Chris and Michelle met when they both attended the same college, as did Michelle’s older brother. Chris was Michelle’s brother’s roommate and Chris says the first time he ever saw Michelle he was watching through a window as she was yelling at her brother. Not the most auspicious of starts to a relationship, but he was soon to learn about Michelle’s many strengths and as they got to know each other better, eventually their friendship flowered into something deeper. This has turned into a very good match indeed.
Michelle and Chris wanted their ceremony to reflect their relationship with each other and I wrote it based on what they had told me about themselves. To them, love and marriage are about real partnership and commitment. Those themes ran throughout the ceremony and are sure to be a powerful foundation in their life to come.
The wedding day was extremely hot but luckily Michelle and Chris had chosen to have their ceremony indoors in the light, airy and air-conditioned interior of the Caffé Luna in Raleigh. They are such a lovely couple and this bright and cheery setting for their happy wedding was perfect for them.
The photographers for the event were the husband and wife team of Sarah and Josh Barnett of Carolina MediaStar. All of the photos used in this post are by them and you can see more of their skills on display on their website and blog. Thanks, Sarah and Josh, for allowing me to use your photos here.
There was a sweet resonance throughout the room during the wedding and Sarah and Josh have captured it beautifully in their photos. I love photos that catch the heart as well as the activities of the day and you can definitely see all the love on display in these photos.
Notice the way they are looking at each other in this photo.
This is one of my favorites. Proud grandparents always touch my heart.
After the ceremony, Michelle, Chris and the Bridal Party headed outside for some photos in the park across the street and in some of the urban environs nearby. Despite the heat, everyone was still glowing all day.
Back inside Caffé Luna, the guests were enjoying the hors d’oeuvres and the cool air and awaiting the bridal couple’s return from the photos.
This beautiful wedding cake was created by Once in a Blue Moon Bakery and Cafe in Cary.
Other wedding professionals on hand to make Michelle and Chris’ wedding day so special;
DJ - Phil Crowson of A+ DJ Services
Flowers - North Raleigh Florist
Michelle and Chris, you are a great team and your partnership is sure to provide lots of fun, laughter and creative problem-solving. I can see you in my mind’s eye, forever holding hands and facing the world together. Your happy, glowing faces will be with me always.