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TO CREATE YOUR OWN WEDDING MAGIC LET YOUR WEDDING MATCH YOUR STYLE

TO CREATE YOUR OWN WEDDING MAGIC LET YOUR WEDDING MATCH YOUR STYLE
TO CREATE YOUR OWN WEDDING MAGIC LET YOUR WEDDING MATCH YOUR STYLE. Tisha and Anupam honored both their religious backgrounds by designing a beautifully blended Hindu-Christian ceremony.

CONTACT REVEREND BARBARA LODGE

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CONTACT REVEREND BARBARA LODGE....919-942-2808....email.rev.lodge@ncweddingminister.com....www.ncweddingminister.com
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CELEBRATING THE HEART AND CREATIVITY IN WEDDINGS

Welcome! This site is a tribute to my many wedding couples who have created unique and beautiful surroundings for their weddings. Their creativity and ingenuity reflected their personalities and together we have often created new ways to modernize old traditions.

If you are looking for a minister for your wedding in the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC, contact me for a free consultation. Together we can create a ceremony that reflects your love, your personality and your dreams for your future.

To visit or return to my website - www.ncweddingminister.com

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Sara and Greg Have A Beautiful Wedding at Bay 7 in Durham


Sara and Greg are one of the nicest couples you could ever meet. There is a warmth about them individually and together, and watching them interact with each other always touched my heart. The photo above captures what I mean perfectly.

Speaking of the photo, it was taken by Robin Lin Photography and she has graciously allowed the use of her photos in this post. Many thanks to Robin and her second shooter, Stacy, for these great photos. More photos can be found in her blog post about this wedding.

I had so much fun working with Sara and Greg for their wedding but little did I know how creative - and elegant - they were going to be in their wedding decorations. I should have expected it, though, knowing them. And with the help of Erin and Tia, of Erin McLean Events, this wedding was sure to be the amazing event it totally was.

The wedding took place at Bay 7 in the historic American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham - right across the street from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. This has become a favorite spot for weddings, with its old brick warehouse walls, upper and lower levels, and a spacious, open floor for dining, dancing and receptions.



Before the evening began, Sara and Greg did a First Look. 


As the ceremony was getting started, Robin took these beautiful shots. The one of Sara and her dad waiting around the corner makes my heart smile.


The ceremony took place on the upper level of Bay 7, in front of one of the large windows. These photos catch the beauty of the ceremony on so many levels.



pronouncing them married


The wedding kiss is one of my favorite moments every time.


And then the happy exit as husband and wife.


Downstairs, the reception area was aglow with sparkling color, showing off their color scheme of pinks, corals and greys. Beautiful!






Look at this stunning cake by Ashley Cakes!


Their DJ Extraordinaire, Randy Bennett, of Bunn DJ Company,
wrote a blog post about this wedding. 

Robin got a photo of me with Randy


and with the glowingly happy couple.


I try to match the colors of each wedding as best I can and I was very happy that I had a soft coral prayer stole I could wear for their wedding. (Once a girl, always a girl, it seems.)

Later in the evening, Robin took this incredible shot of Sara and Greg kissing in front of the iconic Lucky Strike tower. Perfect!



Sara and Greg, I wish for you all the wonderful things Life is sure to hold in store. Your smiling, loving faces will always be with me.
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Others on hand to help make this wedding such a splendid success;

Catering: Angus Barn
Hair and Makeup: POSH the Salon
Florist: TreBella
Rentals: CE Rentals
Lighting: Get Lit
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4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring



The Proposal and the engagement ring have an incredible, romantic mystique about them. Those of us being proposed to love the romance of the proposal, being such a show of love and, of course, the wearing of the beautiful expression of love from our beloved. that comes with it. Our beloveds spend a lot of time thinking of unique and special ways to make that special moment happen for us. There is a lot of love - and stress - that go into this declaration of love. And since few of us know what makes a good stone and what color and cut should we go for... finding that important, perfect ring can be a pretty daunting project.

Enter Alex G. Forrester with some knowledgable tips on how to buy the perfect engagement ring. Alex is a a freelance consultant and asked to write a guest post on this topic. I think you will find he has provided some very helpful information here - so thanks, Alex!
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Alex writes...

When you are looking for the perfect engagement ring, there is a lot that goes into the decision. As you search through the seemingly endless options of bridal engagement rings, you want to find something that suits the taste of your loved one, without going outside of your budget, yet fully represents the feelings you have for the person with whom you are going to spend the rest of your life.

There are not only various cuts, styles, and qualities of diamond rings, but there are also rings that contain other precious stones, including rubies, sapphires, and peridots. The bands can be various metals of different qualities, forged into unique and surprising shapes. And we are just getting started!

We want to make this process as free from stress and confusion as possible for you. So keep reading to learn more about the four best tips for finding the perfect engagement ring for your loved one.

1. Scout Out Possibilities Online First

One of the beauties of the age we live in—the Internet Age, in this case—is that we have no shortage of sources of inspiration for things like this. There are countless websites and social networks that have pages, threads, and even videos dedicated to engagement rings, such as Pinterest and Instagram. You can even watch video reviews of various engagement rings on YouTube, which can also steer you away from rings with poorer quality stones.

2. Get Educated on Stone Quality

Speaking of poorer quality stones, how are we able to tell? There is a lot of detail and thought that goes into measuring the quality of the stone used in women’s engagement rings.

This includes the clarity of the stone, the color of the stone, the cut of the stone, and the carat level of the stone. The higher the color value, the lower the carat value and the lower the color value, the higher the carat value, and thus the price.

Those are the basic rules of judging the quality of a diamond, but there are many sources that go into further detail, which you can find all over the internet, including educational videos on YouTube.
However, if you have already selected your jeweler, they can typically provide you with all the important information you need and explain the nitty-gritty details, such as the D to Z color scale and the clarity scale.

3. Find a Jeweler You Trust

Again, if you have already found a jeweler you like, you are all set for this one. However, selecting the right jeweler is not always the easiest thing to do. You want a jeweler who knows his or her stones, but also a jeweler who has credentials and even diamond certification from an independent gemstone certification body, such as certification from the Jewelers of America (or the JA) or the Graduate Jeweler Program at the Gemological Institute of America (or the GIA).

There are various levels of certification from programs such as these, ranging from regular bench jeweler all the way up to a master level bench jeweler, as well as certifications in sales, management, and custom order jeweling. 

When it comes down to it, you can likely trust a jeweler with one of those plaques hanging on their wall. You can also find jewelers in your area by using many of the websites for these certification locations.

The jeweler can also earn your trust by walking you through all the details of the stones you are examining, whether it is showing you the cut of the gemstone through a microscope or showing you the color grading compared to other stones he or she has on hand. It is also good to make sure that the jeweler has a fair return policy before making your decision.

4. Do One Last Double Check on the Stone Quality

This is not to imply that your jeweler is not on the up and up. But getting a second opinion on a stone you have purchased is a great way to set any nerves you might still have at ease about your purchase, as well as let you know if there are any imperfections you want to know about.

After all, this is going to go on the hand of your spouse for the rest of your lives together. You can get this second opinion by sending your stone into a third party laboratory that handles gemstone appraisal. These labs include the aforementioned GIA, the American Gem Society (or the AGS), or the International Gemological Institute (or the IGI), among others.

These are four tips you can use for finding your perfect engagement ring for that special someone. Consider these, and you will manage to guarantee a smile on the face of your true love!

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“Alex G Forrester is a freelance content marketer and consultant, with nearly 7 years of content writing experience about everything from marketing and technology to family and travel. When he is not brushing up against a deadline, he can be found on the beach with his black lab, Louie. You can find Alex on Twitter and Facebook.”


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A Baptism for Graeme at Fred G. Bond Park in Cary























I love how life comes full circle and watching the children come along for the couples I marry is one of my joys. In 2014, I had the pleasure of ministering the wedding of Lauren and Corey and two years later, when they called me to be a part of their son’s baptism, I was thrilled to get to share in another special day in the life of their family.


They wanted to be out in nature for the ceremony and chose Fred G. Bond Metropolitan Park for the occasion. I had never been there before and it was such a pretty area, sitting up a hill by a pond. When I was growing up, my grandmother used to tell me that God’s first temples were the trees and for this ceremony it was absolutely obvious how very right she was. It was simply beautiful.

On hand to take the photos of the event was Jamie, one half of the dynamic husband and wife team of Richie and Jamie of Jagg Photography . They had also been Lauren and Corey’s wedding photographers and it was easy to tell that the couples have since become good friends. I knew the photos were going to be really special and indeed they were. All the photos used here with the amber tones were taken by Jamie and I thank her for the use of her great pics.

When we arrived at the park, Lauren and Corey were setting everything up for the ceremony and that gave the rest of us time to flirt with adorable little Graeme.







When it came time to get Graeme into his baptism gown, Lauren had lots of willing help.


Corey and his sisters























The gown had previously been worn by Graeme’s daddy, Corey, and his three sisters when they were baptized.

This is the beautiful monogrammed baptism bib for Graeme to wear with the heirloom gown.


For the ceremony, I always ask parents to bless the water we use for the baptism by placing into it all their hopes and dreams for their child. Lauren and Corey brought their own water and blessed it right before we began the ceremony. Jamie got some sweet photos of this.



The bowl into which they placed the water was another family heirloom.

For the ceremony, I often ask parents to write their hopes and dreams and ask if they would like to read them. Corey had written something very touching - with a touch of humor - and I have included his text below in this post. Here he is shown reading his passage to Graeme as Lauren looks on, holding their little sweetie.



Corey’s words to his son;

Graeme, 

Your mother and I are so filled with love now that you have entered our lives. Every day we awake to new experiences, smiles, cries and of course diaper roulette during changing time. You are a shining light that the Grace of God has placed into our lives. This is especially evident through the impact you have had on the people in attendance today; your family. All of whose hearts burst wide open on January 27, 2016, when we got to meet you for the first time. You are surrounded by love! As you embark on your own journey through life, your mother and I have a few wishes and dreams for you to live with and by. 

Love ferociously, and do not be afraid to chase your passions. Always be open minded and question everything (except your parents of course!). Be ambitious, and do not be afraid to lead. When you fall, and you will, remember that all you have to do is get back up. When that seems like too much to bear, lean on your faith, family and friends and we will always be there to help you. Have convictions, and stand up for what and whom you believe in. In this world you are going to encounter all kinds of people, be brave enough to trust them and, more importantly, allow them to trust you. See the positive in everything, and if you ever lose your way, know that we will be there to help you. 

Travel, see the world and get outside of your comfort zone as much as possible; you will be better for it. Don't grow up too fast! Trust your Dad here, there is plenty of time for bills and credit cards, not enough time to wake up with the ambition of youth where each day is there for your to paint your brushstrokes upon. Make mistakes, just not at 3:00 AM, because your mother and I enjoy our sleep! Have the courage to not tip toe through life, and wear your emotions on your sleeve! Don't be picky, be thankful. When you are old enough, and not a day sooner, remember that good whisky doesn't need a mixer! Embrace change in your life, there is always an opportunity to better the man that you are always becoming, be great! 

Last but not least, remember the three most important things in your life; God, Family and Notre Dame Football - regardless of what Mom says!

Graeme, we love you, and cannot wait to continue the journey of your life with you.

Mom and Dad
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And now it was time for the baptism, using the water filled with Lauren and Corey’s blessings.




At the end of the ceremony, I always ask the parents to pour their blessed water back into Nature, at the location of their choice. Lauren and Corey chose this young tree that stood near the table where the ceremony took place.


After the ceremony, the parents, grandparents and I signed the baptism certificate.






























And we all exchanged hugs, love and laughter while we took lots of photos of ourselves with our little guy of the hour.









This lady was a professor at the college where Lauren and Cory met and she came to celebrate with them how far they have come in their lives.


Here is a photo with their photographer, Jamie. I had also married she and Richie in 2010, with all their children included in the ceremony. They did a choreographed family dance at the end of the ceremony that I will never forget. 



Here is a link to the blog post I wrote about their wedding if you’d like to take a look.
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Lauren and Corey, thank you again for including me in another beautiful celebration of love in your lives. It was a true joy to meet your handsome little Graeme and I can’t wait to meet your future children!





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