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Kate and Angel Wed at Het Landhuis in Pittsboro - Celebrating Love, Life, Family and Friends

It was a glorious day for a wedding; not a cloud in the sky, bright blue above us, green fields surrounding us, and immersed in the bounty of lush Mother Nature, the wedding took place in the beautiful outdoor chapel of Het Landhuis Estate. My grandmother always used to say that God’s first temples were the trees, and how she would have loved the soft serenity of this setting.

The owner of Het Landhuis is a skilled iron artisan and his handiwork is in evidence all over the farm, including this wonderful open-air chapel, with the filigree iron ceiling that allows all the beauty of Nature to create its own enclosure. It was beautiful, spiritual, simple and lovely. I can see why Kate and Angel chose this marvelous location and I hope to be able to do many more weddings here in the future. The dappled sunlight coming through the trees was magical and completely matched the love in that day.

Angel is Bulgarian and this wedding celebrated his heritage in fun ways, starting with the aprons of the Flower Girls and the vest and shirt of the Sign Bearer, all of which were handmade by Angel’s mom and brought with her when she came from Bulgaria for the wedding.

During the ceremony, before the Bride and Groom go back out the aisle, a Bulgarian custom is for the mother of the groom to pour water from a traditional copper pitcher onto the ground in front of the newlyweds. This signifies a blessing of the couple so their life together will flow smoothly - like water. Angel’s mother brought a traditional copper pot with her just for this purpose and here you can see her holding it proudly after the ceremony.

The wedding cake, created by Edible Art Bakery, had a Bride and Groom in traditional Bulgarian wedding clothes as a topper.

For the ceremony, both Angel and Kate were escorted in by their parents. First Angel...

and then Kate, by both her dads.

There was so much love here. Look at it beaming out of their faces…

showing up in their hands during the ceremony...

and when the rings went on.

It was a real joy to pronounce them husband and wife.

Love was in all the photos taken that day - here is the happy couple with their Bridal Party.

And speaking of the photos, most of those used in this post were taken by Annemie Tonken of Megapixie Photography. She is such a major talent and I am so pleased she has graciously allowed the use of her amazing photos here. She caught the feel of the day just perfectly! (Thanks, Annemie!)

Annemie wrote a blog post about this wedding, too, and you should definitely treat yourself and head over there to read her post and enjoy her beautiful photos. You will be VERY glad you did!

After the wedding, the guests moved over to the pool area by the pond and Kate and Angel went for some photos on the expansive grounds. Here are some of my favs;

Kate and Angel had some fun accents for the celebration, like the flower pots they painted with a paint people could write on with chalk - bet there were some fun things to read there!

Gorgeous  fans were provided for the southern heat...

and snow cones with flavors for the kids and adults!

The guest book was a fingerprint tree.

Dancing began later in the night and sparklers came out at the end. 

 Our wedding planner for the event was Stephanie Cisco of Viva L’Event, assisted by Jamie Martin and Jacklin Williamson. Stephanie, Jamie and Jacklin were all over the place, making sure things went off as planned and that Kate and Angel were well provided for. Stephanie is a consummate professional and a fun person to know. I love working with her! Here she is with Kate’s mom - Stephanie is the one in pink.

Stephanie also wrote a blog post about this wedding that she entitled, “Natural Love.” What a perfect name.

Others on hand to make this wedding so special for Kate and Angel;

Videographer - F8 in motion
Snow Cones - Pelican’s SnowBalls

There are so many special things about Het Landhuis that I am going to have to write a blog post about them just to cover them all, but one of my favorite things they do is to lay a personalized brick in the ground for all the weddings done on their site. It is fun walking around and finding the bricks all over. They already had one completed for Kate and Angel. I just love this!

 Kate and Angel, it was so much fun getting to know you, writing your beautiful ceremony and meeting your family and friends. I hope that the water blessing from your wedding will indeed make your life flow smoothly and that your life will be as sweet as those snow cones.


UPDATE - This wedding is featured on the blog of our local premiere wedding magazine, Southern Bride and Groom - quite an honor for Kate and Angel and everyone involved with this wedding! Here is a link to the blog post - enjoy reading it and seeing more wedding photos.


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Some Interesting Wedding Traditions from Around the World

Here in America we have some great wedding traditions and it has been fun to watch and participate as new traditions are created and the old standards evolve. 

Today I received this cute infographic from  and thought I would share it with you. It shows some fun wedding traditions from Columbia, South Africa, Italy, Ukraine, Japan and Norway… some of which you may even want to incorporate into your own wedding!


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Christina and Carl Marry with a Happy Ceremony at The Arrowhead Inn in Durham

Christina and Carl live in Korea, where they both teach English, but of course their families do not live there, so they came back stateside to marry here and celebrate with those they hold most dear. And celebrate they did, with such a happy family gathering.

They chose as their setting the wonderful Arrowhead Inn, a cute little Bed and Breakfast in Durham, NC that is a favorite of mine for small, intimate weddings. Not only are the innkeepers, Gloria and Phil, the most charming couple, but they have taken an old manor house and turned it into an oasis of style, grace and unexpected eclectic artwork. You can stay in a rustic log cabin or a cute little cottage, all surrounded by luxurious gardens. With a beautiful wedding pergola sitting in an expanse of lush green lawn in the back, the charm of this little gem is complete.

All of the photos used in this post were generously provided by Christina and Carl’s very talented photographer, Kathleen Pace, owner of Amelya Jayne Photography. I have worked with Kathleen before on weddings and am always impressed with her work. It is easy to see why Christina and Carl chose her - these are the best photos taken at the Arrowhead Inn that I have ever seen and I am so happy to showcase them here. They really catch the charm and style of the place, which totally matches the charm and style and this happy-hearted wedding couple.

Christina’s sister, Jennifer, was our “Director” for the day and helped keep things flowing properly. Her adorable daughter was the Flower Girl Extraodinaire, who was very excited to play a part in her aunt’s wedding. So with a High Five, it was time to get things started.

Christina and the Flower Girl waited on the side...

while Jennifer led Carl and me from the cabin toward the pergola.

Our intrepid little Flower Girl took her placement of the petals along the path so C..A..R..E..F..U..L..L..Y that we all got a chuckle watching it transpire at turtle speed. Each petal had to be placed just so - and some were moved so they would sit in perfection.

I love how Kathleen caught all the smiles on our faces, 

especially the proud parents (in the front below).

Eventually Christina took her hand and they sped up a bit along the path.

They finally made it, with the guests chuckling all the while. You can see here the little Flower Girl had no idea why everyone was laughing.

Notice the little pink bag hanging from Flower Girl’s wrist above - that was the lovely ring bag that matched Christina’s beautiful bouquet. (A bouquet is included in the wedding package offered by the Arrowhead Inn.)

I think their wedding day was one of the hottest in the year - and in this summer of hot, muggy, Florida-style weather, that is saying something! Luckily, the musicians could sit in the shade of the pergola so their instruments could stay in tune…

and Christina had a hankie to help wipe off poor Carl’s face in that heat. Those suits are hot in the summer!

With this happy couple, there were many funny moments in the ceremony. I love it when those happen - they add an intimacy that includes the guests.

 The wedding kiss!

After the ceremony, the musicians and guests moved to the cooling shade of the patio behind the manor house, while Christina and Carl went with Kathleen for photos.

Here are some of their terrific photos, starting with the inside of the cabin (where they stayed).

On the steps of the cabin...

and the front porch of the manor house.

Of course it would not have been their wedding photos without some fun-filled shots - here is one on the back patio, after the guests had gone inside for the reception.

Christina and Carl, I will always be glad you chose to work with me for your wonderful wedding. Your life together is sure to be a fun adventure - this photo says it all. 


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