The day was September 9th, 2017 in the lovely White Garden at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. I had met Laura and Chris way back in January when they hired me to officiate their wedding. Little did I know how much fun we would have writing their ceremony. They are both creative and very independent thinkers to be sure!
And they added a flagstone walk for the aisle.
Udeshi Hargett, our violinist, was already there when Dave and I arrived. It was good to see her again! We do lots of weddings together.
When the guests were seated and everyone in the wedding party hidden from sight, I took my place.
Then Chris' best man, Eddie, escorted Laura's Grandmother Frances in, then joined me up front.
Chris escorted his mother Patty in. She was seated and he joined Eddie and me.
Laura's sister and maid of honor, Melissa, then processed in down the aisle.
When Melissa was in place, Udeshi began the music for Laura and her mother Patty to enter. (Yes, both mothers are named Patty!)
Laura gazes around at all their guests as I welcomed them to this wonderful occasion.
There was a short prayer and remembrance of Laura's grandfather then a tribute to the couple's mothers.
I had the best time telling their fabulous story!
Chris was having a pretty good time too. And so were their guests.
Then it is Chris' turn to hear what Laura told me.
Laura's vows to Chris.
Chris repeated the ring vows to Laura after me while placing the ring on her hand!
She did the same!
And she held onto his hand for a few extra moments.
I reached down and put my hand on theirs and made the pronouncement of marriage!
Time for the kiss!!
Hey, we did it! Married, at last!
They recessed down the aisle as everyone cheered.Thirteenth Moon Photography) Dave (my hubby/photographer) snapped this one for me for this blog. I love this shot!
ceremony then present it to your guests. A work of art and a legacy for you. I am so happy that you found each other and that you found me and gave me the honor of joining you in marriage. May you have all the best life has to offer and may your marriage be a grand adventure and may the force be with you!