Sealed with a kiss!

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

Monday, October 17, 2016

Noelle and Alex's Beautiful Wedding at The Oaks at Salem!

Alex and Noelle chose to have their beautiful wedding at The Oaks at Salem in Apex. It is a fantastic setting for weddings with everything in one place and plenty of parking. Their staff does such a great job of taking care of everyone.
Their adorable wedding cake with the cats was baked by Sweet Memories Bakery
The guests are gathering before the ceremony under the tent. August 13th was one of the hottest days of the summer of 2016! The ceremony was in the direct sun so the guests were not seated until right before we were ready to begin the processional. MEWS Designs was the florist for the wedding.
Charles is our DJ with All Events DJ with his assistant for the day. Probably talking about the heat!
Their guest book! 
Nice touches for the ceremony.
The guests have been seated and Alex and I followed by his groomsmen make our entrance. 
The guests are ready for us to begin. 
We take our places up front in the direct sun. 
The bridesmaids make their way around the lake. 
Vivenne is hurrying along! 
Here comes the bride! 
The ceremony begins.
A sweet tribute to their parents was followed by their story. They met at NC State in  Japanese class. Alex admits he took the class looking for a girlfriend because there was a scarcity of women in Electrical Engineering! He spotted Noelle and the pursuit began! Five years later, he proposed!
August 13th was one of the hottest days of the summer of 2016! Alex and I were dripping with perspiration like faucets. I mopped Alex's face several times as well as my own! Noelle on the other hand was managing to stay cool!
They exchanged rings and vows. 
Dried him off before the pronouncement of marriage! 
I pronounced them married and invited them to kiss!
Mission accomplished! 
We circled back around to the front of the house for photos. Despite the intense heat, it was a gorgeous wedding and they are married! Congratulations, Alex and Noelle! I wish you the best always.

Galina and Seth Marry at Caffe Luna!

Though coming from two seemingly different worlds (Seth grew up in Iowa and Galina in Russia) Galina and Seth'a lives have intertwined together. Their paths crossed in North Carolina 4 years ago and the relationship steadily grew closer and closer. Seth proposed on the beach and Galina said yes. They set a wedding date of August 7th, 2016 and chose Caffe Luna for their wedding venue.
The restaurant was so nicely prepared and ready. Fallon Flowers did the florals. Christobal Perez with Azul Photography was on hand to capture this wonderful wedding.
Our DJ was Anthony Garnes and he provided the music for the day. 
The big room for the ceremony is awaiting the arrival of the guests. 
SweetCakes4U provided the small cake for the bride and groom to cut and the cupcakes for their guests.  
Time to get all lined up outside the back door to enter. Seth's grandmother is first to enter followed by Seth's parents then Galina's mother and stepfather.
And now groomsmen and bridesmaids enter as couples. 
Galina will be escorted in by her brother, Igor, who escorted in one of the bridesmaids then returned for Galina. She was so excited. A beautiful bride!
The guests are standing for Galina's entrance. 
And so we began this wonderful ceremony. 
A warm welcome to all the guests, an opening prayer and sweet words to their parents were first.
Then I got to tell their story like no one has ever heard altogether. 
Then they got to hear what their partner told me on confidence they loved about each other. 
They exchanged their vows and rings and after a closing blessing and the pronouncement of marriage I invited them to share their first kiss as husband and wife.
Sweet moment!
Introduction of the newlyweds!
They made their way past their guests to the area in the back for photos. 
Galina and Seth, what a wonderful wedding you put together. It was a joy to work with you to craft your very special ceremony. Thank you for giving me the honor of being part of your special day!