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Carolyn and Geoff Celebrate Their Marriage with a Zombie Jamboree at Artspace in Raleigh

I first met Carolyn and Geoff when they were the photographers for a wedding I did last year. Being an amateur photographer, I find it interesting to watch what the photographers are doing when I can and in the case of Carolyn and Geoff, they were all over the place, in the strangest of positions, going for unexpected and interesting angles for the shots. I knew without a doubt that the photos would be spectacular because of this and I was right. (Here is a link to their professional website, Carolyn Scott Photography.) So when they called me to be a part of their wedding, I knew it was going to be a fun time. I was right about that, too.

Halloween-themed weddings are always fun and Carolyn and Geoff put together quite a special event. Held in Artspace in Raleigh, it was a perfect accompaniment for the unique and creative evening they had in mind. There are so many good photos to showcase their creativity so I will include a lot here and let them speak for themselves. Many of the photos are by their photographer, David E. Jackson.

Here are the cute aisle markers,

and the greeter at the guest book.

Loved this fun shot they had taken earlier in the year.

The ceremony was very touching in so many ways and Geoff brought out an even bigger smile on Carolyn’s face when he read his vows.

They decided to include an Anniversary Box ceremony. Both had written secret letters to each other to be placed into a box that would be opened on their first anniversary. Into the box would also go their favorite drink ingredients (rum and Coke) and the box would be formally sealed with their signets until their anniversary. Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall when those letters are read a year from now!

After the ceremony, everyone headed upstairs for the celebration. The bar was appropriately appointed with a huge cauldron and the seating chart was titled, “Your Final Resting Place.”

A cookie table is a tradition in Pennsylvania, where Carolyn and Geoff hail from, so all kinds of Halloween cookies awaited our pleasure at that table;

and the cake, made by Geoff’s Aunt Leah, was just perfect - spiders and all.

Sprinkled throughout the tables were fun decorations. Here are just a few.

Geoff designed Carolyn’s ring and isn’t this a clever shot of their rings together.

Here they are during their first dance.

Followed later by Carolyn’s choreographed-on-the-fly dance with her dad. The song for their dance was written and recorded by her dad specifically for that moment. They wowed everyone.

And Geoff’s sweet dance with his mom touched every heart in the room.

Their exemplary DJ for the night was Stephen Scott, who was having as much fun as the rest of us.

This is a photo of their VERY tall photographer, David E. Jackson, taken after the wedding. He flew in from out of town to photograph their wedding.

As the evening progressed, the guests had a few surprises of their own for Carolyn and Geoff.

So the Zombie Wedding Jamboree was a huge hit and all the zombies partied into the wee hours of the night. Carolyn and Geoff went off into their own crypt later, and the guests retired into theirs with the sights and sounds of a good time had by all.

Carolyn and Geoff, I hope your life together is every bit as fun as your wedding!


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Erin and Mark Marry at the Rand-Bryan House in Garner

Erin and Mark met as college sophomores and after years of graduate school and starting careers, they were finally able to marry. Their smiles here are every bit as bright and sunny as the day of their wedding. It was an absolutely glorious day for them to begin their married life and everyone in attendance was as happy as they were.

They chose as their wedding location the lovely Rand-Bryan House in Garner, NC. Situated atop a hill in a Christmas tree farm, it is a secluded setting that lends itself beautifully to special events.

The ceremony was held in the bright, cheery sunroom of the house.

To commemorate their marriage, Erin and Mark planted a young butterfly bush during the ceremony. Over time that bush is going to get very tall and every year they are going to have a lot of butterflies around their home. What a great remembrance to have of such a happy day.

The music for the ceremony was provided by Pavelid Castaneda on electric harp. It was exquisite. If you have never heard electric harp before, you are in for a treat when you do hear it. What a wonderful sound. And it was perfect for Erin and Mark’s wedding.

Here’s the adorable little Flower Girl who was quite the hit with everyone.

The beautiful program design was created for them by a good friend.

The photographer for the day was Curtis Brown of Curtis Brown Photography and here he is taking photos after the ceremony. His fun personality brought out everyone’s natural smiles.

It was a happy wedding, a perfect, beautiful day and I loved sharing in the joy. Erin and Mark, I hope your life together is filled with as much sunshine and happiness as your wedding day and your yard is always full of butterflies.


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Heather and Derek Exchange Vows with a Beautiful Nature Backdrop

Heather and Derek are serious people with the hearts and souls of poets and artists. Everything about their wedding day was put together with such thoughtfulness and beauty that everywhere you turned there was a glorious example of who they are.

They love being out in Nature and chose as their wedding location the serenely beautiful Montague Lake. It was a perfect setting and provided a calming presence that was felt throughout the day.

We held the ceremony between two handsome oak trees whose acorns were strewn all over the ground. The trees reminded me of a famous passage about marriage, written long ago by Kahlil Gibran, and those acorns were a perfect omen of the strength of Heather and Derek’s relationship, even in this its early stage.

Their unique program was a chalk board leaned up against one of the trees where all the guests could see it when they entered.

A pine cone attached to a sign was used to reserve the chairs for the families.

The music was provided by students from UNC that Heather and Derek had contacted. 

Because of their love of Nature, Heather and Derek included a ceremony to honor the four directions, lead by her brother and completed with his using a singing bowl that sang longer than any I have ever heard before. It was beautiful and touching.

When the wedding was concluded, the guests walked along a path strewn with lumieres to a clear, sunshine-filled tent beside the pond. It was bright and cheery and what wonderful decorations awaited their arrival!

As you entered there were family wedding photos set up beside wooden place cards that had been cut and hand-burned with the guests’ names on one side and their table assignments on the back. This must have taken so much time to do but what a handsome presentation they made! 

At each place setting there were burlap-covered favors.

The table centerpieces were photos of Heather and Derek as children, set into square, clear frames that held the name of the table. The names were each an attribute they wanted to incorporate into their relationship - things like courage, laughter, honesty, passion, respect and many more. Many tables had flowers in pots that Heather and Derek had planted themselves. 

The photographers for the day were Jonathan McCardell and Judy Auger of McCardell Photography. They took some wonderful photos of this wedding. Many are posted on their blog and they have given their kind permission for me to use some here. Thanks, Jonathan and Judy.

Heather and Derek found a prayer they wanted to use to conclude their ceremony and it is so perfect for them that it is included here. I know they will create all these things in their lives and will go forward from their wedding day as a strong and vibrant partnership;

May the wings of angels uphold you through all of life.
May you live forever in love and happiness with one another.
May your hearts be full and may your lips stay sweet.
May your love grow stronger with each passing day.
May your home be a place of happiness for all who enter it.
And may you live long and happily in each other’s arms.


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