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Becky and Jeff Marry at Historic Crenshaw Hall Surrounded by Omens of Love and Luck

Becky and Jeff had a halting start to their relationship. Friends set them up and on their first date but there wasn’t a lot of talking. Hmm. A couple of months later they went to a Journey concert but still not a lot of talking going on so they figured it wasn’t a good fit. Luckily for them both, Jeff looked her up again a year later and asked her out. She said yes and they have been together ever since.

The wedding day was expected to be rainy, as it had been for the rehearsal, so everyone was enlisted to visualize the  wedding day as sunny - preferably with a slight breeze, thank you very much. Well, all those prayers and visualizations worked in spades for there were positive omens everywhere you looked on the wedding day.

Talking with the radiant Bride before the ceremony began, she told me TWO four-leaf clovers had been found out in the grass by a nephew and one of them she had tucked into a lily in her beautiful bouquet. I thought that was rather impressive and got a shot of it right then and there.

Although there was no rain, the sky was definitely overcast but, as we were all so thankful there was no rain, that was fine with us. However, as I began talking about Becky and Jeff in the Address portion of the ceremony, the sun came out and shined directly on all of us, but especially on Becky and Jeff. It was remarkable. Becky’s veil was glowing in the sunshine, making it look like she had a halo around her head. It made their vows even more poignant.

When the ceremony was over and I was walking over to chat with Becky and Jeff before their photos began, I saw four bald eagles flying overhead. Not only do you seldom see a bald eagle, but four together? HIGHLY unusual. Among other very positive attributes, eagles are ancient symbols of spiritual protection, wisdom, courage, strength, great power, balance, dignity with grace. How appropriate for this special couple who are all about love for each other and their families.

I would say that with all the prayers and best wishes going up from all of us for that wedding, The Universe was stepping in to answer all of them. Becky and Jeff are sure to have an incredible life to come!

The ceremony was held at the lovely Historic Crenshaw Hall in Wake Forest. Nestled out in the countryside and off the beaten path, it is a lovely wedding and reception location, adaptable for large or small groups. Christie Fernandez is the Owner and Manager and she knows exactly how to use this charming venue to best effect. It was great working with her and getting to see how she works. She is very efficient.

Here is the intimate wedding garden.

 And the huge terrace beside the house, perfect for the cocktail hour and dancing under the stars later. A tent was set up in case of rain which, luckily, was not necessary in the end.

Also on hand to help Becky and Jeff create their wonderful day was Courtney Scholl of Parties by Bash. With two such capable ladies, there was no chance of anything going wrong at all. And besides, luck was completely on the side of Becky and Jeff.

The musicians were Scott Laird on violin, Elena Evans on flute and Jamie Walker on cello (hope to have Jamie’s contact link soon). Their music was superb and fit beautifully with the feel of the celebration and the environment itself.

Sitting on a china cabinet inside the Hall was this little sign with a great saying, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” With everything I saw in action for this wedding, I would say this is the most perfect decoration they could have had - besides their love, Mother Nature and The Universe, of course.

Becky and Jeff, may all your amazing omens of love and luck remain as abundant in your life to come as they were on your wedding day!


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