathy and her assistant. 
 And down the aisle they go! 
 And so the ceremony began with a warm welcome to all the guests who came from near and far. 
 Then we paid tribute to their parents and Mandy's stepparents. 
I loved telling their story! They met when both were living and working in D.C. From their first meeting they knew they had something special.
Eventually they got a place of their own together in Virginia. Julian who had never had a dog before, became friends with Mandy's fur child, Aurora, and was converted into a dog person.
Julian surprised Mandy by proposing on June 12th 2015 on the beach at Virginia Beach.  Then they moved forward with relocation to North Carolina in 2016 and planning this wedding. And here they stand together on their wedding day!
I am telling Mandy what Julian told me in confidence that he loves about her and what he is looking forward to in marriage. (The sun was right in my eyes!)
 Then Julian heard what Mandy loves about him and why she wants to marry him. He loved it.
Mandy heralds from Irish descent. Julian's mother was born in England. So it was fitting that they included the Celtic handfasting ritual. The cord represents their love.
 While their hands were bound in love, they said their vows to each other. 
 Julian placed the ring on Mandy's finger. The rings symbolically replaced the handfasting cord. 
 Mandy slid the ring on Julian's finger with some difficulty but she finally got it all the way on! 
 Their friend, Jan, presented the Apache Wedding Blessing to close the ceremony. 
 I pronounced them husband and wife! 
 The Kiss! 
 That "after-kiss" moment of realization! 
 Directing the guests around to the front of the castle for cocktail hour. 
Mandy and Julian, your wedding was fabulous and I am so happy the weather cooperated. So beautiful. I loved working with you to create your ceremony which fit you so perfectly. Thank you for choosing me to officiate for you!  I wish you the best of life forever!

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