Friday, April 25, 2014

Outdoor Wedding Chapel in North Carolina

It had been a busy day, rushing around taking care of last minute details. But the wait was over. Clint.... here comes the Bride.
I pledge to share with you my heart,
my life, and my love, from this day forward. 
 United in love and in marriage.
And THE kiss!
Yes, it's true. Brandy and Clinton are married!
Love the garter around the boot.
Always fun when couples add a personal touch.
Family members were busy taking photos of the newlyweds.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Denise and Larry are Married!

Denise and Larry were married at The Arbor Events Pavillion in Cleveland, NC. It was a rainy day and unfortunately the ceremony couldn't take place outside but it was warm and toasty inside.
They were probably a little disappointed with the weather but this was a perfect back up.
 Guests were greeted with such a happy sign.
You just know it's going to be a fun time.
And guests got a 'sneak peek' at the yummy cake.
I interrupted just long enough to take a quick photo.

Whatever may come I will always be there.
As I have given you my hand to hold
I give you my life to keep.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Wedding at The Arbors, Cleveland NC

Arbors Events in Cleveland, NC is a beautiful location for a formal wedding. And a perfect place during any season. Jennifer and Chris were planning an outside wedding. And technically they had an outdoor wedding, it just happened to take place under a tent.
The reception area was absolutely beautiful.
Candles and crystal everywhere.
I arrived an hour before the start time so I had a little time to wander and take photos.
Here's one of my favorites.
My kind of people.
After the ceremony guests usually enjoy a few cocktails during family photos.
No so for this clever couple. Guests were treated to desert, popcorn and lemonade.
Belle was well behaved and color coordinated.
The guests loved it when she walked down the aisle.
Family members were asked to bring containers of dirt from all the places Jen and Chris have lived. This dirt represents their individual personalities, from childhood all the way to the present, all the paths they have taken, people they have met, choices they have made, all the life experiences that have brought them to their wedding day.
 And just a couple quick iPhone photos of the happy couple.
Love the dress.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Private Wedding in North Carolina

LeaAnn and Gary wanted a quiet, stress-free wedding and in their search, they found me. 
They were holding on tight.
They had written personal vows to each other. 
This gave me a glimpse into the depth of their love and respect for each other.
LeaAnn smiling as Gary made his promises.
And a first dance, From this Moment On by Shania Twain.
From this moment as long as I live
I will love you, I promise you this
There is nothing I wouldn't give
From this moment
I will love you as long as I live
From this moment.
 The beginning of always.
update 5/15
Thank you, Victoria!  We are enjoying getting used to "married life"!  In the middle of packing and moving to our new home this week. An exhausting time, but also very exciting! 

Just wanted to tell you how thrilled we were with our ceremony. It's was just perfect and exactly what we wanted it to be! The site was beautiful and you and Guy were so welcoming. Thanks for making everything so easy- you were awesome to work with!

Btw... Tell Guy that we love the pictures! LeeAnn


Wedding at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock

Chetola Resort is a beautiful location for a wedding. 
And with natural beauty like this, who needs decorations!
Family is very important to Jennifer and Scott and this was evident in their wedding ceremony. As an expression of their love, they presented roses to their mothers. Then their mothers offered a reading.
A Unity Sand ceremony was a perfect way for Jennifer and Scott to include their daughters.
 All smiles and ready to celebrate.
 'Here Comes the Sun' by the Beatles. 
How perfect for these two as they headed to Hawaii to honeymoon in paradise.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Private Wedding in North Carolina

Spring is in the air.
Don't you just love the spring season. New beginnings!
I am always so happy when couples choose to marry at our retreat center, RiverMist.
Marriage is everything your heart desires
And the strength, courage and determination to work for it.
In marriage you take care of each others heart
And hold on to what you share.

You hold it gently so it doesn’t smother
And firmly so it doesn’t slip away.
Hold it so that it can grow
And you can grow together
And live and laugh and love together always.
 Unity Ceremonies add such a nice touch.
It was a windy day so we used a floating candle so the flame would stay lit.
Looks like Brandon is a happy husband!
I love Amanda's smile.
As a surprise for Brandon she included a first dance, All of Me by John Legend.

'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Carolina Beach Wedding

Nope, not the Bride and Groom but too, too cute!

Stephanie and Sam met at a piano bar at Myrtle Beach so what better place to have their wedding. For their destination wedding they chose the Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes.
They included a Unity Cross as part of their ceremony.
The groom places the outer cross on the base, then the bride adds the center section.
It's a lovely addition to a Christian Ceremony. This can be ordered online or if you're lucky you can catch one on sale (half price) at Hobby Lobby.
The wedding took place on the terrace but you can see the beautiful Atlantic Ocean in this picture.
 A kiss for the new Mrs.
 Oh yes, Sam was very happy to dance the night away with his Bride.