Such a pretty place for a wedding! The Angle Amphitheater at Duke Gardens has undergone several transformations and each year it just gets more and more beautiful. The first weddings I did here when it was just built in 2001, were surrounded by trees and the area where the wedding party stood was just grass. Now that area is paved with stones but the trees are gone due to a bad winter that damaged them. Sadly they had to be removed but then the gardens and the stonework added since are very beautiful enhancements.
couple's wedding here to the amphitheater where there was no center aisle at all--no steps, just the deep tiers. Everyone had to enter from the side. The Bride really wanted a center aisle so they built wooden steps in between the tiers for her wedding and since it was such a great idea, they eventually installed the stone steps--much more stable and attractive. There are 34 weddings at Duke Gardens on this blog dating back to 2008. You can go here to see them. Just click on the bottom of each page Older Posts to see earlier ones.
The lush foliage has filled in all the beds.
These beautiful urn planters flank the walk to the pergola.
Back at the reception area in the visitor's center are all the sweet touches this couple arranged for their guests.
Jennifer V. Event Planning, and her sister Catherine, take a spin through to see that all is well.
Get Lit was there doing the dramatic up-lighting. A very popular trend these days. I see them at almost all weddings!CateringWorks. Joseph Barnes, the florist with CateringWorks, is putting the flowers on.
A fully stocked bar for the guests following the ceremony is ready!
The drinks and programs and sign are all in place for the guests to start taking their seats.
So the guys and I are standing under the tent waiting for our cue from Jennifer to get lined up.
It is time to start walking in once the parents and grandmother were seated!
The bridesmaids entered one by one down the center aisle.
Alice did a wonderful job. The stone steps were a bit high for her little legs but she hung onto that bouquet!
I invited the guests to stand for our beautiful bride and her parents.
Jennifer and her mother, Valerie, and father, Howard, began the walk from the pergola.
Sarah Fitzgibbons Photography. Andrew Kennedy with AKFocus was videoing the wedding. My husband, Dave, was taking the pictures for this blog with my camera.
A warm welcome to all our guests......
Then remembering those who have passed from this earth, especially the couple's grandparents.
Then it was time to honor their parents for all their love and support through the years.
Neil gets to hear how much Jessica loves him!
It is not often I get to wipe the sweat off the face of a police officer!
And now for the vows and exchange of rings. They each read their words to each other from my book.
I got out of the way just in time!
Introduction of the Newlyweds to their guests who were cheering!
That is Sarah getting a great shot of the new Mr. and Mrs.!
A quick snapshot of Jennifer and her sister, Catherine, who was in town and got drafted!
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