Sealed with a kiss!

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

Monday, August 5, 2019

Brittany and Beau's Fabulous Fun Wedding at Market Hall!

Beau and Brittany chose downtown wedding venue Market Hall  in City Market for their wedding ceremony and reception. It is a fun all-in-one place for a wedding. The wedding day was May 4th, 2019, exactly 6 years from their first date. Kate Rowe with Wedding Day Rescue was their wedding planner/director and I loved working with her! Because of another rehearsal, we did a mini-rehearsal with the couple and Brittany's dad since I could not be at the full rehearsal and Kate handled that. Worked like a charm! 
The wedding day arrived and the weather was so pretty. 
They had thought of a lot of sweet touches for their big day. 
First thing I did was check in with our DJ, Darnell Davis with ME Wedding DJ company. He plugged my mic into his system and we did a sound check. Thanks, Darnell!
The tables were gathered together on one side of the big open room while the chairs were in the other side for the ceremony. After the ceremony, the guests go to the back of there area to the bar for cocktails while the staff reconfigures the room for the reception. Rocky Top was catering. Yummy! Urban Bloom Photography was their professional photographer. (Photos in this blog taken by my hubby/roadie Dave with my Canon Powershot and iPhone.)
Rise Biscuits and Donuts provide the sweets instead of a traditional wedding cake. 
After the sound check, I went upstairs to the bridal suite where the wedding party was hanging out before the ceremony. I greeted everyone and got the best man and maid of honor to sign the marriage license for me.
Most of the guests have arrived and it is time for the wedding party to come downstairs and get lined up to process in.
Now Kate has us all lined up to enter after the parents were escorted in and seated. 
They guys and I await the beautiful bridesmaids.
When we are all in place, the music changed and it was time for the bride to enter. 
Brittany and her father, Jim, hesitated for a moment to allow Kate to fluff the train. 
I invited the guests to stand for our beautiful bride. 
They floated down the aisle to stop in front of me and Beau where Jim transferred Brittany's hand into Beau's and everyone was seated.
A warm welcome to all our guests and family members with thanks for making the journey to be with us. 
A prayer followed the welcome and then a special blessing for their parents. 
The fun part began with the telling of the story of how Beau and Brittany met at Appalachian State back in 2010. They were just friends for 3 years. It was on May 4, 2013 at the end of their senior year that their relationship took a romantic turn. They had spent the day before celebrating Brittany’s birthday and were spending the next day celebrating Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you). 
After graduation Brittany moved to Winston-Salem for work while Beau stayed on for grad school. Their relationship survived the long distance challenge and after grad school, Beau landed a job in Winston-Salem with help from Brittany's connections.
Beau proposed in 2017 after 4.5 years of dating and they set the wedding date for exactly 6 years from their very first date.
I then told the guests that Beau and Brittany had told me in confidence what they love about each other, why they wanted to marry and what they are looking forward to in marriage.
And now for the first time they are hearing what their beloved told me. So sweet and some humor too! 

They each said "I do" to a series of promises to each other then exchanged rings. 
After a closing blessing, I pronounced them husband and wife and invited them to share their first kiss as husband and wife!
Happy to oblige!!
I introduced the newlywed couple to their guests and invited them to join in congratulating them. 
And away they go!! For photographs though--while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour before a very fun celebration of their wedding!
Beau and Brittany! Congratulations on your marriage and your beautiful wedding. I loved working with you and wish you the very best always!!

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