“We searched high and low for an officiant that my now husband and I both loved, half way though our meeting with Katherine I knew she was the person I wanted to share my big day with. From start to finish she was nothing less than professional, flexible, and willing to lend a hand as well as full of helpful suggestions from start to finish. You couldn’t ask for a sweeter personality, family friendly, well organized person than Katherine. I’m so thankful for all that Katherine did to make our wedding flow as smoothly and graceful as things did. She is amazing, the end! – Meisha”
“We are so glad that we chose Katherine Edwards as our officiant. When we first met her we instantly knew she would be a perfect fit for our wedding. She had several selections and options for how the ceremony would flow. We loved that we could customize it to exactly what we wanted. She checked in with us all the way through to make sure we didn’t need anything. She was great at our rehearsal and helped us understand exactly what to expect and how it would flow. Our ceremony was wonderful! All of our guests asked us if Katherine Edwards was a close friend because she was so personal in the delivery and seemed to know us. They were all impressed by her and said it was one if the best wedding ceremonies they had ever attended. She made sure to make us feel extremely important and not just another ceremony she was performing. She also followed up with us after the wedding to let us know how to get copies of our marriage license and helpful tips on changing my name. If you are looking for a professional and friendly officiant then stop looking and book with Katherine. We can’t say enough good things about her!”
Victoria and Jacob were married on April 16th at Jacob’s parents’ home in Henderson. The home was beautiful and the yard would be envied by a golf course… perfect grass! When I mentioned how great everything looked to Jacob’s father, he said he was disappointed by the recent hard freezes we had, because it meant not as many blooms as they’d hoped for the wedding. I think God made up for the freeze by providing the perfect day for them! Blue skies, not a cloud in sight, temperature in the 70s, and a light breeze. Couldn’t ask for more!
This wedding was a DIYers dream! So many lovely details. I took a ridiculous amount of pictures! I should have expected it though, since both Victoria and Jacob are creatives with jobs in the arts. These wooden hand-lettered signs were perfect for the country atmosphere and then there’s no need for programs.
I told Victoria her wedding cake was the most beautiful I had ever seen and I still stand by it! The flowers were beautiful and echoed the arrangements on wreaths hanging overhead. I also love when the icing actually looks edible! Because, it is a cake after all!
Speaking of those wreaths, there was one hung at the ceremony site as well. My pictures of it don’t do it justice!
Victoria and Jacob had been dating for 5 years and neither one seemed a bit nervous about the ceremony! They decided to include a wine box ceremony and chose to include letters from their parents and Victoria’s Maid of Honor, Gabrielle. I love the idea of adding letters from other special people, at least for the wedding day and then the tradition can be continued on anniversaries with just letters from the couple.
One funny moment was about 2 minutes before the ceremony was to begin I realized there was no hammer for the couple to nail the box closed! I ran to the back of the house where the rest of the bridal party was lined up to find out where it was, then took off running across the house to get it, then ran back to the front where Jacob and I were waiting to walk out. I was happy to have a minute to catch my breath before the ceremony began!
I loved the wood plank runners for the tables at the reception, and the eclectic mix of china found at thrift stores!
While guests made their way to the party, Victoria and Jacob’s witnesses signed the license. They chose to have their MOH and Best Man sign the license. Jacob’s father was also his best man.
Victoria and Jacob, you were wonderful to work with and I truly enjoyed getting to know you. Your wedding day was beautiful and I hope it was everything you hoped for! Wishing you all the best!
Andy and Julie were married last month at the Page-Walker House in Cary. Also known as the Page-Walker Hotel or the Page-Walker Arts and History Center. It was built in 1868 as a railroad hotel and it sits right next to the tracks near downtown Cary. It has an interesting history and now many interesting uses – including weddings!
I met with Andy, Julie, and Julie’s daughter Lauren after a wedding on Easter afternoon to do a quick rehearsal. It was a little rainy and cold, but it gave us a chance to talk through the logistics of the day.
These big beautiful trees were in bloom around the garden. They looked kind of like Cherry Blossoms, but I’m not sure what they were.
The day of their wedding started out rainy as well, but fortunately by the time the ceremony started we had nothing but blue skies and big pretty white clouds!
Andy and Julie chose to include a sand ceremony ritual, so that Lauren could be part of the wedding. She was also the flower girl!
I often get asked by couples doing a sand ceremony what kind of table they need. This is a perfect example of using something simple that you already have. This little white folding table is just right and adding a bow on each side made it wedding-ready. Definitely look around your house or ask a friend or family member if you can borrow something before you buy a new table.
After the ceremony guests were off to celebrate with a reception in the gallery! I thought this was a great set up with the buffet line and bar in the hallway leading into the gallery. I have also seen the reception set up in the courtyard outside (very first pic in the post).
And I had to share a picture of their cute favors: “Mint to Be!” and beautiful wedding cake.
On the previous Sunday when we rehearsed we talked about the possibility of moving the ceremony inside, just in case of rain. This large room is on the third floor of the Page-Walker House and with a nice fireplace at the front of the room, it would convert nicely into a back-up ceremony space. The capacity is only 60 though, so really just an option for smaller weddings.
Congratulations Andy & Julie! Your wedding day was beautiful and I’m wishing you all the best!
Amber and James are a very sweet couple, with a sweet story! They first met at the Athletic Lab gym in Cary and had their first date at Brio. They chose to walk down memory lane by having their ceremony at Athletic Lab (yes, in a gym!) and their reception at Brio. I love it!
I also loved how they had this chalkboard sign when guests entered, showing their love story and giving guests insight as to why they chose these locations.
As we began the ceremony, Amber had a very special surprise waiting for her. She did not think her mom was able to make it from New York for the ceremony, but at the last minute she was able to fly in the night before. Friends kept her hidden away until Amber started her walk down the aisle with her daughter. Even the groom did not know! We were at the front already and he said incredulously, “Is that Amber’s MOM?” It was great! So then Amber walked with her sweet baby girl and her mom. It was beautiful.
Amber and James chose to include a sand ceremony. Their last names are White and Gold, so they chose white and gold sand. Perfect! Also, in a very cool twist on the traditional sand ceremony, they gave each guest one of these tiny bottles of sand. During the ceremony I passed the main vessel through the guests with the help of Gabe (pictured left) and each person was able to add their sand, as a show of support for this new union.
Photos (1st and 3rd) by Maya Anna Photography
After that, the couple added their own sand to make this beautiful blend.
Photo (right) by Maya Anna Photography
Following the ceremony, two close friends signed their license while the couple took pictures around the gym.
Adam and Marina were married at a private residence in North Raleigh on March 26th. The home was of a family friend, and the owner told me it wasn’t the first wedding to take place there! The couple they bought the home from had actually held their daughter’s wedding on the same deck. As you can see, it is the perfect set up for an intimate ceremony overlooking the pond.
When I arrived for a short rehearsal on the Thursday before the wedding, the home owner and Adam’s mother were busy planting pots of white flowers for occasion. I thought that was a lovely touch!
The weather had been calling for rain all day, and the sky was looking a little iffy just before ceremony start time. We hurried and got everyone in the seats as it was just starting to drizzle when we walked out onto the deck! Fortunately, the drizzle stopped and held off for the rest of the ceremony just as our radiant bride arrived.
Photo (right) by Maya Anna Photography
Adam’s family is Jewish and Marina’s is Christian, so this was an Interfaith ceremony. We included a wine ceremony and used the goblet from Adam’s Barmitzvah. That was a very sweet addition thought of by Adam’s mother, Carol.
Photos by Maya Anna Photography
And of course a breaking of the glass was also included! This is one of my most favorite wedding traditions. There are many explanations out there as to the symbolism of the breaking of the glass. The one I use most often in ceremonies is that just as the glass has been fundamentally changed and cannot go back to how it was, so have the lives of the couple.
Photos by Maya Anna Photography
Thank you, Marina and Adam, for letting me share in your special day! Best wishes!
I’m blogging a little out of order today! Let’s skip ahead from Kristy & Dylan’s backyard ceremony in March to Henginey & Cesar’s backyard ceremony in April! Both couples were blessed with gorgeous weather for their day.
The sky was blue, sun was shining, and there was a cool spring breeze! The patch of bloomed azaleas in the back yard was the perfect back drop for this intimate at-home ceremony.
Henginey’s sister did much of the planning and decorating and found much of her inspiration on Pinterest. I loved the details!
The couple chose the Elegant Elopement package because the ceremony was short notice… about two weeks. And they had just a handful of family there. This is the perfect scenario for the elopement package. They chose one of the Christian non-denominational ceremony options that is about 5-6 minutes long. It includes all of the traditional ceremony elements like exchanging rings, saying vows, and of course the “I dos!”
If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you know that I love when moms sign the license! And they love it too! Cesar and Henginey let their moms do the honors.
Then it was time to celebrate and eat cake! Mmmmm look at that cake!
Congratulations Henginey & Cesar! The bride’s sister was kind enough to leave this comment for me on facebook: “Thank you to all to all the ladies who recommended Katherine Edwards. She was absolutely wonderful. We were all so pleased with her patience and beautiful words… My sister and brother in law were so happy with how comfortable she made them feel during the ceremony… Thanks a million!”
Last week’s elopement ceremony took place at a private residence in Raleigh. I did find it very appropriate though, that the road name was White Chapel Way!
Some of the prettiest wedding spaces I see are backyard ceremonies. Some people hear “backyard” and cringe at the thought of lawn chairs and picnic blankets (although that in itself could be quite lovely if you’re going for a “summer casual” atmosphere!). But I’m telling you, with the right vision a backyard can be utterly transformed into a beautiful wedding space.
Take for example, the scene that greeted me when I walked onto the back deck at Kristy & Dylan’s wedding. What an elegant, intimate set up for a post-ceremony dinner.
I arrived just in time to see their “first look” from the deck. The stepping stones made such a sweet backdrop for the pictures.
The sunroom was the perfect size for a small ceremony and the floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides afforded a fantastic view of the woods and the pond behind the house. You can see the guitar on the left there on the bench. Kristy’s brother played for her entrance, which was so sweet!
Kristy & Dylan included a “rock wishing” ceremony, which consists of guests taking a stone as they enter the ceremony area, and then making a silent wish, prayer, or blessing for the couple while holding the stone. At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests followed the happy couple down to the water to throw (or skip! I saw some impressive ones!) their stones into the pond. This is one of my favorite ceremony rituals that can be done at any body of water. Use shells at the beach, or pennies in a fountain!
Their moms signed the license, which is always a special job for them to do!
Professional photos were taken by Alycat Photo & Video Services for photography. I look forward to seeing those!
I am going to make a much more concerted effort to keep up with blogging this wedding season. And what better couple to start with than Maggie and Matt who were married at All Saint’s Chapel on March 5th!
All Saint’s Chapel is a truly beautiful venue in downtown Raleigh on East Street. They hold open houses regularly, so check out their website to find out when the next one is.
I’m a new instagram user (@Ceremoniesbykatherine) so this was my first time actually using a couple’s hashtag on social media. I know, I know…. get with the times! It was fun searching by the hashtag a few days after the wedding to see guest’s pictures.
Matt and Maggie had an unplugged ceremony, which I am always on board with! In addition to this sign (right by the programs, so no one could miss it!) I made a statement before the ceremony started asking guests to please put their phones and cameras away.
How adorable is the bridal suite downstairs inside All Saint’s? I couldn’t help but snap this springy pic!
Flowers were done by Brides and Bouquets and they were stunning. The colors were mint, peach, and gold, which was a really lovely combination.
The altar was especially lovely with the floating candles in the hurricane vases. Matt and Maggie chose to include the wine box ceremony, so I made sure the letters, box, and wine were up front and ready to go for us.
Matt and Maggie chose the “Completely Custom” ceremony package, which includes telling their love story. Here is one of my favorite snippets describing when they first started to have feelings for each other:
Everything changed the summer following freshman year, when that same mutual friend who initially introduced them invited them to his beach house for the weekend. Both MAGGIE and MATT recognized a new connection between them on that trip. MAGGIE told me she truly can’t describe what happened or why her feelings changed so quickly, but the next thing she knew she was sitting on the beach holding MATT’s hand, wondering why she suddenly felt like she’d known him forever. MATT told me that for him it was a warm, comforting feeling that grew as he spent the day on the beach with her, and that feeling never went away.
I always like to snap a picture of their witnesses signing the licenses and send it to the couple later. Many times the photographer is already busy with group shots and can’t get a picture of this moment. Matt and Maggie had their Maid of Honor and Best Man sign for them.
I had to get a shot of the ladies following the ceremony to show off their beautiful color scheme. I hope I see more of this mint, peach, and gold combo this spring!
And big thank you to Maggie & Matt for leaving a review on Wedding Wire!
Katherine was hands down one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. She was so sweet, fast to respond to emails, and answered all my questions along the way. She made our ceremony so personalized – you can tell she put a lot of time and effort into it – and everyone complimented us on how great it was. I would absolutely recommend her to others! You would be crazy to not to pick her. – Maggie & Matt
I am so excited to reveal that I have partnered with local watercolor artist Stephanie R Williams, Artist to gift each one of my “Completely Custom” couples with a beautiful piece of frame-able art featuring their wedding vows. Photos from the ceremony will be used as the inspiration, so each piece is completely custom and unique.
I used Samantha & Robert, my last “Completely Custom” couple of 2015 as my guinea pigs. Below you can see both the finished product and the beautiful images from A.J. Dunlap Photography that were used as inspiration. Samantha & Rob were married at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC.
Also arriving in the package with the art piece is a keepsake copy of the ceremony, printed on 67lb acid-free card stock so you can relive the words of your ceremony any time!
For any of my previous couples who are interested in ordering one of these beautiful pieces, contact Stephanie directly for a discounted rate: 919-772-7345 or Artsmarty47@gmail.com.