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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.

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Megan and Jeremy marry July 25, 2009 in the Apple Orchard at Fearrington Village of Pittsboro


It was a beautiful summer day for a wedding. After 10 years of knowing each other, Megan and Jeremy decided it was finally time to get married so they chose Fearrington Village as the location for the ceremony, which was held in the apple orchard by the large arbor. Standing on the brick steps heading into the arbor, Megan and Jeremy were glowing in the sunshine. They both looked radiant with happiness and the sun shining through Megan’s veil onto her hair and face was just beautiful.

Helping them keep everything going on time was Cheryl Jansen van Rensberg of Fearrington Village. Fearrington Village is a great location for a wedding because aside from the beautiful setting and professional service, they can also provide the wedding cake, flowers, reception - and even a wedding night suite. Everything is always first class and Megan and Jeremy made a wise choice to use their all-inclusive services.

All the floral decorations, bouquets and boutonnieres were provided by Fearrington Village and you can see here how full of lively color everything was. It was beautiful. The pomanders on the aisle chairs matched the ones hanging from the top of the arbor above the Bride and Groom and even the flower petals thrown by the Flower Girls were bright, multi-colored petals, which looked beautiful on the grass and the brick of the steps.



A drink table was thoughtfully provided for the guests to enjoy before the ceremony began. In the hot summer heat, that was a most welcome addition. Water, tea and lemonade - pure Southern elegance.


A string trio for the ceremony was provided by Arioso Strings. Composed of Mary Page Block and Rebekah Carlson on violin and David Oh on cello, they were exemplary. I always know when I see them that the music is going to be special. And it definitely was.


At the end of the ceremony Megan and Jeremy exited out the aisle and their guests joined them in the parking lot. In a shower of bubbles from the guests, the newlyweds headed out for some private time in a limousine ride. What a clever way to escape the craziness for a few minutes and just be together to savor your new status as husband and wife. That must have been a very special time for them.

The photographer for the event was Shane Snider of Shane Snider Photography. His card says, “different wedding photography,” and that is certainly true. His work speaks for itself. Can’t wait to see his photos of this lovely wedding when they are posted.

The reception was held in The Barn at Fearrington. Keeping things jumping was the ever lively Ken Holmes of Joe Bunn DJ Company. Ken is always fun to work with and he and I had just done a wedding together the evening before so it was good to see him again.

Also from Joe Bunn DJ Company was a videographer, Kevin Alexander. He was all over the place with his camera, making it a certainty that the video he makes for Megan and Jeremy will become a precious keepsake.

During a quiet moment, I caught this sweet photo of Megan and the Flower Girls, Abby and Hannah, and couldn’t end without adding it here.

Megan and Jeremy, I wish for you all the grand things Life is sure to hold in store. May all your dreams come true for you in unique and wonderful ways.


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Kaitlin and Mark marry July 25, 2009 at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest


Kaitlin and Mark met because of their dogs. His is a great Dane who comes up to my chin (!) and hers is a boxer mix who is no slouch in the size department, either. They are great dogs and I was definitely enjoying being around them. The four of them make a really cute family unit.

Because the dogs brought them together, it was important to Kaitlin and Mark that the dogs be with us for the ceremony - so we all walked from the house over to the chosen location in the park, with the dogs chomping at the bit to be let off the leashes.

Kaitlin, who had to have unexpected emergency surgery just 3 days prior to the wedding (!) was determined to make sure things went off as planned, regardless. She was quite the trouper walking such a distance in that summer heat, but she was a radiant bride all the same. Mark was watching out for her and it was sweet to see.

They wanted to be married with only their parents and dogs in attendance and had put together a lovely ceremony that included special elements from all their parents. His mom did a hand ceremony, his father said a prayer, her mother read from the Scriptures and I provided the vows and the pronouncement of marriage. Couldn’t have been simpler - or more touching. Exactly what they wanted. And the dogs stayed right beside us as the ceremony progressed.


The location chosen was the new E. Carroll Joyner park right across the street from their home in Wake Forest. What a nice park! It is apparently an old homestead with a restored barn and other buildings, plus a log cabin, sitting in an old pecan grove. It has been beautifully restored and landscaped and its quiet serenity was perfect for the ceremony. (I’d love to know how old those pecan trees are. They are huge.)



On hand to take the photographs was Abbie Cooke of Chariot Creative. Her husband, Jason, was her “roadie” for the day and helped with her equipment and also the dogs. (Very thoughtful, Jason.) Abbie is growing her photography business and watching her work it is obvious she has a good eye and will be very successful. Her photos of the wedding are sure to be terrific.

Kaitlin and Mark, it was a true joy to be a part of your beautiful wedding and to share in all the love that was surrounding you from your parents and your dogs. You are sure to have a wonderful life ahead of you. Thanks for inviting me to be a part of your special day.


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Mimi and Tanner blend Hindu and Christian traditions to create a unique ceremony - July 24, 2009 - The Forest Theater, Chapel Hill



Mimi and Tanner, coming from Hindu, Baptist and Catholic backgrounds, wanted to honor and include all the traditions in their ceremony so they contacted Guru Shukla (a Hindu Priest) and myself to work with them to create a ceremony that would do exactly that. I have worked with Guru Shukla before and his ceremonies are always special for he takes the time to explain to all assembled what the significance is of each portion of the Hindu wedding ceremony. Because at their root all religions profess the same values, it is much easier than one might expect to blend the Hindu and Christian texts and traditions to create a beautiful ceremony - and this wedding was quite touching with the mix chosen by Mimi and Tanner.

Here is a photo of Guru Shukla as he sets up the stage for the Hindu portions of the ceremony. Normally, a Hindu wedding takes many hours, but our ceremony had to be limited because of time constraints.
The ceremony took place in the beautiful old Forest Theater on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill. The theater dates back to 1916, when it was first used as an outdoor theater. Hewn from the rock of the hill on which it sits, there is a marvelous old world charm about it that I love

This photo is Guru Shukla in the side entrance to the stage. You can see the stones used in the wall from the building of the theater.











This next photo is the amphitheater seating cut into the stone, going up the side of the hill. (It is much more steep than it looks here.)

And here is the actual stage itself, set up for our ceremony. The ceremony took place within the yellow rose petals strewn on the ground. The chairs on each side were for the parents to sit and participate in the ceremony. The dark spots in a line on the right center of the photo are actually leaves that mark the Seven important elements of a couple’s life together and therefore the seven steps that are required to begin them. Looking carefully at the far chairs, you can also see the two garlands that the Bride and Groom will exchange during the ceremony.

Because the ceremony was to be about including everyone, there were no specific dress styles required. Some wore western style clothing and some wore saris, but all the bridesmaid dresses were soft neutral tones that picked up the various colors of the stones. I thought Mimi’s dress was one of the most exquisite wedding gowns I had ever seen and she looked beautiful in it. It had the perfect feel for their wedding in Nature. And Tanner’s tennis shoes - what a great, unexpected touch!













Mimi and Tanner were initially attracted to each other because of their shared love of philosophy so it came as no surprise when they told me they wanted to write something to each other and keep it secret until the wedding. As you might imagine, their choices were personal and touching and Tanner’s was a poem he wrote for Mimi. Couched inside both readings were secret meanings that only they understood and I could see that they were both affected by each other’s words. It was another sweet part of the ceremony.

Mimi and Tanner are soon to move to New York to start out on a new phase of their lives, but I know they will always hold a special place in their hearts for the unique way they chose to begin their married life. Being pronounced husband and wife in both the Hindu and Christian traditions, they go forward with the blessings of all those who love them dearly.
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Other vendors on hand to make the wedding a success;

Wedding Planner - Cara Zuelke of A Southern Soiree (what an INCREDIBLE job she did!!)
Photographer - Meredith Davenport of Christian Oth Studios
Sound Equipment - Ken Holmes of Joe Bunn DJ Company
Musicians - Elegant Ensembles


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Jenny and Matt marry July 18, 2009, in The Barn at Fearrington Village


Sometimes our good friends really do know us better than we think. Five years ago, a friend set Jenny and Matt up on a blind date - unbeknownst to Jenny, as it turned out. On July 18, almost five years exactly from the day they first met, they were married. Obviously their friend saw something good.

Jenny and Matt live in Virginia but with Jenny’s family living in our area, they decided to come to NC to marry and chose The Barn at Fearrington Village as their setting. On hand at Fearrington Village to make sure all went well for them was the very capable Gilda McDaniel, the Special Events Manager, and she is a whiz. Nothing is ever left to chance with her and she makes things go so smoothly through the whole event that she can become invisible. A real professional.

Who would have ever thought that an old dairy barn could have been turned into such a wonderful location for a wedding? It has a rustic charm all its own and its honest dairy barn heritage gives no outward hint of the change it undergoes when it is all set up for a special event. But my goodness, when all the white lights that are twined around the inside pillars and the giant tree-branch chandeliers are all lit up, it takes on a magic you seldom see. And it was perfect for Jenny and Matt’s wedding.


The music for the ceremony was provided by a wonderful string trio from Florian Music and for the reception, a DJ from Island Sound, Frankie Hagan, did the honors. The Barn can go from classical to any-style music in the blink of an eye and it still works well no matter what. Very versatile.

The DJ, Frankie Hagan, is also very versatile. One of the many hats he wears is that of a dance instructor, so those of you wanting to learn how to wow your partner on the dance floor - or wow your guests with your first dance as husband and wife - check out his personal website.


Covering the photography for the event was Rob Tomlinson of Cutting Edge Photo. Nice man, very kind, and a great photographer. I can’t wait to see the final photos from Jenny and Matt’s wedding. Not only are they a handsome couple to begin with, but watching Rob work I could tell he has a good eye and Jenny and Matt are probably going to have a hard time choosing which photos to pick... they’re all going to be great!

There were also two videographers on hand, Carroll Herndon and James Tigner, both of Island Sound, which I learned that night is a DJ and videography company. They are sure to put together a great final video of the wedding because with two cameras they were able to cover a lot of ground. It was such a fun and happy wedding and the location was so scenic that the video is sure to be full of the many charming and wonderful moments we all experienced.

So take the simple elegance that Jenny and Matt chose for their wedding, add an old dairy barn with a hint of magic and you have the makings for a really special event. Jenny and Matt, I hope the magic lives within you both all the rest of your lives.

(In case you’re wondering, this is the life-size topiary cow that stands in the courtyard of the barn. Nice touch.)


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Angie and Robert have a fun, casual wedding at the Duke Gardens Ampitheater in Durham, July 10, 2009

For Angie and Robert, their wedding was to be casual, fun and all about being with their family and friends. The wedding took place in the beautiful Duke Gardens Ampitheater that sits behind the Doris Duke Center in the gardens. It was a perfect place for a light, carefree wedding like this one and it matched Angie and Robert’s personalities to a T.

The semi-circular Ampitheater sits beside a lily pond and is so lovely that the only decorations they used were tall, water-filled glass cylinders in which floated an orchid and a candle. It was simple, elegant, modern and beautiful.

The music for the ceremony was provided by friends of the Bride and Groom - Toby Weinstein on violin and Dave Spencer, of Spencer Music, on guitar. The melodies they played floated across the Ampitheater and hung in the summer air, reflecting the emotions of the beautiful vows that Angie and Robert had written to each other.










The reception was held on the lawn and terrace behind the Doris Duke Center, with tables set up inside and out. Even the food was light and airy - delicious salads of all sorts. Such a clever idea and just the right choice to match the heat of the day.

The table decorations were simple hydrangeas in clear vases with leaves wrapped around the inside of the vase. It was a pretty effect and so simple to achieve!

One of my favorite aspects of the Doris Duke Center is the airy spaciousness of the room and the beautiful, unique, vine motif chandeliers that hang from the ceiling. Between the light from the wall of windows on both sides of the room and the soft light from these chandeliers, that room always has a special glow, day or night.


The wedding cake was actually a tower of cupcakes, provided by Kelley Gill, of Kelley G. Cupcakes. Now these weren’t your ordinary cupcakes! They were the most unusual flavor combinations I had ever tasted and they were all delicious. There was a chocolate cupcake with a lavender oil-infused icing, a pistachio/rosewater cupcake that tasted just like a rose, a blueberry cupcake with blueberry icing and even a gluten-free strawberry creme cupcake for those who have trouble with wheat. They were all gobbled up quickly and I can’t ever remember hearing adults go on and on about cupcakes like that before!

There were very few of the normal, posed photos and even those that were taken were done light-heartedly. The photographer, Lashelle Chappell, of Chappell Photography, must have had a lot of fun taking all the candid shots of everyone. In looking at her work on her website and blog, there is a lot of heart there and when the photos from this wedding are posted, there are sure to be many gems among them.

Everything about this wedding was a beautiful, sparkly beginning for a marriage. Angie and Robert, may the sparkle of your wedding day remain with you always.


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Corinne and Barry exchange vows at Rosehill Plantation in Nashville, NC - July 5, 2009

Corinne and Barry were determined to have their wedding outside so we waited as the rainy weather left us guessing for a while. But in the end, despite a remaining sprinkle, the chairs were wiped off and the wonderful guests braved the rain to be there for Corinne and Barry’s beautiful ceremony in the gazebo by the pond. Their determination turned out to be worth it because the misty weather added a special charm to their event. And weren’t the wedding colors beautiful in that setting!

They chose the Rosehill Conference Center as the setting for the wedding and reception and what a special location it is. Sitting in the countryside of Nashville, NC, this stately home and grounds, with its beautiful pond and gazebo, presents a lovely wedding venue that is tucked away from the world.


The reception was held in Nathan Hall and my little camera lens just wasn’t big enough to catch the full grandeur of the room.

One of the highlights of the evening was Corinne and Barry’s first dance. It started out as you would expect, with a sweet little slow dance, but before long they surprised us all with a rousing dance routine that went through all the different styles of dance. They had worked on their routine for over 3 months and their DJ, Randy Bennett, of Joe Bunn DJ Company, had helped them put together the songs to fit the different styles. It was so much fun to watch as they changed from one style of music and dance into the next and changed props as they went. The videographers, Alex Mingel and Ryan Whelan of Mirrored Memories, were on hand to catch the whole thing and as soon as they have the editing finished, I will include the video here. I can’t wait to see their dance again!

Corinne and Barry are a very special couple and it was a lot of fun to be a part of the planning of their ceremony - and to be included at their reception so I could witness that great dance. Rosehill has a lovely wishing well on the grounds and I hope they made a wish for a long and happy life together before they left.



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Love triumphs as Jill and Rich marry July 1, 2009, in their new home in Cary

There’s a funny thing about true love; it never dies. Jill and Rich have known each other for 24 years, starting when they both had a silent crush on each other as high school seniors. But neither told the other and they just stayed friends. Life took over, as it will, and they each went their separate ways. But every now and then the old friends would run into each other again and catch up on their lives. Eventually they had both become single parents, each with daughters, living in separate states.

Then one day in 2008, their paths crossed again when they were each visiting a mutual friend. As soon as their eyes met it was love at first sight all over again and in May of 2009 they decided to marry.

The wedding was planned for July 1 and they arrived literally days before the wedding. In a whirlwind of activity, they closed on their new home, got their marriage license, planned the wedding logistics, had a wedding rehearsal with the girls, and their families started arriving - all in a matter of 3 days! Whew! There hadn’t been enough time for the rings to arrive from the jeweler so they bought wedding bands at Wal-Mart just for the ceremony. And although those rings were not the rings of choice, there is no doubt they will still become family heirlooms for what they now represent; 24 years of love and friendship that have come full circle in a beautiful way.

Destiny had planned this wedding from a long time ago and Jill and Rich’s families were as thrilled as they were that it was coming to pass at last. Their daughters, especially, were looking forward to it. They had become fast friends over the months their parents’ relationship had deepened and had begun to refer to themselves as A-S-S (almost step-sisters). I guess now they are true S-S.

One of the things that will always touch my heart is to see Love triumph over all and that was evident in the faces of Jill, Rich and their daughters. Their new home is sure to sparkle with happy life and vitality for many years to come.

Welcome to North Carolina and may your lives be very happy here!








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