The Museum of Life and Science.
I have done weddings there before at the Butterfly House but never within the main building so what a treat it was for me, being the space and weather geek that I am.
Kelly Taylor is the Rentals Manager at the museum and she knew just how to use the building to best effect. It was a joy working with her and I will be looking forward to her friendly efficiency again. She has a wedding show planned for later this month - Feb 24, 2013 - Love & Science - A Wedding Expo. If you are looking for a unique wedding setting, I can highly recommend you contact Kelly and/or go visit the Expo and see for yourself.
For the ceremony, Emily and Eric honored their grandparents who could not be with us, wrote wonderful vows to each other, chose some fun poems to include by Ogden Nash and Wendell Berry and did a Blending of the Sands ceremony with colors that picked up their decorative elements of the greens and browns of nature.
They also made some very large paper flowers for the two little Flower Girls to carry in and those little girls were so proud of those flowers that they did not want to part with them after the ceremony!
Their Ring Bearer had the title of “#1 Ring Bearer in the Galaxy” (think Saturn and its rings).
Something very touching they did was the announcement they placed in their programs about a candle they had lit on the table with the Sand Ceremony. In other ceremonies this might have represented those who had passed, but here it was in honor of all their friends who are not yet allowed to marry in most of our nation. It was such a caring thing to do and certainly indicative of who Emily and Eric are as people and as a couple.
After the ceremony was over, the guests moved to the lobby for refreshments. It was cute how one of the bars was set up in front of the gift shop, with toy dinosaurs for sale in the background.
The tables were set up in another room that normally holds children’s activities but that night it was cleared away for tables.
More tables were set up in the Weather area...
and another bar was set up back in the NASA area, across from a Mercury capsule. The capsule display shows how the heat shield deflected the heat during reentry. Is that cool, or what?!
Here are some of the other exhibits in the NASA area...
including this one of amphibian skulls. (Not sure why it was placed there, but it was neat all the same.)
The cake was created by Veronica Yoshida of Southern Gold Leaf Cakes and the design pattern picked up the beading on Emily’s dress. Very clever.
Others on hand to help make this wedding so special;
Caterer - Geri Siebert of Bon Vivant Catering and Event Productions
Photos - Perry Vaile Photography
Flowers and Plants - Catherine Gill, a friend of the Maid of Honor
Back out in the lobby there was a guest book sitting beside some really special Hershey kisses;
And over where the buffet was set up, I saw this great sign. Proof - yet again - that Emily and Eric had thought of everyone.
Have fun in your travels, Emily and Eric. I hope you make it back to Durham one of these days, but even if you cannot, I know your life together is going to be one fun ride no matter where it takes you.
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