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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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Affordable Wedding Planning Workshop for Do-It-Yourself Brides, Created by Bliss by Sam



What girl doesn’t dream of that fairy tale wedding with birds flying overhead, bells ringing and cheering crowds everywhere while you ride off in a beautiful carriage with your wonderful Prince Charming. (Cue the romantic music.) Disney makes it all look so easy, don’t they.

But the effort behind that fairy tale wedding is much more involved than giggles and songs. It takes planning and skill, patience and luck and, of course, money to create that magic. It also takes a lot of time and attention to detail and many hours stressing that it won’t be as perfect as you want it to be. aaah!


As people try to stretch their hard-earned dollars to create the wedding of their dreams, they are cutting back on many things they might not have a few years ago. Often that means taking on the planning of your wedding yourself while you hold down a full-time job or further your education. You might even have children to take care of as you do all of this. Talk about multi-tasking!

Bliss by Sam to the rescue! They have devised a way to save your money and your sanity by creating what they call Rachel’s Do-It-Yourself Wedding Planning Bootcamp. Bliss by Sam is a local wedding and event planning agency with huge talent and an eye to helping others achieve their wedding dreams. I’ve worked with them many times over the years and have always been impressed with their personalities and their work. And now they’ve come up with this idea. I am impressed again.

Here are some of the topics they’ll cover at the Bootcamp (workshop);
  • the budget 
  • the guest list
  • location selection
  • timelines
  • etiquette
  • event design
  • choosing wedding professionals who are right for you
  • how to save time and money and produce great results
  • how to deal with difficult family or friends

All the workshop materials will go home with you to use in your own planning. With a delicious lunch and a tour of The Carolina Inn included, you’ve got the makings for a very productive day. An added bonus is that they have put this all together for a VERY reasonable cost to you. You owe it to yourself to check it out.


Rachel’s Do-It-Yourself Wedding Planning Bootcamp
March 12, 2011 
9:30 am  - 4 pm
The Carolina Inn
 Chapel Hill


If I was planning a wedding on my own you would certainly see me there. Have a great time!

Virginia and Gary Exchange Vows at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary


Virginia and Gary kept running into each other for years before their relationship blossomed. Obviously the timing just wasn’t right but once it was, theirs was a most interesting relationship that took place on both coasts. With Gary’s December 2010 retirement, they are now living here in Cary and get to be under the same roof at last. At some point in the process Virginia witnessed a double rainbow - a sure sign of double luck and hope - so great times are ahead for sure!

They wanted a small, elegant wedding with an intimate setting and chose The Umstead Hotel and Spa as their location. The ceremony and cocktail hour took place in the very private Cedar Room and was followed by a special dinner at Herons, the wonderful restaurant at the hotel. Everything was handled perfectly (as always) by Ami Wheeler, the hotel’s Social Catering Manager.

Most of their guests came in from out of town to help them celebrate and it was fun meeting and chatting with them all. One of the things I learned was that Virginia’s daughter loves ballroom dancing and I was able to tell her about a very nice ballroom in our area. Hope she gets a chance to go out and enjoy it.













Their musicians for the ceremony and cocktail hour were the incomparable Arioso Strings. The violin and cello music filled up that room and provided the perfect backdrop for the emotions of love and friendship shared between everyone. 


Their photographer was Kevin Milz and I could tell from watching him work that there are going to be some great photos. Can’t wait to see them when they are posted online! Here’s a photo of Kevin that I took. He’s a very nice man and a highly skilled photographer - always a great combination.


The lovely bouquets were provided by the talented Steven Taras of The Watered Garden. He does all the floral decorations at The Umstead and his artistry is always on display. I love his work. Unfortunately my photo of Virginia and her bouquet do not do either of them justice, but surely Kevin will have some nice photos with his pics.


Virginia and Gary, I want to thank you again for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful time in your life. And Gary, I will always remember with fondness that charming little pat on the fanny that you gave Virginia right after your first kiss as husband and wife. It was so husbandly and human and it spoke volumes about the friendly, honest relationship you have together. It makes my heart smile every time I think of it.



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Wedding Ministers from the Viewpoint of Photographer Craig Carpenter of Luster Studios


I am always telling wedding couples that we are very lucky to have such a talented and genuinely caring group of wedding professionals in our area. Weddings do not take place in a vacuum. To put together a wedding, whether large or small, requires a group effort on the part of everyone involved; the couple, the parents, the wedding planners, the minister, the DJ, the musicians, the photographer, the cake baker, the florist, the hair and make-up artist, the venue and its staff... the list is seemingly endless.

As a wedding professional, not only do you get to be a part of such a special day in the life of the couple and their families, but you also get to establish warm friendships with and admiration for many of those with whom you work repeatedly. One such professional whose work I greatly admire is the very kind and thoughtful photographer, Craig Carpenter of Luster Studios. Craig took all the photos here and is the reason for this blog post.

Shown with me in the photos are Rev. Kayelily Middleton in violet and Rev. Robin Renteria in white. All three of us are wedding ministers who met through the local wedding industry and formed a great friendship. I enjoy their friendships immensely and turn to them whenever I need wise advice. I also trust their professional instincts and caring natures and always refer them to wedding couples when I am not available for their weddings. Kayelily and Robin refer me as well and we all know the others will provide an excellent service to the couple.


Imagine our great surprise and delight when Craig approached us to ask our permission to do a blog post about us and to include a photo shoot. A photo shoot for ministers?! Wow. That had never happened for any of us before. We were completely flattered to be asked and upon reading his blog post and seeing the photos, we were also deeply touched. (Thanks so much, Craig.)

He wrote an insightful article about wedding ministers from a photographers’s viewpoint and mentioned some things I had never thought about before. It was good to gain a broader perspective and to have another professional mention that it really does take everyone to make a wedding perfect.

For the photographs, he caringly took the time to make us all look pretty, despite our being nervous about having our photos taken. (You cannot see that nervousness in the photos. Wedding couples must love that he can do that for them!) I hope you will take the time to go read his post and look around his website and galleries. You, too, will see the craftsmanship and the eye for detail that he brings to his work. They are part of what make him so successful as a photographer.

I’ll close this post with this wonderful photo of Kayelily, Robin and me that perfectly captures the feel of our friendship. It is a truly gifted photographer who can catch such intangible things so well.



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Sherry and Mark Marry on Mark’s Birthday, January 9, 2011, at Caffé Luna in Raleigh

Because of timing, it worked out that Sherry and Mark were planning to marry on Mark’s birthday. They gathered with their family and friends at Caffé Luna in Raleigh, a wonderful wedding location, full of bright, cheery light. And perfect for this happy wedding celebration.

Their daughters were their bridal party and held the rings for them during the vows. As the girls entered, they lit candles for their parents to combine later in a Family Unity Candle ceremony. This is always a nice touch to include in a wedding and even more so when there are children of any age. Families are about love and it was certainly in evidence here.


The wedding took place in the front portion of the Caffé Luna and the tables were set up in the next room, waiting for the guests. Sherry and Mark had chosen lovely silver and cobalt accents for the table centerpieces. I loved the “Bluebirds of Happiness.”



The favors at each place setting were porcelain bird salt and pepper shakers - a very unexpected and useful gift with a sweet message on the box.


The DJ for the event was Eric Hodgden of All Around Raleigh DJ Company. He was very nice to work with, had a great song repertoire and a winning smile. He also did extra duty on some last minute maintenance work for Mark’s suit. I’ll be looking forward to working with him again.

Before the wedding began, Mark was getting nervous because the cake had not arrived. Little did he know that the cake was there, just hidden in the back to be brought out during the reception. The reason? Instead of a wedding cake, Sherry wanted to surprise him with a birthday cake, made by her friend.  I was so sorry I wasn’t able to stay and see his face when he saw it. Before I left, I was able to get a quick shot of it - not yet fully decorated - as it sat in the box waiting for its presenation. 


Sherry and Mark, as I watched your faces while you said your vows, your feelings for each other were glowing in your eyes and your smiles. I hope those smiles remain in your lives forever. Thank you for including me at your very sweet and happy wedding.


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Jennie and Eddie Christen Their Son, Henry, December 26, 2010

I married Jennie and Eddie in a beautiful, elegant ceremony in August 2008 and a few months ago they called me for the christening of their son, Henry. This is such a special time in their lives and how happy I was to be asked to share in it with them.

The ceremony was to be held in their home the day after Christmas to take advantage of all their family being in town. But on Christmas night we had a big snowstorm so we all waited to see how much snow we would get and how clear the roads were going to be. In the end, we got 7” of snow and although the roads weren’t clear, my little all wheel drive car managed to get me there and back. And how beautiful was the drive! Everything was white and pristine, covered in a clean and sparkling blanket of snow. It struck me as I was driving there what a perfect symbolism this was for a christening.

Little Henry was quite the charmer! And such huge eyes like his mama. It was great to see everyone again and very touching to see them all interacting with Henry. I particularly enjoyed watching Jennie and Eddie as parents. They are both naturals and Henry is going to have a great life growing up with them.

After the ceremony, there was a lot of food because most of their guests were snowed in and could not make the drive so we all indulged ourselves with the delicious food, great conversations and taking photos of ourselves with Henry, our little man of the hour. It was a fun way to celebrate the newest member of the family and you could tell everyone was having a wonderful time.

Jennie’s sister, Kate, was the Godmother.


Here is all the family together. Quite a handsome bunch, wouldn’t you say. You can sure see where Henry’s good looks come from!


And of course, here I am with little Henry. He’s a solid, adorable little guy and was certainly enjoying all the extra attention. I was smitten with him immediately.


Jennie and Eddie, thank you so much for allowing me to participate in the next phase of your life together. It was a real treat for me to meet Henry and to be a part of his welcome to the world. I can’t wait to meet all your children in the years to come!


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Happy New Year - Welcome 2011!


It is always exciting to enter a threshold to new beginnings. May this new year bring you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous and amazing 365 days.

Sincerely

Rev. Barbara Lodge


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