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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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Kara and Perry Christen Their Son and Celebrate with a Birthday Party Afterwards


I had married Kara and Perry a few years ago and was so happy when they contacted me for their youngest son’s christening. In the photo above, Kara and Perry are standing in the back with the Godparents around them. Our handsome little man of the hour, in his white tux, is seated on the lap of a Godmother. 

The celebration was going to be a combination family gathering, christening and birthday party and, because I was babysitting my grandchildren that weekend, Kara and Perry invited us all to come and stay for the party. It was great to be a part of such a special time in their lives and we all had tons of fun at the party that followed.

The ceremony was held in their spacious living room. One of my granddaughters was nervous about staying in the playroom with the other children during the ceremony, so Kara and Perry said it was perfectly fine for her to join us. She had never seen her Grandma in a professional capacity before and was mesmerized by the whole thing. That’s her in the pink sweater, standing beside me in the photo below. (Thanks, Kara and Perry, for being so understanding of a young child’s sensibilities.)




After the ceremony, the Godparents signed the Christening Certificate


and I got to meet a lot of the family and friends who had gathered for the christening. Here is Kara’s sister and her cute little son.


Pretty soon it was time for the birthday party and we all moved downstairs to the basement and back yard. Kara and Perry had put together a fun party for all the kids and parents, complete with a bouncy slide, 


artificial snow (I didn’t even know there was such a thing!) - a HUGE hit with the kids 



followed by a delicious meal designed to please kids and adults alike. 

After the meal, everyone made their own s’mores,


indulged in the gummy worm-covered cupcakes


and enjoyed the winter wonderland theme cookies.


While the kids continued to play in the snow and jump in the bouncy slide, I noticed the men were working with a ladder and some cord outside. They were setting up a pinata! Many tried to break it but this young lady was the one who managed to get it open after much perseverance.


Later in the afternoon, there followed a movie for the kids in an alcove of the basement that was set up as a home theater.

Obviously, everyone had a great time and my grandchildren are still talking about how much fun it was!

Thank you, Kara and Perry for including me in the celebration of your growing family and for including my grandchildren at the party. You are every bit the fine people you were when I first met you so many years ago for your wedding and the life you are building for yourselves and your children is wonderful to see.

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Looking for That Special Wedding Favor, Decoration or Accessory?






I love sharing helpful wedding websites and recently stumbled upon one that is a treasure trove of all things decoratively wedding.
From the classic to the new and unexpected, you are sure to find what you are looking for at PriceWiseEvents.com. And their prices are very good, too.

They carry a full array of unique wedding decorations and accessories, guest favors, invitations and stationary, jewelry, bridal party gifts - pretty much anything you might be looking for. Here are a few cute examples I noticed while browsing through their site. You are sure to find many, many more.






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Ten Rules for a Happy Marriage


I found a charming little blog post today by Lara Casey, a woman celebrating her 6th anniversary with her husband and infant daughter. She was reflecting on how they met, married in Vegas, all the great things that have transpired in the last six years, and how unexpectedly prescient a little sheet of “Marriage Rules” they had been given by their wedding chapel had proven to be. 

Lara is the Editor of Southern Weddings Magazine and the rules list above is from her blog post therein. This is such good advice it will never be out of date. 

Congratulations, Lara, Ari and your little Grace. I hope your anniversary was as special as it sounded like it was going to be and that all the years you will have to come will continue to bring you a bounty of treasures. 

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Lydia, Patrick and Gabrielle Become a Family at Flanders Art Gallery in Raleigh

It was a beautiful night in Raleigh and the atmosphere at the Flanders Art Gallery was pumped to the max. There was going to be a celebration here as Lydia and Patrick became husband and wife. Lydia’s daughter was the Flower Girl and she was a big part of the festivities that evening. This wasn’t just a wedding of her mom and Patrick; this was a bonding of three lives into a family.

I had never been to this art gallery before and what a quiet little gem it is. Sitting in an unassuming corner of Raleigh, its simple lines and interesting artwork displays added the perfect touch to the creative decorations of the event. With Lydia an interior designer and Patrick an architect, there was  beautiful attention to detail everywhere you looked.

The colors they chose for their wedding were grey and yellow and with the simple white walls of the gallery surrounding them, it was an exquisite combination.


Their decoration for the wedding itself was elegant simplicity. Hung from the top of the wall, acting as a backdrop for the Candles on a single round table, were round glass votives hanging at various heights on yellow ribbons. It was lovely.

It was important to Lydia and Patrick that we included their families as much as themselves
and to that end they included readings by Patrick’s sisters and a Candle of Remembrance ceremony in honor of their families who had passed on. It was especially poignant that their mothers lit the Candles of Remembrance and I love this shot of the glow on their faces while they were lighting.


Lydia and Patrick wanted to include Gabrielle in the ceremony so they chose to add a Family Medallion ceremony. Patrick got down on one knee to say some sweet words to Gabrielle and then he and Lydia presented her with a lovely necklace to mark the occasion. It was very touching and Gabrielle was showing that necklace to people all the rest of the evening. She was so proud of it.




Their photographer for the evening was Jason Dail of Jason Dail Photography. He is an award-winning photographer (and recently a new dad) and he has kindly offered the use of his photos here. (Thanks, Jason... and congratulations on your new little daughter!)

After the ceremony, Jason took the happy couple and the Bridal Party outside for some fun photos. Jason’s work is so good, it’s no wonder he is an award winner!



While the photos were going on, the rest of us stayed inside and enjoyed the jazz stylings of The St. Ambrose Jazz Mass Quartet. Lydia’s dad plays guitar in this group and he wrote the wedding Recessional music for Lydia’s wedding!

This also gave me a chance to check out all the great decorations, like this wonderful photo of the three of them at the front entrance, also taken by Jason.


Notice this beautiful wooden guest book and the interesting table decorations - all proof that less is indeed more.





The jars on the table are the guest favors - homemade spiced pear jam that is so delicious I am making my jar last as long as I can!


After  dinner it was time for the speeches and the dancing. Gabrielle gave a toast to her mom and Patrick and, although she is only 7, you would have thought just by listening that she was in her 20s. Quite a precocious young lady!

Lydia’s dad did a great toast that referenced Mr. Potato Head as an inside joke and everyone laughed like crazy, especially Patrick.



Lydia and her dad had a great time dancing for the father-daughter dance and Patrick and his mom looked very sweet chatting privately while they danced together.

 









Then the party really took off and the band played while everyone had a great time celebrating the night away.








The wedding and groom cakes were created by Lynn Loomis of Lynn’s Traditions. We have some wonderful bakers in our area but you just cannot beat a cake by Lynn. Not only are they beautiful, but they taste every bit as good as they look - and that seems a rarity with wedding cakes. Here you can see the diversity in the cakes that Lydia and Patrick chose. Patrick thought his cake was a big hoot - and so did everyone else.



Eventually the party had to end, darn it, and Lydia and Patrick made a sparkler exit into a rickshaw provided by Raleigh Rickshaw Company. These rickshaws have become a fun staple of our Raleigh night life and what a fun way to make an exit!





Many happy trails, you guys. It was great fun getting to know you and your daughter and to be a part of the official start of your family. 



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