Sealed with a kiss!

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

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Jaclyn and Chris's Wonderful Wedding at the Merrimon-Wynne House!!

Jaclyn and Chris are the sweetest couple!! We met in April of 2018 to talk about their wedding ceremony for May 11, 2019 and my services as an officiant. They loved the way I get my couples involved in creating their ceremony and making it very personal to them and hired me on the spot. 
The wedding day was at the historic Merrimon-Wynne House. The day was overcast and rain was in the forecast that afternoon. We all had our fingers crossed that we could have the ceremony outdoors before the rain started. Kaila, event manager for the venue and also our wedding director for this wedding, was watching the doppler app closely.
On overcast days, the photographs are so color-saturated and clear. No shadows and no glare. 
Luann with Southern Petals had the arbor decorated with simple greenery and white roses. So pretty! 
The guests arrived on the early side which was so fortunate because the forecast was getting worse by the minute. Rain was due in less than 30 minutes! Kaila and I decided to start the ceremony early since all the chairs were filled and our couple agreed. Our photographers Diana and Will with Will Green Photo were ready to go too.
First in were the grandparents. 
Chris' mom, Janie, is escorted in by Chris's dad, Gary, who is also the best man.  
Then mother of the bride, Diane, is escorted in by her son Andrew. 
Then it was time for Chris, his groomsmen and I to enter from the side. 
Here we come! You can see our DJ, Randy with Bunn DJ Company, playing the processional music under the cover of the patio there.
What a handsome line up!! Love the light gray suits. 
Time for the bridesmaids to enter from the front walk. Kaila is telling them when to start walking. 
The maid of honor, Mary, takes her place. Randy changes the music and it is time for the bride! 
Kaila sends Jaclyn and her dad, Jerry, on their way! Note the sky! 
Straightening the veil as she walks along. 
I asked Jerry, "Who supports Jaclyn as she comes to join in marriage to Chris?" He happily answered, "Her mother and I do!"
Gesturing for all to be seated. 
We began with a warm welcome to everyone and thanked them for coming to be with Jaclyn and Chris. 
A sweet prayer followed. 
Before I stepped forward to speak to their parents, I noticed that Jaclyn's veil was still out in the aisle instead of behind her. So I gestured to Mary to pull it around into position which she did.
Here I am speaking to the parents and telling them how grateful the couple are for having their loving support all their lives. This is a sweet surprise to the parents who don't know it's coming.
Then I had the pleasure of telling the guests the story of how Jaclyn and Chris met, fell in love, and decided to marry and their journey to this day.
They met while in college in 2011 and within 6 months became inseparable. They both graduated and obtained employment then in 2017 Chris planned a surprise proposal Thanksgiving weekend at her parents' home in Pennsylvania. Of course she said yes! Since then they have both earned advanced degrees and planned this wonderful wedding.  So the wedding day was actually a double celebration: their marriage and no more school!
Jaclyn now hears what Chris told me he loves about her. Then Chris got to hear for the first time what Jaclyn told me she loves about him.
Then it is time for the vows and ring exchange. 
Chris puts the rings on Jaclyn's finger and says the words to her after me. 
Then it is Jaclyn's turn. 
We close with a blessing.
The pronouncement of marriage!
They share their first married kiss as I quickly scoot out of the way!
I presented them to their guests just as the first raindrops began to fall!
And now they step into the next chapter of their lives--marriage! 
Jaclyn and Chris! Fabulous wedding! We made it before it rained and everything was as perfect as it could have been, Loved working with you and wish you the very best in life always!

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