On October 16, 2009, I performed a small intimate wedding ceremony for Doug and Lorena surrounded by their closest friends and family. You can see the post on that wedding here. Lorena's parents came up from Peru for the occasion and Doug's parents were there too. But, Lorena knew she wanted to have a big formal wedding ceremony one day where she wore a big white bridal gown and her father walked her in and planned to have it exactly one year later on October 16, 2010. And so she booked me for the date and started planning the big one. She chose Rosedown Plantation in Smithfield for the event and it was really grand! Rosedown Plantation is an old estate acquired and renovated about 2 years ago by Lisa and Don Frantz and has become a spectacular site for weddings. It is directly on Highway 210 and the first turn off the road is into the pasture area where there is plenty of parking! A tent was set up for the reception complete with tables and chairs and a dance floor.
The wedding cake was by Ambrosia Cake Creations and included the groom's cake with the race car on top. Doug is very fond of racing and in fact was a race car driver until he had an unfortunate accident a few years that left his right arm limited. The caterer, The Serving Spoon, from Pine Level was there setting up as well. You can see the huge parking lot in the background.
DJ Professionals and Video was all set up in an area disguised by shrubs. Troy did a wedding a few weeks ago with me at Duke Gardens. It was good to see him again. At this point before the wedding began he had on a jacket as it was a bit chilly with the wind blowing off the water.