Monday, August 22, 2016

Elopement in North Carolina - Brai and Lucas are Married

Oh yes, it's true.
These two were quietly married over the weekend.

Not everyone understands when a couple decides to elope. Sometimes feelings are hurt and people feel left out. But tell me... how could you not be happy for this sweet couple? The day was full of love. They had their moms with them, serving as their witnesses and photographers!
Now Brai and Lucas could have just gone to the courthouse. But they they wanted more... They wanted to start their marriage with God's blessing.
"I pray you place your marriage in God's hands
and that His love abounds in your marriage.
That you will seek Him with all of your heart
and allow Him to guide and direct your marriage."
The first kiss as husband and wife.
A kiss they will always remember.
And they just kept on kissing...

And now it's time to start their journey as husband and wife. So many adventures ahead. Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, Italy....... Who knows where they might end up..One thing is sure, where ever it is they will be.....
Together Forever!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Jessie and Zack are Married - Riverwood Manor

What do you do when you've been in love with someone over half of your life.... Well, there is really only ONE thing to do... you marry them.
And that's exactly what Jessie and Zack did yesterday at Riverwood Manon  in Harrisburg.
This was the first time I officiated a wedding here and I look forward to many more...
Great venue for 50 -300 guests. Wedding and reception at one location. 
 I had a chance to take a few photos before the ceremony.
(love my iPhone)
What a great way to incorporate blessing stones. 
Guests were asked to write blessings for the newlyweds.
The reception area was beautifully decorated.
And Zack was busy taking care of last minute details.
The weather was perfect.
Flowers ready. It's time to get married.
Family is important to Jessie and Zack so their siblings took part in the ceremony. 
Jessie's brother, Michael, read a passage of scripture. 
Zack's sister, Jennifer, reminded guests of family members who were present in spirit.
Jessie and Zack would like us to take a moment to remember their loved ones who are not here with us today. We remember them still and invoke their memory and their spirit to share in the happiness and joy of this moment. Thinking of them brings fond and cherished memories of a time past, yet every present in our minds and hearts. We will always remember them and we know that the are celebrating with us in spirit.
After personal vows, Jessie and Zack included a unity sand ceremony
led by Zack's sister, Stephanie.
Not their first kiss. Certainly not their last.
It was truly a special day.
Jessie and Zack, together FOREVER.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Kerry and Bill marry at private ceremony at RiverMist

'Surrounded by the beauty of God's creation' Kerry and Bill spoke the vows that joined their lives forever.... It was indeed a wonderful April day. And to make the day even more special, two dear friends served as witnesses.
Here's the handsome groom as he sees his future wife walking toward him.
Time to make promises.
Traditional vows are always appropriate. However, Kerry and Bill chose to write personal vows using samples from my wedding library.

Kerry's vows: Today is the beginning of the rest of our lives. I choose to spend today and all of my tomorrows with you. I promise to love you without reservation and to cherish you
as long as we both shall live.

Bill's vows: I give you my vow before God and before these witnesses that from this day forward, you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter. I will encourage and support you. I will hold you and protect you. I will always love you.
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and my commitment to you.  
Please wear it as a symbol of my love 
and a sign to all that I have chosen you to be my wife.
Time for photos then off to celebrate.
After sharing another KISS...
Best wishes to the happy couple.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Secret wedding - Memories are safe at RiverMist

Sometimes life's circumstance require a secret wedding. And RiverMist is the perfect place to share wonderful memories.
In North Carolina all that is required for a legal marriage is a willing couple, a minister (or magistrate) and two witnesses. And yes, you can do this at the courthouse. If you don't have witnesses you can probably talk someone waiting in a nearby office to stand with you. It is a very 'matter of fact' legal procedure and may be exactly what the couple wants. Ceremonies normally take place at specific dates and times. One thing to note...photography is not allowed in the courthouse.

Often couples want something more personal and find themselves looking for another option. How fortunate that many find their way to RiverMist, which offers much flexibility and can tailor the ceremony to individual needs and wishes. Short-notice weddings can normally be accommodated.

Witnesses can be provided for a private (often secret) wedding. Ceremonies can be 'short and sweet', quick and easy or custom with digital photography, mini-reception, and lodging. Whatever the choice, memories are safe........

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Teresa and Scott - Married in Norwood

Surrounded by family and friends, Teresa and Scott chose to keep their wedding memories at their weekend home. What a nice way to keep memories close.

While waiting for the bride to finish getting dressed Scott told me she was the 'woman of his dreams'. I knew it was going to be a good day. (that and the stack of fireworks on a nearby table)
I love it when couples add a little humor to their wedding vows. Here's what Scott promised

Teresa, you see everything.
You see every part.
You see all my light,
And you love my dark.

I promise not to keep score even if I am winning.

Now of course that caused a chuckle from the guests. Love it!
I am so happy that Teresa and Scott sent me some photos to share. Don't they look happy?
What a celebration they had planned. I'm sure no one went home hungry....And the guests will always remember the fireworks show at the end of the evening. No doubt this woman is loved and will be for years to come......

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Family Wedding at RiverMist - Lori and Jim

It was a happy day when Lori and Jim married. 
Can you tell from the smile?
Here comes the bride.
The ceremony was focused on love and commitment.
But not just between Lori and Jim.
Their wedding was also a joining of families 
Everyone joined hands to form their family circle as I asked three questions.

Do you promise to love, respect and protect each other from this day forward?  
Do you promise to always try to be the best person you can be?
Do you promise to accept the responsibility of being a family by encouraging and supporting each other in your new life together? 
Yes, one big happy family.
Lori and Jim's love is the foundation.
Holding on tight as they look to the future.
Fun times ahead for this happy couple...

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Jenny and Jeff Marry at RiverMist

You never know what our weather will be in March. 
Even though the trees don't have leaves you can certainly add color. 
Jenny and Jeff knew what they wanted for their wedding day. 
And our weather cooperated.
March 31st turned out to be a wonderful day for a family wedding and picnic.
Precious daughter who was very much involved in the ceremony.
The ceremony was written to include Katelyn,
Jeff had some very important things to say. 
Then he gave Katelyn a beautiful bracelet to mark the occasion,
Lots of time for kissing.
And pictures.
Above you are the stars, below you are the stones.
Like a stone your love should be firm.
 Like a star should your love be constant.
 Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect 
guide you in your marriage.
 Let the strength of your wills bind you together.
 Let the power of love and desire make you happy.
 Let the strength of your dedication make you inseparable.
Happy times for this lovely family.