Embassy Suites in Brier Creek is quite a nice wedding venue. This photo is at the end of the large hallway where the cocktail hour will be held in between the ceremony and the reception. The terrace is through the glass doors on the left. I've done one other wedding there and I really don't understand why more couples don't choose this versatile setting. They have an outdoor space on their spacious terrace, the huge ballrooms for receptions and a large space across the hall for indoor wedding ceremonies. Their current event coordinator is Ashley Cook but she told me she is moving up and the new coordinator is Devon Schuman. Nicole and Kevin's wedding was the last one that Ashley was coordinating.
Epix Melody Entertainment and our photographer James Walters are duking it out, they are really just coordinating the events for the reception.
Walters and Walters Photography and we do a lot of weddings together. He is so accommodating of Dave taking photos for this blog and I truly appreciate his tolerance!
This Danielle, wife of and business partner with Robert, our DJ. She directed the wedding processional for us. Thanks, Danielle!
John, Father of the Bride, holding a wrist corsage while I pin his boutonniere on.
Getting the groom's boutonniere securely pinned on after pinning on the groomsmen's boutonnieres.
Meanwhile James gets some great photos of Lilly, our flower girl, Nicole's niece.
The guests are patiently waiting!
After Kevin's two grandmothers are escorted in, it is time for Kevin's parents, Mary and Bob, to enter.
John escorts in the Mother of the Bride, Joyce, then circles back to bring in Nicole.
Now Kevin and I entered followed by the groomsmen.
The bridesmaids entered then Lilly sprinkled the aisle with the rose petals.
Here comes our beautiful bride and her proud father!
John transferred Nicole's hand into Kevin's and all the guests were seated.
Then we paid sweet tribute to their parents whose marriages have been wonderful role models for our couple. Kevin's Aunt Terry read a poem about two trees that grow so closely together they look like one.
A few tears rolled out of Nicole's eyes and I handed her a hankie!
Kevin passed the "family test" and so at that point Nicole knew he was the one.
Now to reveal what they each told me in confidence that they love about each other.
Then they made their vows to each other.
Time to exchange rings.
Nicole puts the ring on Kevin's finger as she said her ring vows to Kevin.
Nicole's Aunt Corinne presented the closing blessing.
I pronounced them married and invited them to share their first kiss as husband and wife!
Such a happy couple!
I introduced them to their guests and asked them to stand and join me in congratulating them.
The guys congratulating Kevin!
The guests were invited into the hall for cocktails and I headed for the terrace.