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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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Christine and Kenny marry September 13, 2009 at Caffé Luna in Raleigh

Christine and Kenny are such a nice couple! They are the kind of people you know would be great friends to you and to each other. And with both having a twinkle in their eyes, they are surely a lot of fun to be around. It was fun to watch them tease and joke with each other.

They added many clever and witty touches to their wedding day, including a great piece of bling that the Ring Bearer carried as he came down the aisle. What looks like a round crystal is actually the giant diamond on the top of the big ring he carried proudly as he entered.

Christine and Kenny are building a new family and they wanted the ceremony to include their beautiful daughters, Brittany and Brooke. They decided to use a Blending of the Sands ceremony to symbolically show this element in their lives. Each person chose their own color of sand...

and when poured together one at a time, they ended up with this wonderful wedding keepsake. They will always remember which color of sand is theirs and this special memento will always be at Christine and Kenny’s home as a reminder of how important they are to each other and to their family.

The ceremony was held at Caffé Luna in downtown Raleigh. I love doing weddings there because no matter the time of day, the light always has a bright and cheery feel in the three rooms of the Caffé. It always feels happy in there.



The wedding favors provided for the guests were a full table of candy delights - enough to make Willy Wonka jealous. Figuring prominently on the table was an invitation to take all you like and they had monogrammed boxes to put it in. The children’s eyes must have lit up like crazy when they saw it. And I must say, I was pretty partial to the gummy bears myself.


What a cute way to let you know which were Christine and Kenny’s favorites.



Purple was the accent color of the day and their wedding cake, provided by Ashley Cakes, picked it up in the simple ribbon that wrapped around each layer. Accented with purple flower petals and a clever “We Do” sign they had placed in front of it, the cake made a great presentation.

The DJ on hand for the music was Jill Phillips of All The Right Grooves. I always look forward to working with Jill and her partner, Bethany, because they are just so much fun and very professional. That day there was a special treat - Jill’s mom had decided to come with her to watch her in action. What a nice lady.

Deftly handling the photographs was Scott Zelenka, lead photographer for Crystal Eye Photography. I had never worked with him before so it was fun for this amateur photographer to watch him work. His photos should be terrific!


Christine and Kenny, it was an honor to be a part of such a sweet wedding and to watch you and your family interact with each other. I know you will have many wonderful years ahead and I add my congratulations to the chorus of your family and friends who wish you all the best.



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Michelle and John wed on her parents’ 40th anniversary, September 13, 2009

I had not met Michelle and John before their wedding day but we had been in contact to put together everything we needed for their ceremony. Held on the front porch of their beautiful home in Chapel Hill, it was a small, intimate ceremony with only their family and closest friends in attendance. To add to the celebration, they were marrying on her parents’ 40th anniversary, which added its own unique sparkle to the day. It isn’t often that we get to share such a special date with our family members and it was a delight to Michelle and John that they would always have that memorable bond between them.

Here is a photo of Michelle with her parents, taken right after the ceremony.

Michelle and John with their Flower Girl and Junior Bridesmaid. Just adorable!


And here they are right after the ceremony, greeting and hugging everyone before the formal photos started and all the cameras came out - they had their own paparazzi!

It was a very special time in the lives of these families and I was so happy to be a part of it. My congratulations to Michelle and John as they start out on their new life together as husband and wife and to Mr. and Mrs. McNeill on their long and loving marriage. They have set a good example for John and Michelle.


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Meagan and Jeremy get a surprise with the wedding rings, September 6, 2009 at Doubletree Guest Suites in Durham


It was a beautiful day, the bride and groom were both glowing and the ceremony was progressing as planned. When it came time for the rings to be exchanged with the beautiful secret vows they had written, just as Jeremy was putting the ring on Meagan, a bee dive-bombed into Meagan’s ring finger, leaving a sharp sting! Once we all recovered from the shock we had a great laugh about it and after I had made sure Meagan was not allergic to bee stings, we resumed the ceremony. It will be a moment none of us will ever forget and they are sure to laugh about it for the rest of their lives.

The ceremony was held at the beautiful pond behind the Doubletree Guest Suites, which is a lovely, intimate setting for a wedding. Amy Acosta, the Director of Catering, was on hand to make sure all went well for the event - and also helped Meagan deal with her bee-stung finger after the ceremony.

As the guests entered for the wedding, they were greeted by a very clever and beautiful decoration where they were asked to make a wish for the wedding couple and place it in the jar provided.












And then they came to their place cards, which were crystal stones with their names hand-painted on them. Meagan and Jeremy went to Jamaica for their honeymoon so all the decorations reflected the colors and feel of the sand and sea.

Beside the stones were the guests’ cookie favors...

And it all came together beautifully at the tables...

The cupcake wedding cake was provided by Becca Lipscomb of Cakes for a Cause, who donates to research for children’s cancers. It’s a great cause and her work is lovely.













Meagan and Jeremy, with your stinging intruder as an omen, it looks like you are going to have a life of unexpected surprises. I hope you face them all with the laughter and care that you approached the bee sting for you are going to have an interesting life together!
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Others on hand to help make the event a success;

Photographer - Slade Heath of Purple House Photography
Flowers - friends of the couple, Carmen Squadrito and Donnie Bunn
DJ - Taylor Pittman of TaylorMade DJ Services


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Jessica and Chris exchange vows September 5, 2009 in a beautiful nature setting


Jessica and Chris are the most positive couple I have ever met. Murphy’s Law seemed to be in control for a while and if there was anything that could have gone wrong for their wedding, it did - and one thing right after another the closer the time came for the big day. But they were determined to still have a wonderful wedding day no matter what. The radiant smiles you see here remained on their faces through everything they faced. Lesser mortals might have been broken but not this plucky couple. I watched them as they took everything in stride so there is no doubt in my mind that they will overcome all the storms of life together - and do it with style. I tip my hat to them. Most impressive.

One of the things that did go right for them were the rickshaws. They had the very clever idea to hire bicycle rickshaws from Raleigh Rickshaw Company to carry their family and bridal party to and from the main house to the lawn by the pond where the ceremony was held. There were even congratulatory signs on the backs, as you see here.


In this photo you see Chris and his dad ready to be driven over to the ceremony.

After the ceremony Jessica and Chris were driven around the pond for some private time before pictures and the photo at the top of this post was taken as they returned. They were positively glowing!

It was important to Jessica and Chris that the ceremony be held in Nature and to add to that, some of Nature’s interesting elements were on display. Jessica had done some studies in Australia and while there had fallen in love with wombats so there were stuffed wombats carefully placed around. You can see one here under the table chart. You should also notice the names of the tables on the chart. Interesting choices. I can just imagine some of the conversations of the guests as they sat at the Pig Sty table or Giraffe Savannah or Hippo Hollow. What fun!


The place cards were actually stones on which the names and table numbers had been painted by hand. Not little pebbles, mind you, but palm-sized stones they had gathered from various locations, judging by the colors and the shapes.


The beautiful cake of leaves, provided by Square Rabbit, was surrounded by more stones and leant itself to the nature theme.

The harp music for the ceremony was artfully provided by Anita Burroughs-Price. With training at the Royal College of Music in London and a Master of Music at Yale University, she is quite a talented harpist. And despite the heat, look at her megawatt smile!


Some other vendors on hand to make the day special for Jessica and Chris;
Photographer - KC Ramsay of Craig and van Roden Photography
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Despite everything that went wrong, this was a wedding full of heart and creativity and it fit them perfectly. During their vows, which they had kept secret from each other, Chris affectionately called Jessica his own little wombat, which brought a chuckle from everyone and touched our hearts. Jessica, especially, must have been deeply touched.

So Jessica and Chris, congratulations to you both not only on your wedding, but also for your dignity in the face of trying circumstances. Your calm in the center of the storm allowed those around you to relax and enjoy themselves.
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Now about those wombats; I’d never seen one before so after the wedding I did some research and found these cute photos online from Tam Dempsey (left) and Toby Wilcox (right). The one on the right is a baby. No wonder Jessica fell in love with them!











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Stacey and PJ share their love with family and friends, August 29, 2009, at The Magnolia Inn in Pinehurst, NC

It was a beautiful summer evening as Stacey and PJ exchanged vows on the intimate patio of the historic Magnolia Inn. Located in Pinehurst, NC, known for its wonderful golf courses and quaint old village, it was a perfect setting for the relaxed, caring and magnificent event that Stacey and PJ had in store for everyone. Stacey’s brother even serenaded them with his guitar during the ceremony!

Because their guests were so important to them and many had traveled quite a distance to be with them, they had decided to dispense with the normal photos after the ceremony and just mingle with their guests on the patio instead. The photographers, Gina McLean and Martin Kropf of Gina McLean Photography, are sure to have taken some great shots of Stacey and PJ chatting with everyone. And their videographer, W. Perry Davis of Davis Video Productions will be able to provide them with a heart-warming video for their memories.

Stacey’s father had passed away only a few months before the ceremony and his loss was still a very deep ache. But he was there in their hearts and represented by this sweet photo of him and Stacey in the ocean, taken when she was a little girl. I just loved that photo. It touched my heart.

This was the first time I had been to The Magnolia Inn for a wedding and what a treat it was. I enjoyed walking around the old hotel, checking out all the nooks and crannies and was told by the guests that all the rooms were uniquely decorated and all exquisite. The hosts were terrific and the food was delicious. I will certainly be looking forward to going back there again!











After a bit of mingling on the back patio with their guests, Stacey and PJ disappeared only to appear a few minutes later on the front porch of the hotel to formally welcome all their guests and have the toasts presented. Stacey had changed to a tropical dress with a matching flower in her hair. On her sandals were golden koi fish, which we were to learn later was going to be an ongoing theme for the evening. And so was PJ’s big, huge smile that never left his face all night!


When all the toasts and speeches were finished, we were invited into the Inn for dinner. As we came up the stairs, this very clever seating chart was waiting, with table cards attached. There were koi fish on the table cards.

The decoration theme for the evening was Asian, based around her beloved koi, with all the decorations having been created by Stacey herself. She had started working on everything over a year before the ceremony and it was all just magnificent! Mind you, she had also been working full time at a demanding job.

All the beautiful flowers, including her bouquet and flower hairpiece, were made of paper. Stacey had made each one and unless you actually touched them, you would have thought they were real. She said it was simple, really, and had gotten the pattern from Martha Stewart’s website. “Simple,” she said. Hmm. More like amazing!

The tables were set with many beautiful arrangements down the lengths of the tables...

and some vases actually had lighted koi floating in them! Just adorable.

And of course there were also koi and flowers on the mantle and around the fireplace for further accents.










Stacey had even monogrammed the napkins herself! They are going to be a nice keepsake for them to use in their home. A very nice touch.


The menu was good southern-style cooking with a modern flair. Everything was delicious and the shrimp and grits were the best I had ever tasted. Note the koi at the top corner of the menu.



The very interesting cake was provided by A Cake Tray and followed the Asian theme of the evening perfectly, with frog clasps down it’s length. The aqua fondant was a quilted pattern.


The favors for the guests were Good Luck bamboo. Plastic bags were thoughtfully provided for the travelers to place them in for their return trips home and care instructions were tucked inside, also printed with an Asian style.

It was a very special evening and my husband, Bill, and I were delighted to have been able to join them for their celebration. Koi fish represent good fortune, perseverance, courage and the attainment of lofty goals. Sounds like Stacey and PJ are going to have quite a remarkable life together. And they should because they are a wonderful couple. Congratulations to you both!


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