“Absolutely pick Katherine Edwards to be your officiant. Our ceremony was phenomenal and we received many compliments from guests who thought that our ceremony was lovely and thoughtful. I’m not an overly touchy-feely person, but I really felt like our welcoming message, wedding address, and vows (which we were able to select and combine from Katherine’s per-prepared remarks) came together to create a ceremony that was perfect for my husband and me. She offers both religious and non-religious options and is incredibly easy (and pleasant!) to work with. I am so glad we picked Katherine to be our officiant and would highly recommend her as an officiant to any friend.”
“Katherine was AMAZING throughout the entire process! She was so willing to be flexible in our plans and patient with us as we decided on a date that worked with our family. She has such a kind spirit and felt as if she was a part of our family on our wedding day. We are so happy to have had her there for us. She explained every step so thoroughly, maintained great speed in her messages back and forth with us, and was overall the most thoughtful person for our day.”
“There are not enough words to describe how wonderful Katherine Edwards is, both as a person and an officiant. My husband and I aren’t particularly religious, so we were looking for someone who would work with us to create a meaningful, customized ceremony that reflected our love and relationship, while also being entertaining and engaging for our guests. Katherine provided all of that and more. The ceremony was exactly what we had envisioned and everyone in attendance said it was the most unique, moving, personalized wedding they had ever been to.
Katherine was a pleasure to work with from day one – we instantly clicked with her. She was incredibly kind, considerate, and absolutely determined to provide a sweet and personalized ceremony for us. Throughout the entire process, Katherine was responsive, encouraging, and attentive, offering feedback and guidance on factors like time and length, plus a few ideas that turned out to be perfect additions to the ceremony. We decided to write our own vows, and Katherine graciously (and patiently) read each draft to make sure they complemented each other.
On the day of the wedding, we felt comfortable, confident, and entirely at ease knowing that Katherine had everything under control. She delivered the ceremony beautifully, and managed to make what was already a perfect day even better. It can be hard to remember the more practical details of getting married when it’s the actual day, but with Katherine there we didn’t have to – she handled all of the logistics of the marriage license, including getting the witness signatures returning it to the Register of Deeds, and sending us a follow up email with important info.
We obviously couldn’t have tied the knot without Katherine, but we also wouldn’t have wanted to. She made the most important part of the wedding day the least stressful, and we are so grateful to have found her. You won’t find a warmer, sweeter, more positive or more capable officiant anywhere.”
“Katherine is truly amazing and it was an honor to have her be apart of our wedding. She is such a kind, genuine soul. The ceremony she performed for our wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. look no further, she is the best!!”
“I am certain we found the perfect person to marry us! Katherine was so kind and so patient. We had SIX kids in our wedding party, and she remained cool and calm through the craziness that comes with children in a formal event. She was patient with all of our questions and desires to do things a little different at times, even when the temperature outside reached ridiculous heights. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to marry. Her guidance and support makes the process seem easy! Thank you again, Katherine!”
“Katherine was incredible to work with! From the moment we met, it felt like we had known her for years! We had an out of the norm request for our wedding – it was a surprise to all of our guests! – and she was on board from the start! She was super flexible and understanding in our ceremony plans (which included her hiding in a small office with my soon to be husband while our guests arrived). I can’t say enough great things about her! Without hesitation, I would recommend her to all future brides!”
Kelly & Forest’s original plan for their ceremony was to have it at Umstead Park in Raleigh and have their reception at the Stockroom 230 downtown after. The rain back up plan would be to hold everything at the Stockroom and a few weeks prior to the ceremony they decided to just go ahead and do that. That ended up being a really good decision, as it was raining most of the afternoon!
Secretly, I was kind of happy about that because I have done ceremonies at Umstead Park in the past, but the Stockroom was one of those venues I hadn’t seen yet and I really wanted to check it out! It is a really neat industrial-looking space with exposed brick, wood floors, and beam ceilings. There is plenty of room for both ceremony and reception, and a little landing area that’s perfect for cocktail hour.
Another neat feature at the Stockroom is the Glass Box on the top floor of the same building that can be rented as well. It can be used for smaller events, bridal luncheons, showers, or as a changing area for the bride and her ‘maids. That is what Kelly did!
There were lots of lovely details throughout their ceremony and reception spaces, but I particularly loved the chalk wall! The bridesmaids walked in to the Etta James version of, “I Want a Sunday Kind of Love,” so this was really perfect. Plus, it was a Sunday! The chalk wall was done by AB Chalk Designs.
Kelly and Forest included some really cool elements in their ceremony, including a presentation of roses to Kelly’s mother, a sand ceremony, and a shell wishing with a twist. Since we weren’t at the beach to toss the stones into the water, guests instead collected them in a large glass vessel that the couple could display in their home!
Kelly & Forest’s best man and maid of honor signed the license following the ceremony while guests mingled for cocktail hour.
The couple was kind enough to leave this review for me on Wedding Wire:
“Katherine did the best job for our wedding! She was so easy to work with and so helpful in planning and answering all our questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant on their big day. She had the best attitude and all our guests commented how great of a job she did. Thanks again Katherine for everything!”
I am so very lucky to work with some really great couples. I connect with so many of “my” couples on a personal level and their excitement for the wedding and love for each other are contagious!! Imagine being so lucky, getting to experience that kind of joy almost every single weekend! That being said, some weddings just hit me a little deeper. And Tracy and Robert’s ceremony at Pullen Park was one of them.
When we met back in February, these two knew what they wanted… something sweet and simple, an intimate ceremony with mostly family, and something that would include their 5 children from previous marriages.
It was a beautiful April afternoon when we gathered at the gazebo in Pullen Park Lake for their ceremony. I arrived early and helped hang some decorations and set up the sand ceremony. If you are trying to count all the vials in that picture I will help you out – there are 8! One for the bride and groom, one for me to pour “foundation sand,” and one for each of the 5 kids. Sand ceremonies are an awesome choice for including kids in the ceremony. It is such a visual representation of the blending of the families, and I think most kids like getting their own color of sand!
They chose a pretty coral color for their theme and Robert surprised Tracy by renting a tux with coordinating vest. She thought he would be wearing a suit (and he had actually joked he was going to wear shorts and a t-shirt… men!). They didn’t see each other before the ceremony, so after Tracy made her entrance over the bridge it was sweet to see her reaction to Robert!
Shortly after the ceremony began I saw one of their 9 year-old twins start crying tears of happiness. Now, I tear up in ceremonies pretty often. I’m an emotional person and like I said, I get wrapped up in the all the happiness and joy! But this was more than that. I was fighting back tears as I could feel the love so strongly between not just the bride and groom, but from all of their children, and their family and friends that were there to share the moment. It was truly beautiful!
After the ceremony their two witnesses signed the license, while the couple and family did their formal photos. My favorite of the pictures I took that day was the moment below with the 4 youngest kids (Robert’s oldest is grown and married) watching the ducks in the lake. These kids have gone from great friends to brother and sisters, and that is a very special gift their parents have given them!
Robert & Tracy I am wishing you all the love and joy this world has to offer as you begin your journey as a new family!
Esther & Isaiah were married on a beautiful day at the end of April at the WRAL Azalea Gardens in Raleigh. The gardens are a beautiful spot for a spring wedding, as most of the flowers are in bloom and the tall pine trees provide enough shade to keep things cool. I was grateful for the especially cool afternoon they had!
The gardens were hopping that day, full of family portrait photographers and lots of prom-going teens getting their pictures made! Fortunately, WRAL puts out these signs at every possible entrance to the ceremony space to make sure people are respectful.
I loved their turquoise and coral beach theme! Everything was coordinated so well, no doubt with thanks to her planner, Katina Lucas of Visions of Elegance! The sand ceremony they chose to include in the ceremony was the perfect ritual to go with the beach theme.
Another sweet detail that was too cute not to mention… Isaiah and his groomsmen wore their shades until the moment Esther got to the top of the aisle. Then they whipped them off in unison to admire her beauty! I love it!
You’ve gotta love that dip at the end! LOL… my face says it all!
The couple was kind enough to leave this review for me on Wedding Wire:
“Katherine was great!!! She made the wedding ceremony process easy. She was helpful in answering all of our questions and terrific including all of our ceremony choices. I would definitely recommend her to anyone needing officiant services.”