Thursday, July 9, 2015

Private Elopement in North Carolina

Thirty-three years ago two college students were very much in love. But.... they were both head-strong and it was not to be their time. They had things to do and life to live. Although they were not together, they always kept each other close to their hearts. As destiny would have it, they reunited. The years melted away. Once again, they were college sweethearts. It was now their time!

The dress was bought, the venue booked. Because of a family illness their plans for an April wedding had to be cancelled. Instead of rescheduling, they decided on a private ceremony while vacationing in North Carolina. I only had a few days notice but hopefully I was able to provide a ceremony as special as their love.
The Groom's 8 year old daughter insisted on a bouquet from my garden. It was a bit unusual but was much appreciated by the Bride. (dandelions are not often used in bridal bouquets)
Even with short-notice there was time for a personal ceremony that included very special vows.
Knowing that God has brought us together,
I choose to walk beside you from this time forward.
You put love in my heart, peace in my mind, and hope in my dreams. 
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
 After so many years, it was time for the rings. 
The Bride had difficulty getting the ring on his finger but she was determined that it would go.
 After the ceremony we knew why. She put the wedding band on his right hand.
After a bit of tugging the ring was off. And placed on the correct finger.
And they were off to enjoy a 'family moon' in western North Carolina.

Oh yes, I absolutely love what I do.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Eloping in North Carolina is FUN

Yes, Eloping is fun.
 Mary and Robert wanted a ceremony as special as their love.
They chose RiverMist as the location and allowed me to be part of their celebration.
And who best to be their witnesses, Mary's sister and her husband.
As part of the ceremony, Robert and Mary 
wanted to include their first communion as husband and wife.
Let these rings represent an unbroken circle of love, 
which will withstand the tests of time. 
BIG smiles.
And time for fun as the groom 'dips' his bride.
And speaking of fun, take a look at the bride's shoes.
Yes, eloping is fun!