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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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Maureen and John Surprise Their Guests When a Housewarming Turns Into a Wedding, April 2, 2011

Everyone thought they were coming to celebrate Maureen and John’s lovely new home in Cary but little did they know what a momentous occasion this was going to turn out to be.

I had been contacted by John a couple of weeks before the appointed day and we put together all the necessary arrangements so I could arrive right before they made the announcement to their guests. But I guess Maureen and John just couldn’t contain themselves any longer and when I arrived someone opened the door and said, “And here’s the preacher!” so I knew they had already told the plans.

You can imagine the excitement level in the house as we waited for Maureen and John to get their children and grandchildren ready for the ceremony. None of them had known they were to be in a wedding so of course there were thousands of questions about what their part in the ceremony was to be... not to mention all the happy guests coming up to me to chat about what a great couple Maureen and John are and what a surprise this was and wasn’t it great. A woman with a beautiful voice even volunteered to sing for the wedding processional. It was all done on the fly and it touched my heart completely.

John calls Maureen “Betty Boop” and his grandkids call him “Hip” so we used those names in the ceremony, except for the vows. You could tell the guests loved this and the grandchildren giggled whenever they heard me say, “Hip.” Very cute.

John had somehow found a Betty Boop doll in a wedding dress and, as we were to stand in front of the fireplace for the wedding, we placed her on the mantle as a unique wedding decoration. It was a perfect addition!


For those of you too young to know about Betty Boop - or if you are just curious - here is a Wikipedia link with lots of good information. She was a cartoon creation of the 1930s whose fame was reignited in the 1950s when TV was in its infancy. All the old movie cartoons found their way onto early TV and that’s how I became familiar with her. This is the first time she’s ever been at a wedding I’ve done, though, and there were many of us at the ceremony old enough to remember Betty Boop fondly.

After the ceremony there were more rounds of hugs and kisses and much joviality. I got a couple of shots of the happy couple and this one always makes my heart smile. Notice the fingers behind their heads, courtesy of John’s son. Yep, families are families no matter what the occasion and kids will certainly be kids.


Maureen and John, you created a memorable ceremony. With your family standing with you and your friends encircling you, there was so much love all around you. What a happy start to what is sure to be a very special life to come. May you have many, many happy years together. 

And, as Betty Boop herself would say, “Boop boop ee doop!”



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2 comments:

Mary Page Block said...

How fun! What a wonderful story and surprising day for their friends and family!
Mary Block - Arioso Strings

Rev. Barbara Lodge said...

Thanks, Mary. It was a very happy day and the excitement was so much fun. Don’t you just love the beaming faces on the newlyweds!