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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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Katie and Chris marry August 22, 2009 at the Aqueduct Conference Center in Chapel Hill

Katie and Chris have been together since high school and all their family and friends kept telling me what a perfect match they are for each other. I could see that for myself, too. And so it came as no surprise that for this couple an extra special omen would come into play.

There was to be a chance of rain on their big day and although in many cultures of the world it is considered an omen of great good fortune to have rain on the wedding day, Katie and Chris would have preferred no rain at all. But it came anyway and prevented them from having their wedding out on the vast expanse of lush green lawn as they had planned. Plan B went immediately into effect and the ceremony was set up on the large back porch of the Aqueduct Conference Center, creating an intimacy we wouldn’t have had out in the yard - and it was just beautiful.

This was my first time at the Aqueduct Conference Center and what a treat. To look at the building as you approach it you would never know the great ambience it holds inside and behind itself. You enter through a nice foyer into a large expanse of three rooms with a big fireplace in the center one. At the far end of all three rooms is a wall of windows and doors, through which you enter onto the very large porch that looks out over a HUGE yard surrounded by trees. It was serene and beautiful.

In this photo, looking from the front porch into the room, you can see the fireplace and to the right is a piano, being played for the event by a friend of the family, Gregory Dixon. Mr. Dixon is a professional pianist and can be contacted to perform for weddings and other functions through his email or phone, 919-832-9429.

Here is the front porch set up for the wedding, looking out toward the yard.

For Plan B, the rose petals that were to have been the aisle markers were instead used to decorate the built-in wooden seating that runs the perimeter of the porch. It was a lovely effect and smelled so nice besides.

At the end of the ceremony, the guests were to shower rose petals on Katie and Chris as they exited back out the aisle as husband and wife. The petals were waiting for the guests under the chairs, beautifully arranged in individual doily containers sitting in a basket. They were handed to the guests as they were seated.














This handsome young man was the Ring Bearer and he is holding the two shells he carried. No ring pillow here, and what a unique and beautifully simple change it was. The color of the shells matched the pink accent color of the wedding, as did the Bridesmaid dresses, the men’s ties and the boutonnieres.

The cake was made by Cheyenne Brewington of Cake Delicioso, which is a student-operated custom cake bakery. I hope to see many more offerings from them as the years go by. My photo of the cake does not do it justice, unfortunately, but it was a real work of art and duplicated the simple elegance and feel of nature of the whole event.

Two other musicians were on hand for the ceremony music; Nancy and Jessie Holton, also friends of the family. Jessie was on sax and Nancy played the flute. I have never heard these two instruments played together but it was beautiful. What a wonderful and unexpected sound combination! Nancy and Jessie only play at their church but they would surely be very successful if they ever decided to branch out and play professionally.

The photographers were the very capable husband and wife team of Todd and Amy Farmer of Todd Farmer Photography. They were a very nice couple and had a knack for getting everyone together to make the photos go smoothly. Todd told me they strive to keep their rates reasonable and their photo quality high - a great combination. I’ll be looking forward to seeing their photos of the wedding when they are online.

I couldn’t resist adding this great photo of Katie and her niece, the adorable little Flower Girl. Behind them, you can see Amy taking a photo.

It was a delightful wedding, even with the rain, and I know Katie and Chris will benefit from the abundance of goodness that the rain foretold. Congratulations to them and their families!



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Captain Covington returns from Iraq for his honeymoon


I married James and Laura the evening of January 10, 2009 at The Covington House (yes - his family’s property) in Southern Pines, NC. But the Marines had decided to send him to Iraq the very next day(!) so their wedding night was no wedding night at all. It was an early exit from the wedding reception to drive all night to get him to Norfolk, VA, to ship out at 6 am, January 11. What a bittersweet wedding night that must have been for them and one none of us would ever want to face.

But this weekend (8/9/09) James is back home - safe and sound - in the loving arms of his beautiful wife. Laura sent me these photos to share the happy homecoming. The pictures say it all.


Together at last!!

Look at this incredible sign that they made for the homecoming!


Welcome home, James! Thanks for all the emails to keep me up to date while you were over there. I enjoyed seeing things from your perspective.

And thank you, James and Laura - a Marine and his wife - for your sacrifice on behalf of our nation. We honor you and appreciate your service.

May there be many happy years ahead for you both!







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Cathy and Brian say their vows at Snipes Farm Retreat in Chapel Hill, August 8, 2009

Cathy and Brian met at UNC - Chapel Hill when they were students there a few years ago. Eventually their friendship grew into a love and they have been together ever since. Although they currently live in New York, their hearts are still with UNC so they came back to the area to marry where it all began.

Harking back to the NC in their hearts, the wedding favors for the guests were bags of grits with a cheese grits recipe on the tag from the famous Crooks Corner Restaurant in Chapel Hill - and jars of hot sauce to go with them. That recipe is a winner, y’all.

Standing by the grits and hot sauce was the most adorable little cow that Cathy’s mother had found. It seemed a perfect accent for the decorations and they decided to use it in honor of the dairy history of Snipes Farm, where the wedding celebration was held.




Snipes Farm Retreat is a rustic old dairy farm that sits tucked away in the country surrounding Chapel Hill - and it was a perfect setting for this fun, casual wedding.

The ceremony was held under the big oak tree on the left.










The old barn now has additions to accommodate larger groups and the old silo still stands at the end of the breezeway that connects the barn and silo.


This is the interior of the barn set up for the reception.

Snipes Farm Retreat is a charming location and you can reach them at this phone number; (919) 929-3454.

The lovely cake was provided by Edible Art, who always creates beautiful wedding cakes. It never ceases to amaze me how clever these bakers are to come up time and again with the most wonderful designs and this design seemed to suit Cathy’s personality especially well.

Cathy and Brian chose Grace Wepner of Harp String Studio as their harpist for the ceremony. It was a joy to meet her and hear her play. She lives in Greensboro but travels the state for weddings and I am definitely going to be looking forward to hearing her beautiful music again.

The wedding planner for the day was Courtney Hooper of C and D Events and the photographers were Lindsey Marla and Joe Wiliford of Lindsey Marla Photography, now based out of California. Durham Catering Company brought in all the food.

This wedding was a work of love from their friends and family to Cathy and Brian. They all worked together to bring in a little bit of themselves to add to the eclectic mix. Their friend April did the flowers, friend Ryan home-brewed the kegs of beer, Cathy’s sister-in-law, Michelle, did the hair, Dail, a friend and professional DJ, kept things hopping musically, Bridal Party members, Abbie and Chris, did a reading, and Cathy’s mom did all the local legwork. Cathy’s Great Grandmother was also represented by the family heirloom pin that Cathy attached to her bouquet. Three generations have so far worn that pin. Nice.

It was a very special wedding that perfectly suited a very special couple and I was honored to be a part of it. Congratulations, Cathy and Brian, and many happy days ahead to you both.


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Christina and Chad marry August 1, 2009 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary


It was another beautiful day at The Umstead Hotel and Spa and so perfect for Christina and Chad’s very special wedding. They are such a great couple and it is obvious they are going to have a happy life together. Everyone was talking about what a perfect fit they are for each other and I heartily agree. They have been living their lives in separate states for quite a while and it is going to be so nice for them to be together at last. After the honeymoon they plan to reside in Iowa, where Chad is part of his family’s business.

Ami Wheeler, the Social Catering Manager for the hotel, made sure all was perfect for them in the beautiful wedding garden where the ceremony took place and the elegant Salon Room where the reception was held.

Christina and Chad provided these engraved fans for their guests during the ceremony. This very thoughtful idea provided some much-needed respite against the summer heat and humidity and the engraving on the fans was an elegant touch.


The reception was held in the Salon Room where everything was exquisitely presented and the food was delicious.

All the flowers for the wedding and reception were provided by Steven Taras of The Watered Garden, who is one of the florists the hotel uses for its own floral displays. He is quite an artist and his handiwork was beautifully displayed everywhere. I wish my photo did them the justice they deserve.

Over by the cake was a beautiful, intriguing goblet that looked like a woman carrying a bucket above her head. It is called a Nuernberg Wedding Cup and was a wedding gift to Christina and Chad from a friend who had traveled in Germany. According to the German story (said to be true), in 1450 there was a young goldsmith who shared a love with a wealthy man’s daughter. The father, most disapproving of this affection, had the young man thrown into prison. After seeing his daughter wither away from her grief, he told her that if the young man could make a chalice from which two people could drink at the same time without spilling a drop, he would free him and allow them to marry. He was certain, of course, that this was an impossibility.

But true love is a marvelous motivator and the young man rose to the challenge, cleverly creating two goblets in one. The larger goblet is the woman’s skirt and the bucket she carries is the smaller one. The bucket is ingeniously designed to swivel at her hands, which then allows the bride and groom to drink at the same time. The father had no choice but to allow the couple to marry. (Ingenious young man!) You can find the full story of this charming legend here.

How can we ever resist the look of love on the faces of the bride and groom as they dance their first dance as husband and wife.

Or the gleam in their eyes as they decide if they should be nice as they feed the cake... or not.

Speaking of the cake, this beautiful creation was provided by Donna Ford of Sweet Memories. I have seen many of her cakes before and they are always exquisite. Her cakes are works of art and she has provided cakes for national and international celebrities. Obviously her talents are renowned.

Their photographer for the event was Chris Perez of Azul Photography. Chris’ work is amazing! He has won many photographic awards in his career and the photos on his website and blog show abundantly why this is so. To say they are excellent photos is an understatement so I can’t wait to see his photos from Christina and Chad’s wedding!

The DJ for the reception was Kevin Majoros of Joe Bunn DJ Company. Kevin was a great DJ with an amazing playlist and all of us at our table were constantly talking about how good all the songs were. He also had two slim, cylindrical speakers that put out some high quality sound. Very impressive technology.

And lest I forget, the woman whose job is a necessity and who did such a great job on all the hair and make-up (which was no small feat in the heat and humidity) was Page Berse of About Face Make-up Artistry.
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The legend of the Wedding Cup states that love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup... I see a wonderful marriage ahead for Christina and Chad.







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Colette and Iain exchange vows at the J C Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, August 1, 2009

When Colette (a political science major at UNC-Chapel Hill) went to Ireland 18 months ago to study at the University of Ulster, little did she know she would meet the love of her life, Iain, who was a music major studying there at the time. They became inseparable - or at least as much as possible with the Atlantic ocean between them and the occasional romantic trip through Europe! They have at last managed to become husband and wife - and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

The vibrant orange of the Bridesmaids’ dresses was matched by the vibrance of the hot summer sun and the beautiful bright flowers of the bouquets, which Colette and her Bridesmaids had made themselves. They were stunning!















The ceremony and reception were held in the lovely White Garden of the J C Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. The White Garden is a little gem tucked away in the back part of the arboretum and it was perfectly suited for the special celebration that Colette and Iain shared with their family and friends.

The ceremony took place at the gazebo...

And the Bridal Party entered through the romantic arbor opposite the gazebo.


Being the first day of August - and seemingly the hottest and most humid day of the year - the old-fashioned fans they provided their guests were a much welcome aid against the heat of the sun. This old-style fan is a tried-and-true mainstay and using one again for the first time in a long time it was easy to see why they have remained so popular - they are effective! And the “Colette and Iain” tag that was attached to each one added a genteel touch.

The music for the event was provided by violinist Emi (pronounced “Amy”) Hildebrandt of Elegant Violin Duets. Although she was solo that day, she normally performs with her husband, Udo, also a violinist. She is an excellent musician and she and her husband perform with the NC Symphony.


Although it was a hot day, it was such a special wedding celebration with folks from both sides of the Atlantic getting to know each other that I doubt many of them even noticed the heat. They had brought in tables of food and beverages and it was obvious they were going to have a grand time in this quiet little haven in Raleigh.

Their cute little flower girl was just adorable and very shy and I couldn’t resist including a photo of her here. (That’s mom’s skirt she is leaning into.)

So Colette and Iain, I would love to know where your lives and your wanderlust will take you from here! It is sure to be fun and exciting no matter what. May your lives provide all the gifts that Life can bring.



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Jennifer and Bob marry August 1, 2009 at the Lake Wheeler Conference Center in Raleigh

Jennifer and Bob are a great couple. He’s a fireman with two local fire depts (!) and she’s a bank teller working on furthering her education. And despite such full schedules, they still found time to plan a wedding!

From the start, they told me they wanted their wedding to be casual and relaxed and their choice of location was a perfect compliment for that. They chose the Lake Wheeler Conference Center in Raleigh, which sits right beside the lake and has a beautiful view all around - lake on one side and woods on the other. And because it was the morning, the water was still calm and serene.

Shades of blues and purples were their color scheme and their mothers came perfectly attired!

Jennifer and her Maid of Honor carried large hydrangea blossom bouquets and Bob and his Best Man’s shirts, ties and boutonnieres were perfectly matched to the bouquets. Nice touch. There is something distinctly southern about hydrangea blossoms and I always love seeing them as bouquets - especially the big blue ones.

Although the morning weather was overcast and hazy, it cast a perfect atmosphere over the lake and the softness lent itself beautifully to the lovely, intimate setting. It was a very sweet wedding and I will always remember it. This photo of them together is one of my favorites from the day for it shows the tenderness that passed between them and the soft, romantic feeling of the light. A perfect combination.
Jennifer and Bob, may there be many more soft, sweet days to share throughout your lives.


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Abby and Seth exchange vows July 31, 2009 at The Doubletree Guest Suites in Durham



It had to be one of the hottest days of the summer so far but it was also one of those beautiful days when even the air has a sparkle to it. Abby and Seth had decided to marry at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Durham beside the lovely little lake at the back of the hotel. There is an arbor on a dock on the water and that is often where weddings are held in good weather, which we had in spades. You can see in the photo below, taken by our DJ, Lenny Fritts, what a beautiful setting it is.

On hand to make sure all went well for them was Amy Acosta, Director of Catering for Doubletree Guest Suites. She always cares so much about her clients and I love working with her for that very reason.

To help the guests deal with the heat, Abby and Seth had the very practical idea of fans for the guests to use. The fans with the Abby and Seth tags were waiting at the entrance to be picked up as the guests entered for the wedding. Sitting in white baskets, they made a nice presentation with the bows picking up the bright pink accent color of the the printed tags and the color scheme.









The beautiful and elegant wedding cake was provided by Cake Dreams by Sally.
And the goodies for the reception, provided by the hotel, looked delicious!





The air-conditioned tent for the reception was an oasis in the heat and beautifully set up for the day with the white, black and bright pink color scheme. Everywhere there were splashes of the pink and black in the elegant table arrangements, the bouquets and boutonnieres and the simple, floating flowers of the arbor. All the flowers were pink or white gerbera daisies and they were beautiful! The pink daisy on Seth’s lapel was striking against his black jacket. Mary Rumph of Amazing Floral Events did all the florals.

















And of course where would we have been without a good DJ? We had one of the best with us that day, Lenny Fritts of A Touch of Class DJs. He also thoughtfully took some photos during the wedding and one of the ones he sent me is included above. (Thanks, Lenny.)

The photographers for the day were the husband and wife team, Bob and Nancy Pendleton of Pendleton Photography. They were quite a tag team and I will be looking forward to seeing their photos when they are posted online. They are sure to be excellent.

Abby and Seth, you were both glowing with happiness all day! I so enjoyed being a part of your beautiful wedding. What a great life you are going to have together.


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