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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.

To visit or return to my website - www.ncweddingminister.com

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Season’s Greetings! Barbara and Bruce Create a Christmas Wonderland in Their Home


I have always loved Christmas - the joys, the sounds, the smells, the decorations, even the craziness. I love it all.

My husband, Bill, and I have some friends who are great collectors of Christmas decorations and they have been making and collecting items for many, many years. They recently had guests over to the house for a Christmas gathering and we got to experience again their love of all things Christmas. They have graciously allowed me to use photos taken that evening in this post and I have way more good shots than I can possibly include here, but here are some to give you an idea of what fun it was to walk into the Christmas Wonderland they created in their home. It took them over two weeks to set everything up, so you can imagine how much was there.

This is the entrance area to the house.





 

Even their doormat was special.


Once inside the house, there were decorations everywhere you looked. It was magical!





They had even built their own creche! Bruce built the stable and Barbara made and fired the figures by hand. It was obvious this had all been done with love.


Their daughter had given them this amazing painting from a local artist, RJ McDonald. Notice anything special about Santa’s tree? (hint: enlarge the photos and look at the tree top and in the branches)











Under their Christmas tree, decorated with family ornaments and ornaments they have found in their travels through the years, they had created a tiny little town. Barbara had built many of the buildings by hand and Bruce had created a multi-level base to fit around the tree. They covered it with “snow” and set up the town.






There was Christmas everywhere you looked, in all shapes, colors and sizes - including even the kitchen! What a treat to find new little scenes with so much attention to detail in every little vignette. It was like being in a magical Christmas museum.



You could feel all the love and care they had so tenderly placed in their Christmas items and it must have been wonderful for their children to have grown up with that. It certainly was a treat for us to be able to share in the special Christmas cheer. Can’t wait to see how they set it all up next year!

Bruce and Barbara, thank you for sharing your home and your generous spirits with us. We hope your holiday season is a magical time with family and friends and happy memories to savor forever.




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April and Harry Surprise Their Guests with a Wedding, December 18, 2010

April and Harry have a Christmas party at their home every year but this year there was going to be a difference; they were going to be married at the party and nobody was going to know until it started!

First, the guests started gathering for the party about 2 hours before the wedding was planned to begin. About an hour before the start time, April and Harry left to go get ready and hoped that nobody would miss them while they were gone. Then, once they had returned, their friend was to make an announcement about how important everyone there was to April and Harry and then tell them that they were actually there for a wedding! At that point, lights would come on in the back yard and we would enter from the side of the house where we had been hidden during the announcement. My goodness, you should have heard the cheer that went up when the guests learned they were to witness a wedding!

photo by Diana Matthews of Creative Moments Photography
It was a beautiful ceremony, all about their love for each other, their friends, and most especially their families. It couldn’t have gone off any better no matter what and the roar that went out from the guests when I pronounced Harry and April husband and wife was absolutely deafening. My eardrums were vibrating like I was standing in front of a giant speaker! Then the Confetti cannons went off and there was confetti coming from everywhere. It was WONDERFUL!!

photo by Diane Matthews of Creative Moments Photography
After the ceremony, everyone was hugging and kissing and laughing, having the time of their lives. April and Harry were beaming and so was everyone else. They really put one over on their guests and nobody will ever forget this amazing wedding. It was a special treat for everyone there and what a tremendous way for April and Harry to share their love with the people who mean the most to them.

Here are some photos...

With friends immediately after the ceremony.

With her Great Aunt.


Confetti was everywhere!


The little sailboat in their yard was festively strung with lights.


photo by Diana Matthews of Creative Moments Photography

Love this photo of them with Harry’s niece, who was also having the time of her life.

 April and Harry, thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a special time in your lives. That deafening cheer when you were pronounced husband and wife will stay with me forever; there was such love and happiness in it.

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The professional photographers for the event were Diana Matthews and Monica Dechene of Creative Moments Photography. I can’t wait to see their photos when they are online and Diana has graciously provided some to add to this post. Thanks, Diana!



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Erica and Michael Celebrate their Wedding at The Arrowhead Inn in Durham, December 18, 2010

Erica and Michael met in a Spanish class at UNC many years ago and it was three months before she finally got up the courage to ask him out. They’ve been together ever since that first date and on a very cold and sunny day this December they married under a beautiful white gazebo at The Arrowhead Inn.

Originally, the wedding was to have been a surprise for all their guests, with them being invited to what they were to think was an engagement party, but Erica and Michael just couldn’t contain themselves and eventually spilled the beans. That didn’t stop their families from celebrating with high excitement and joy and despite our all standing outside in the cold for the wedding, Erica and Michael said their vows in the outdoor wedding that was very important to them. So important, in fact, that even though Erica was sleeveless in her lovely wedding dress while the rest of us were shivering in our coats, she says she never even felt the cold.

They chose as their wedding location the very special Arrowhead Inn, lovingly cared for by the innkeepers, Gloria and Phil Teber. Decorated up for Christmas, it lent an even more special ambiance to the house and grounds and it matched the festive mood of the wedding couple and their guests.

After the ceremony, everyone lingered outside a bit, waiting for the photographer to get a group shot. Their families had come in from all over the USA and it was very important to Erica and Michael that they get a shot of everyone together. While we waited, I was able to catch a couple candid moments with my camera while the happy couple greeted their guests. It was all very sweet.


And someone even got a shot of me with the handsome newlyweds.


Afterwards, they all went into the house to share a meal at a beautiful table set up beside the Christmas tree in the back parlor.  It looked so charming and inviting, like a Norman Rockwell painting.


The simple, elegant cake was provided by The Cake Lady, who always does lovely cakes.

It was a cold day, but all the emotions were so warm you would have almost never known it. Erica and Michael, I hope you are always surrounded by the warm, kind love that was so evident on your wedding day.
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Others on had to make the day a success;

Flowers - Nancy Dawson of Special Event Florals
Photographer - David Gardner ( I only got his name, but I will add his information here once I get it)
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Gloria - Thanks so much for sending me out with that warm and delicious apple cider. It was wonderful!


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Monica and Joe Exchange Vows at Treyburn Country Club in Durham, Nov. 20, 2010

Monica and Joe are a handsome couple, as you can see here, and they are every bit as nice as they look. It was so much fun being a part of their wedding; everything was beautiful and elegant and they were warm and easy-going through the whole process. That is always a good combination for a happy wedding.

Their romance began many years ago, when they were in the 8th grade. They went to a Valentine’s Dance together and, although life eventually parted them, they met again in 2006 and have been inseparable ever since. Someone had framed this great write-up and photo of that first date. Such a sweet way to begin a romance.




They chose as their wedding location the beautiful Treyburn Country Club in Durham. Weddings are always special there because the setting is so amazing and this particular day, with all the trees glowing in their autumn splendor, it was even more gorgeous than usual.


The day couldn’t have been more beautiful for Monica and Joe. Here are the arbor where we stood for the wedding, the sun glowing on the back of the clubhouse and the sun shining on the walkway where we all entered for the ceremony. Everything was glowing that day, including Monica and Joe.











The Special Events Coordinator at Treyburn is Lauren Barry, who was so very kind, patient and friendly. She was a joy to work with and Monica and Joe both commented to me about how great she was for them.


The flowers for the whole event were provided by Flowers by Gary and they were just perfect for the day.


 Monica added a special touch to her bouquet by attaching her grandmother’s brooch.



While we waited for the wedding to begin, Joe was chatting with the ladies of the Bridal Party and I couldn’t resist getting a cute photo.


The simple, elegant cake was provided by Cinda Putnam of Cinda’s Creative Cakes. Everything she creates is beautiful.


The wonderful DJ for the day was Randy Bennett of Joe Bunn DJ Company. I always love working with Randy. He is quiet and unassuming, has the couple’s best interests at heart and always knows how to keep things moving along with just the right style. First class all the way.
Monica and Joe, may you have many happy Valentine dances together and may those beaming smiles on your wedding day remain forever on your faces and in your hearts.


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