Thursday, January 2, 2014

Blair and Greg's wedding was Saturday December 28, 2013 at the wonderful Carolina Inn
The Inn was still aglow with their usual stunning Christmas decorations and so warm and welcoming. It is a joy to officiate weddings here. So I was quite happy when the couple's officiant found out she was not going to be able to officiate for them and sent them my way. They were a delight to work with and so very creative despite Blair's arduous medical school curriculum and Greg's demanding work schedule. But all in all, together we created a wonderful ceremony for this momentous occasion.
Cinda's Creative Cakes baked this beautiful cake and it was in place for the reception in the Old Well Room.
Tre Bella provided the beautiful floral arrangements and the wedding bouquets. 
The music for the reception was provided by the Groovetown Band. Their guitarist played for the ceremony. It was very pretty.
Our wonderful wedding coordinator and director, Tia with Erin McLean Events, is speaking to our reader, Emily. That is Jason, one of our photographers with Michael Moss Photography in Asheville. The couple asked me to announce when I entered for the guests to put away their cell phones and cameras so that they could truly be present with them as they made their vows to each other.
Greg and I entered first followed by the seating of the parents and the maid of honor. 
Blair and her father, Bob, made their grand entrance. Blair's elegant wedding gown was simply perfect for her! 
Bob transferred Blair's hand into Greg's and she gave Dad a little kiss. 
And so the ceremony began--a warm welcome to all, an opening blessing, a tribute to their parents, and remembrance of those loved ones no longer with us physically.
Their friend, Emily, shared the words of Roy Croft's poem "Love" and did a wonderful job of projecting her voice so all could hear.
And then it was time for their story. I loved the opening line and so did our guests: "Greg and Blair met the old fashioned way--she picked him up at a bar!" It got everyone to laughing and the rest of the story brought more chuckles too.
They met almost exactly 2 years ago in Chapel Hill at Top of the Hill and Greg wasted no time inviting Blair to a New Year's Eve party. Blair cancelled her other plans and went with him--probably one of the wisest decisions of her life!
The relationship was long distance between Chapel Hill and Arlington VA until Greg found an opportunity to relocate to Chapel Hill. They quickly adopted their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Wally.
Greg proposed in December of 2012 and Blair wasted no time saying "yes!" 
Being a very decisive woman, she just as quickly chose the Carolina Inn, the photographer, the florist and her beautiful dress. 
And now they hear for the first time what they each told me in confidence they loved about each other! 
They exchanged their vows and rings. 
We closed with a blessing and the pronouncement of marriage.
Of course then the kiss! 
The quick exit to go spend the first few minutes of their marriage in private until time for photos. 
Greg and Blair, what a pleasure to work with you and be a part of your big day! It was simply stunning. All your careful planning and originality paid off big time. I am so happy for you and wish you the best of everything!
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