The Sutherland in Wake Forest is a beautiful wedding venue. The owner, Ashlee Adams, has carefully restored this old plantation estate to its current splendor. Jamie and Marc fell in love with it and booked it for their wedding on July 15th, 2017.
It is a blazing hot day and the sun is as bright as it gets! But not untypical for a July day in North Carolina!
Inside the manor house here is an original fireplace in the old dining room that has been preserved.
Off the dining room is a sun room where the cake is on display. The cake is by Ashley Cakes.
The ceremony took place in the Walled Garden.
The Unity Candle ceremony is set up. To protect the flame, the Unity Candle is inside a glass lantern.
Donovan's Dish, is preparing for the reception.
All is ready!
The guests are seated under the parasols to shade them from the sun.
Marc and I, followed by his brothers, Robbie and Andrew--his best men, enter from the side gate. I want to thank Alex Choi with Vox DJ for the music and for letting me plug my mic into his system. The sound was perfect!
The groomsmen and bridesmaids entered as couples followed by the Maid of Honor, Jamie's sister, Dena.
Jamie and her dad, Ernest, entered around from the front door into the garden.
The guests are standing in their honor. The videographers were Zach and Ethan with Bowtie Films.
Everyone is seated now for the ceremony.
Their photographer was Ashley with Bowtie Collaborative.
They chose some funny questions for each other like:
"Jamie, do you promise to let Marc buy Jeep parts on a regular basis?"
Then they made more serious promises of marriage to each other.
Talking about the symbolism of these rings they will exchange.
Marc: "With this ring, I give you my heart."
Jamie: "With this ring, I give you my heart."
I invited the parents to come forward and light the individual candles for the bride and groom.
Then Jamie and Marc brought their flames together and lit the Unity Candle inside the lantern.
Time for the closing blessing before the pronouncement of marriage.
I asked them to close their eyes and feel the happiness and let it register in their hearts.
Then they opened their eyes and I placed my hand on theirs to make the pronouncement of marriage!
The customary kiss--long enough to get a good picture! Yay!
I think Marc is feeling a little sheepish about that kiss in front of everybody! Awww!
"Honored guests, please stand and join me in congratulating our newlyweds!"
The music began and out they went!
A photo of the Unity Candle after the ceremony. All the flames are still lit!
Marc and Jamie! Congratulation on your marriage and a wonderful wedding! I wish you all the best!