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Dana and Cody Celebrate Love at Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina

Did you ever have the feeling that the timing in your life was just a bit off? That certainly happened to Dana and Cody when, after only having been dating for two weeks, Cody moved from Ohio to North Carolina to take a teaching job. Dana had to remain behind to begin her pharmacy rotations the next year and it would be three years before she was able to move down here, too. Long distance relationships are so hard to maintain, especially with crazy, busy schedules, but they did it, and we celebrated their strong love for each other and their families at Highgrove Estate amidst love and happiness galore.

Highgrove Estate has been doing some wonderful renovations in the last few years and the latest addition is the new lattice gazebo on the patio. Dana and Cody’s wedding was the first one to be able to use this beautiful structure and what a marvelous space it creates, with all the dappled sunlight patterns. Angela, one of the in-house wedding planners, was at the helm for this wedding and she made sure everything was perfect. She is always such a kind, caring professional!

When Dana and Cody arrived at my house for us to create their ceremony, Cody was on crutches but told me he was sure he would be fine by the wedding - just 5 short weeks away. I was apprehensive for him, but sure enough, he was walking on two feet to escort his glowing bride down the aisle on their wedding day.

A nicer couple you could never meet. Their deep love for each other was evident in everything they did and their love for their families was very touching. They included this loving tribute to the family members who had passed on

and they also surprised their mothers with roses as they exited out the aisle as husband and wife. Flowers to the mothers is always such a tender moment, even more so if the moms do not know it is coming. It makes them cry every time.

On the same table as the memoriam were photos of the happy couple and a cute guest book with some really great photos of them inside. Very nice. Kudos to the photographer.

There was no shortage of elegance here, with a bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure. The guest favors were lottery tickets - hope at least some of the guests got a lucky one!

And the Bride and Groom champagne flutes were just adorable. Don’t know who made them but they were perfect.

Dana has excellent taste.The tables had unique centerpieces by Flowers on Broad Street and they all added to the charm of the magnificent ballroom. With accents of deep, rich purple and sparkling crystal and silver, it was just stunning.

The place cards were elegant 

and the wedding cake was exquisite in its simplicity. Unfortunately my photo of the cake does not do it the justice it deserves to show off all the intricate piping on the sides. 

Their photographer was the talented Rusty Worden of Rocker Down Studios, shown here as he is directing everyone for the family photos after the ceremony.

The DJ was Jason of Island Sound and Video. Cody and I entered to a piano rendition of the Leonard Cohen song, “Hallelujah,” which is one of my all-time favorite songs and the first time I had ever heard it played at a wedding. Great choice!

After the ceremony, I happened upon Cody and his grandmother hugging in the sun room and it touched my heart.

Dana and Cody, I am so happy for you that you remained together despite the long separation. You have started your marriage with a very deep love and that is always an auspicious beginning. 


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