Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
After the ceremony we re-assembled for photos by Diana Beraglia Matthews of Creative Moments Photography. Diana and I did a wedding together at The Umstead in March and she promises to send me photos to post here soon. She is creative and took shots of everyone from the balcony of the Stone Chapel.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Patty and Tom had a large wedding party with 8 groomsmen and 8 bridesmaids and the cutest little ringbearer who successfully made it down the aisle! The music was provided by a keyboardist and vocalist (Nina) and vocalist (Gerry--brother of the bride) who were great. The tent was full to capacity with about 150 guests. Patty's dad escorted her down the aisle so proudly and amazingly as I found out right before the ceremony that he had coronary bypass surgery with several complications only 6 weeks before the wedding! The readers did excellent jobs. We did the handfasting ritual with a silver and white cord as their hands and arms formed the symbol of infinity "blessing their marriage in the eternal ebb and flow of the universe." Then we had the sand pouring ceremony. I had told Patty and Tom to be sure to pour their sand slowly while Nina played and sang with Gerry "Come What May" and they did to the point that I thought the song was going to run out before the sand was all poured and Patty's arm was going to give out! Then I pronounced them husband and wife. They had done their "kissing" homework I had assigned to them at the rehearsal and came through with a great kiss--way to go, Tom! It was a delightful wedding!
Mark Holland was the videographer extraordinaire for Patty and Tom! He is with Ron K. Smith Productions and a delight to work with. He is so thorough and thinks of every little detail in order to get the perfect images and sound for the couple's wedding video. It was good to work with Mark again. After the wedding I got to chat with the DJ for their reception--Ryan Pflumm of Island Sound. What a handsome guy! We have done several weddings together in the past few years and enjoyed seeing each other this 2008 wedding season.
At any rate, Lee Anne and Jason had a beautiful wedding ceremony at 2:30 in the Duke Gardens Amphitheater without rain, but the wind was very gusty! In fact, the wind blew over one of the floral arrangements where we were standing, blew the bride's veil over her face (see in first photo!), and deposited those little squiggly things from the trees into her hair and veil which I inconspicuously (I hope!) picked out while the readers were presenting their readings and Lee Anne had her back turned to me! We honored their parents, listened to wonderful readings and a touching song by Heather, Jason's stepsister, then did a handfasting ceremony with a purple and white cord to match the purple and white theme, the vows and ring exchange, and the pronouncement of marriage followed by a closing blessing and presentation of the newlyweds.