“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.”
“Katherine was fantastic. We were struggling to find just the right person to perform our ceremony and she over-delivered. She was recommended by our our wedding host and exceeded our expectations. Her words were sincere and memorable. She made our guests feel welcome and part of the ceremony. We would highly recommend her for your special day and wish her the best going forward!”
Jason and Sarah were married in a sweet, intimate, elopement ceremony at Jason’s parents’ home in Raleigh in early May.
The original plan had been to have the ceremony out on the back deck. I admit that would have been pretty amazing, as it was a large, beautiful deck hidden among a thick grove of trees. However, mother nature had other plans that day as it was absolutely pouring when I arrived!
The back up plan was this charming set up in the living room. I loved how everything coordinated with the purple and white. The monogrammed cake and matching napkins were some of those little details that show how special a wedding is, no matter how small the guest count!
The couple chose a short, non-religious ceremony that they felt represented their relationship well. I know their parents were a little concerned that there would be no mention of God, but Jason’s mother came to me with tears in her eyes after the ceremony. She told me she didn’t know a non-religious ceremony could be so beautiful!
Because there was no bridal party, the couple just had two close friends in attendance to sign the marriage license following the ceremony. This is almost always seen as an honor by those who are asked, so consider that when choosing!
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!”
Lisa contacted me a few weeks prior to their April 19th wedding date and shared their plans of a quick elopement at Barbour’s Grove Park in the adorable town of Four Oaks. I was excited because pictures of the park online looked adorable… the grass and flowers were well-manicured and beautiful brick pathways led up to a white gazebo in the center of the park that would be perfect for a wedding ceremony.
I was disappointed when the forecast was calling for rain and a change of plans was necessary. I shouldn’t have worried though! Lisa told me they lived across the street from a little white chapel. In all of their years living there, they had never been inside the chapel, but they knew that their neighbor went to weekly services there. They called the neighbor to see if it could be their rain back-up plan and Lee’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was happy to help!
Understandably, Lisa and Rodney were a little nervous never having seen the inside of the chapel, but they had nothing to worry about! The plain white brick building hid a beautiful interior, perfect for their big day! And you really can’t get much more convenient than a wedding venue across the street from your house! I wish I had taken a picture of the outside of the chapel, but it was pouring rain when I arrived, so I ran in and took cover!
The ceremony itself was very heartfelt. My portion of the ceremony was short and sweet because it was an elopement, but Lisa and Rodney chose to write their own vows which always makes the ceremony personal and unique. Now, if you know me… you know I’m a sucker for a groom that cries! I’m an emotional person by nature, so when Rodney was so choked up during his vows that he had a hard time getting through them, you better believe I was fighting back tears as well!
The couple’s children stood up for them during the ceremony and we got this lovely family photo afterwards:
Now, if you are like me you’re looking at these pictures and thinking, “ELOPEMENT?” Everything was so pulled together and so well coordinated that you never would have guessed that they pulled this together in just a few weeks!
The happy couple, along with their family and friends, retreated back across the street to the couple’s home for a pig pickin’ reception! Thankfully, they had shelter from the rain because it just did not want to let up that day!
Congratulations Lisa and Rodney! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your very special day!
Lakeside ceremonies were the theme for me the last week of March and first week of April! Michele and Dave just wanted a small, simple, quick elopement ceremony with only a few family members by their side. We initially planned to have the ceremony in my living room, but since Spring decided to poke it’s head out and say hello that week, we made a last minute change to Lake Benson.
For a town the size of Garner, they have a really impressive Parks and Recreation department. Lake Benson park is absolutely beautiful and has a lot to offer. It is really at the heart of the community in Garner. If you are interested in getting married there, you should contact the Town of Garner about one of the four shelters available for rent.
We had to take a picture with Dave’s gnome following the ceremony! Apparently the gnome travels with them wherever they go and they take pictures with him. I was honored to get to hold him!
I love this family picture of Dave’s brother and his wife, Dave, Michele, her sister and niece. I should point out that Michele had her something new (white pants), something borrowed (bracelet), something old (DAVE!), and something blue (her necklace).
And of course we had to make it legal! Here are Dave’s brother and Michele’s sister serving as the witnesses on their license (and the gnome!). Congratulations Michele and Dave!
I had the pleasure of marrying Nichole and John in a small, intimate, mid-week ceremony at Lake Jordan on March 26th. The ceremony was attended by just a few family members, including two adorable little two-year olds – John’s daughter and Nichole’s niece. It was a Wednesday so the park was deserted. (And to be honest, I think the temperatures in the 30s may have contributed to that!) Despite being cold, it was a beautiful clear blue-sky day and a beautiful back drop for Nichole and John’s wedding.
As we stood lakeside, shivering, I tried to go through the ceremony at a little quicker pace than usual. Poor Nichole looked absolutely stunning, but was braving the wind chill to make it through the ceremony while the rest of us were bundled up!
The family had rented a shelter at the water’s edge for their celebration, but taking the weather into account decided to head somewhere indoors afterwards instead. I can’t say I blame them!
This wedding was a perfect example of how with a little effort, a small wedding can be really personal and beautiful. They had a lovely location and coordinated the colors in the girl’s dresses and sashes and Nichole’s bouquet with John’s uniform. When put altogether it was really, really nice. If you’re maybe considering a courthouse ceremony but aren’t excited about it, consider something like this instead!
I have to give a shout out to Dart McAdoo at Von Master Videography. He did an awesome job capturing the day (at a really affordable rate!) and was great to work with. All photos in this post were taken by Dart.