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Alicia and Valencia Commit Their Lives to Each Other in Raleigh

When Alicia and Valencia (known to their friends as AJ and Vee) contacted me about being the minister for their commitment ceremony, we all felt an instant connection and I was so pleased they decided to sign with me. Putting together their ceremony with them and writing it so it fit them perfectly was a lot of fun and included many sweet and touching moments. Their ceremony was a celebration of the love between themselves, their families and their guests and my husband, Bill, and I were happy to be among the well-wishers.

Here is a photo of Vee and his son, Dameon. I think I fell in love with Dameon when I first met him. He is a handsome, quiet and polite young man with a huge artistic talent that I hope he pursues someday. You can tell he has had wonderful care and guidance from his parents and he should go far in his life as a result. And just look at those two great smiles!

Here’s the happy couple, beaming like crazy and happy to be committed Life Partners.

The Flower Girls and Junior Bridesmaid were all the daughters of friends and family. Their dresses picked up the lovely color combination of the event, lime green and purple. Very cheery choice.

During the ceremony they celebrated their commitment with a Blending of the Sands, using green and purple sand that made a lovely keepsake for their home. On the table with the sands they had placed photos of their mother and grandmother who had both passed on. It was a lovely homage to both the women who had meant so much to them.

AJ and Vee were very clever in finding their cake. Apparently Wal-Mart provides wedding cakes (who knew?!) and this is their lovely cake.

The go-to person for the evening was their niece, Talisha Gummell. She made the bouquets, the decorations, the centerpieces... everywhere you looked there was her handiwork. It was lovely and very impressive for such a young person. I am told she hopes to one day become a wedding and event planner and she would certainly be a natural.

Their photographer was Amanda Olson and while watching her work I could see she was finding so many sweet moments to capture. I can’t wait to see her photos!

The hair and makeup were provided by Tineka Richardson of Unique’s Beauty Salon. Great job, Tineka. Everyone was beautiful and AJ was simply glowing. Her makeup even stayed on through her tears. Tineka can be reached by phone at 919-699-4377.

The ceremony was held at the Marriott RTP, which created a lovely backdrop for the deep and sincere love in evidence that evening.

It was a loving ceremony, a magical evening and a foreshadowing of the magnificent future AJ and Vee are sure to have in store together. I was so happy to have been asked to play a part and I wish you both all the best Life has to offer.


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Happy New Year 2010

As the world bid farewell to 2009 and happily welcomed in the new year, we were all hopeful for the futures of ourselves, our families, our friends, our nations and the planet itself. 2009 was a tumultuous year everywhere you turned so as we celebrate the arrival of a clean slate on which to write our individual and global futures, may the hopes we hold most dear become the reality in our lives.

As we move through the constant barrage of the sky-is-falling economic forecasts and the “who-did-what” and “who-didn’t-do what” arguments of the news show talking heads, and in the face of the sad and ongoing evidence of how man can be unkind to man, let us not forget that what is always on the other side of the equation - and universally so - is the love and goodness within us all. As a smile is universal, so is the heart. We all care about our loved ones, our neighbors and our nations and this love and caring are the compelling, connecting elements in all mankind. We should hold this power in our hearts and minds and never let it go.

So happy new year to you all and may 2010 bring a fun and prosperous future with much love to spare.

I found some fun internet photos from the beginning of 2010. My congratulations to all the photographers and artists whose works I have found, admired and used here - with many thanks for your great talent.

2010 - the year of the Tiger!

The ubiquitous New Year’s Eve 2010 T-shirt.

Celebrating in Times Square, New York...

as the ball drops...

and the revelers party.



And Rio.

Every year’s beginning is a crossroads in our life. Where will 2010 be taking you?


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