Sealed with a kiss!

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

Monday, June 9, 2008

A lovely indoor wedding at Brier Creek Country Club

Tracy and James wisely decided on the Thursday before their wedding at Brier Creek Country Club on Sunday June 8th to move it indoors due to the extreme heat forecast for the weekend. Their wedding party and parents, their guests, musicians, photographers and I thank them profusely for their kind decision. It was 103 degrees that day! We all enjoyed the cool air inside!
The change in venue did not alter in any way their wonderful wedding ceremony. James' father, Norman, wrote a terrific poem for the occasion and enjoyed reading it to us all. Tracy's aunt, Lynn, shared words from Pablo Neruda with us. We remembered those who could not be present and honored the parents. We asked for a community blessing from all present and they enthusiastically offered their support of their marriage. Tracy and James chose to include a handfasting ritual for the exchange of their vows in which their clasped hands and crossed arms formed the symbol of infinity "blessing their marriage in the ebb and flow of the universe."

Their wedding cake by Diane Fischer was one of the prettiest I have ever seen. I don't know Diane; she must be a friend of the couple. Their favors were "green" hearts filled with seeds to grow wildflowers when planted. They also had a very nice wedding program filled with information for the guests. James' brother, David, who is a picture editor with The New York Times, took the wedding photographs. Greg and Ray, fabulous violin/viola duet, provided the beautiful music. I love working with those guys!

It is always a pleasure to do weddings at Brier Creek Country Club. Rebecca Lyons and her staff are really on the ball and ready to do whatever needs to be done. Besides, whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors, the setting is gorgeous!
Another plus for this wedding was the fact that Tracy and James were referred to me by their good friends Jackie and Rob whose wedding I officiated 3 years ago at Brier Creek. Jackie was Tracy's matron of honor and Rob got drafted into directing the wedding! It was wonderful to see them again and see them so happy to be with each other!

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