Monday, January 30, 2017

Kelly and Marquis are Married!

You never know about our weather and our bride was a little concerned. As it turns out, Saturday was a great day for a winter wedding. A little cool, but it IS the end of January.
Family and friends wait for Kelly to appear.
And here she is, escorted by her son, Dustin, with Mya, holding her train.
Kelly was smart and planned ahead. She wore a lovely jacket for the ceremony.
Then removed it for photos.
BeBe and CeCe Winans say it best.
When I found you.. I found somebody who cares
When I found you.. Found my most intimate prayer
When I found you.. I found what every heart dreams of
When I found you, I found love
Kelly and Marquis were not new to this love. 
But this was their wedding day, time for making public promises.
And now, bringing with you all the joys of your yesterdays 
and the promise of all your tomorrows will you now join your candles together as one.
The jacket came off and the cell phones came out... 
Lots of photos of this happy couple.
And look at these shoes, hiding underneath that beautiful gown.
It's true, Kelly and Marquis are married!
And these rings will remind them of promises made.
It was a happy day... the beginning of the rest of their lives.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Shhhh. Private wedding in North Carolina

What a wonderful day Friday was.

Thirty-five years in the making. Yes, 35 years! This lovely couple has been through good times and bad times. And in their hearts they have been 'married' for many years. No need to make changes.

Then life circumstances reminded them that time was passing quickly and it was time. Time for a new beginning, a beginning as a married couple. (and the planned vacation would make a perfect honeymoon!) Lucky for me... I was able to be part of their special day.

Quiet Thoughts of the Seasons
The quiet thoughts of two people a long time in love
Touch lightly, Like birds nesting in each other’s warmth
You will know them by their laughter
But to each other they speak mostly through their solitude.
If they find themselves apart, they may dream of sitting undisturbed
In each other's presence, of wrapping themselves warmly in each other's
ease.

The rings they exchanged were purchased many years ago.

These special rings bring with them the memories of yesterday
and the hope for your tomorrows.
May they continue to remind you of the power of your love.

Will they tell their family and friends? For now, it's our little secret.....

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Alicia and Max Elope in North Carolina

Winter weddings can be beautiful...
If you choose the right location.
And that's exactly what Alicia and Max did...
With work and children and life it was hard to find time to plan a wedding.
So these two decided to slip away for a quiet ceremony.
Do you think it was a good decision?
Oh yes, Alicia and Max would agree.
Private weddings allow couples to express their personalities.
Rose quartz hearts represented their children.
And served as a keepsake, to be presented later during a special family time.
Now Max!
Get in there and kiss your wife...
Married, and ready to face the future together.
And they couldn't be happier.
Best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hippie, Happy Wedding

In her first email, Kari said she and Tim were hippies and wanted to get married barefoot.
We were off to a good start...
Her bouquet had items, representing the special people in her life.
And here's our hippie bride, ready to become a hippy wife.
Rings were blessed using the four elements, earth, air, fire and water.
And then placed on their fingers. 
Blessing stones were tossed.
Sending good wishes to the universe.
Time for pictures.
And a little champagne.
In the words of Kenny Chesney.
Ordinary no, really don't think so
Not a love this true
Common destiny
We were meant to be
Me and You

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kelly and Luis are Married

October 8th, 2016 - a wedding day that many brides will certainly remember. Brides, grooms, mothers, wedding venues, florists, etc.... That was the day that Hurricane Matthew decided to show us the power of mother nature.

So what do you do when roads are flooded, trees are down and there is no electricity. And it's only a few hours until your wedding? You could let this ruin one of the most special days in your life or you could do what this beautiful bride did... go to plan B.
Oh yes, it was going to take more than a little wind and rain to spoil her day.

Like many couples, Kellyn and Luis had planned for everything. Everything except for a hurricane. It did require some last minute planning but the transition was so smooth you barely realized it was actually Plan B. 
Here comes the Bride.
Eyes focused on Luis, the love of her life.
Thankfully the wind settled and the rain stopped.

Luis, you are my one true love.
I promise to walk beside you,
to share in your joys,
to comfort you in your sorrows
and to bear all things
as both your wife and your friend.
With this ring I thee wed.

Best wishes to the happy couple

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Unity Water Ceremony - Jessica and Matthew

Check out the smile. Matthew had been waiting years for this day!
Jessica and Matthew were in love as teenagers.
And that loved stayed in their hearts.
And today they became husband and wife.
He was very happy to put the ring on her finger.
Jessica was interested in a unity ceremony but wanted something other than a candle or sand. I suggested a unity water ceremony. Many people are not familiar with this option. There is one container of yellow water and another container blue water.
Blending yellow and blue creates green, 
representing the blending of lives together as one.
Lots of kissing on this happy day!
Whatever the future brings,
Jessica and Matthew will face it together.

Kind words from the happy couple:
Our ceremony at RiverMist made our wedding day so special. We will always look back and feel like our day and ceremony was perfect. We really appreciate your generosity and everything you did to make it so special.  Sincerely, Jessica and Matthew

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

NC Mountain Wedding

I love it when couples remember to send me a few photos... Just got these from Cindy and Joe who traveled from Florida to marry in the mountains of North Carolina.
Here comes the beautiful bride, escorted by her father.
Cindy and Joe lit candles in memory of loved ones who have passed on. 
And I will be honest, there were a few tears when Joe's sister shared a beautiful reading.
Guests enjoy hearing personal vows. 
Cindy and Joe used the same vows but Joe added a touch of humor and tenderness to his. 
Cindy, from the moment I first saw you,
I knew you were the one
with whom I wanted to share my life.
Your sweet generous nature,
unselfish actions,
and compassion for others
inspire me to be the best person I can be.
You truly are my Jiminy Cricket.
Now if you remember, Jiminy Cricket had a distinct personality, In short, he personified what a conscience should be: keeper of the knowledge of right and wrong, counselor in moments of temptation, and guide along the straight and narrow path. By saying just a few words, Joe spoke volumes concerning their relationship.
Rings were exchanged
Time to pronounce them married.
Seal the deal. And celebrate!

Thanks to the family member who provided these photos. And BEST WISHES to the happy couple..