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Stephanie, Chuck and Brooke Become an Official Family in a Sweet Wedding Ceremony

For Stephanie and Chuck, it is all about their love and support for each other and their becoming a family with Stephanie’s daughter, Brooke. This thoughtful wedding was to be about the mutual love that surrounds and supports them all and they did so many sweet things to let everyone know how happy they were that their guests could come and share such a special day with them.

For starters, they had goodie bags for all the children so they would have something special for themselves and it wouldn’t be all about just the adults.

 There were colorful tissues on each seat when the guests arrived and I saw more than a few people taking advantage of them during the ceremony - and not just the ladies, either.

Those family members who had already passed on were prominently remembered with photos and memorial candles that the guests could see immediately when they entered. Another way they were honored was that, in lieu of guest favors, Stephanie and Chuck had made a donation to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Their wonderfully different programs had a wedding crossword puzzle on the back that they had cleverly created. “Across” and “Down” were built upon things like the following;

Groom’s favorite sports team
2012 vacation destination with Brooke
Honeymoon cruise line
Bride’s eye color
Groom’s middle name
Bride’s alum university
Grade Brooke is in school

There were 17 questions and at the bottom of the program, under the crossword puzzle, a note said the answer key was to be displayed at the reception. I’ll bet more than a few people took their programs over there to see how they had done!

During the ceremony, Brooke was included all the way through. She was the Flower Girl, she invited everyone to stand as her mother entered down the aisle (and she wielded that mic with some real maturity and presence!), she had a candle of her own for the Family Unity Candle Ceremony,

and in a special presentation to her, Stephanie and Chuck gave her a ring and necklace to commemorate the happy day they all were married. Playing in the background was the Keith Urban song, Making Memories of Us, and it was all I could do to keep from getting so choked up I wouldn’t be able to continue the ceremony.

This trio love each other dearly and Brooke had been saying for months that after the wedding she was going to be able to call Chuck, “Stepdad.” That was a big thing to her and it was touching to see her calling him Stepdad right after the ceremony. Knowing how important that was to all three of them, it couldn’t help but melt your heart when you heard it. Included in the program was a beautiful poem Stephanie and Chuck had written to Brooke and they had signed it, “All Our Love, Your Mommy and Stepdad.”

 Brooke was clearly excited about everything and she was totally captivated by the ceremony. I love these photos showing her looking and listening so intently during the ceremony and speaking animatedly with her Great-Grandmother. She was just adorable.


Others on hand to help make the day such a happy event for Stephanie and Chuck;

Wedding Planner - Nicole McMillan - Premiere Party Planners
DJ - Steve Lillmars - Complete Music and Video
Wedding Location - Chef’s Palette Restaurant and Bar in Cary

Stephanie and Chuck, I know you are going to have the most wonderful life, loving each other, having each other’s backs, and raising your charming little Brooke. I’ll be watching your Facebook page for all the photos and updates on your life. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the official beginning of your family.


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