The forecast for the wedding day was dismal but as it turns out, although unseasonably chilly for early October, the rain held off. And with the beautiful soft lighting provided by the low-hanging clouds we succeeded in having the wedding ceremony outdoors in the lovely amphitheater which changes every time I go there. Jessica and Chad decided to see each other before the wedding so a "First Look" was orchestrated by their talented photographic team of Elizabeth and Frank Myers with Sweet Life Studios, a team I love to work with often. Frank was even at our rehearsal Saturday morning while Elizabeth was doing a photo shoot in the gardens with another bride.
If you notice in the top photo of me with the couple, Chad is really really tall! So when we met, I happened to mention that I had another bride and groom with the same height discrepancy and she stood on a stool for the kiss. Jessica loved the idea of kissing Chad at his own level (or close to!), so she asked her father to construct a stool for the wedding. And he made this fine piece of furniture they will cherish always!
The White Garden, as it is called, is so pretty and lush!Serendipity Jazz Band which was playing for the reception, provided our ceremony music. We are going over the cues for the processional.
Duke Gardens was the reception site and Durham Catering Company was doing the serving. Jessica is very crafty and creative and for the most part, this was a DIY wedding that came off very successfully. I love their choices of bright honey yellow, happy vivid sunflowers and blue for the groomsmen. They followed through with the tablecloths and place settings. Jessica told me she "thrifted" all the dishes from thrift stores! Each table has different ones and they are so cute.
Getting in the line-up!
The guests are all seated and we are lining up for the processional. Their friend, Elizabeth, did a terrific job of directing for us.
Jessica's parents, John and Terry, proudly bring her in! All the flowers the couple picked up at the Farmer's Market and made their own arrangements and bouquets.
We began with a welcome and a tribute to those who could not be with us.
Looking way up high!
They read their vows to each other from my book then exchanged rings.
The pronouncement of marriage! Then I turned around and retrieved the stool and put it between them.
Chad, you may kiss the bride!
And he did and she did--from a new perspective!
Elizabeth snaps a picture as they head for the bridge!