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Inna and Ryan Exchange Vows In the Beautiful Opulence of The Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner

I met Inna and Ryan when they were referred to me by good friends of theirs, Meagan and Jeremy, who I had married a few years earlier. (I wrote a blog post about their wedding, too, if you would like to read it. Meagan had an interesting run-in with a bee!) I always love it when I hear from couples that have been referred by family and friends whose weddings I have ministered. It makes it that much more obvious to me how we are all connected in so many unexpected ways.

Most of the photos I will be using here have been graciously provided by Jennifer Haygood of J. B. Haygood Photography. Jennifer is an excellent photographer, as you will see, and I am very grateful to her for the use of her wonderful photos. She has also written a blog post about this wedding, with a lot more of her photos on display, so you should definitely head over there and check out her work for yourself.

I had never been to The Grand Marguise Ballroom in Garner before and as soon as I arrived for the rehearsal it was obvious why Inna and Ryan had chosen it. There is a grand sense of European opulence here. They offer wonderful wedding packages and I was very impressed with everything about this venue. You would never know from its simple exterior what awaited you inside and I can recommend it highly for weddings from medium to very large sizes. Meredith was the in-house wedding planner for Inna and Ryan and it was a joy working with her.

Every wedding couple has their name in lights on the floor of the Grand Ballroom, and it was even lit for the rehearsal - a nice touch.

Opulence is not just reserved for the grand ballroom, with its sweeping staircase. It is everywhere, including the ladies’ dressing room, the light-filled foyer where the guests enter and where we all lined up to enter down the aisle, the unexpected green garden around the building - and even down to the sumptuous bufftet table! Lots of attention to gorgeous detail here.


And speaking of attention to detail, Inna and Ryan were very creative in what they did for their wedding.
dark blue Bridesmaid dresses with white peony bouquets

monogrammed napkins and matches (my photo makes them look purple but they were blue)

Instagram - a fun way to share wedding photos taken by the guests

this wedding pic makes me laugh every time

their beautiful wedding cake with the fun topper - look at all that detail work
(did not get the baker’s name, unfortunately)

A fun dipping kiss at the cake!

 And of course, they had to include the traditional garter and bouquet tosses.

There were many touching moments with family during this wedding. Kudos to Jennifer for capturing so many of them.

A memoriam was set up to loved ones who have passed on.

 a tearful hug from Dad when he escorts Inna to Ryan

So much love and happiness on their faces.

their ring vows...

the wedding kiss... 

and the happy exit as husband and wife

Look at the sweet look between them as I was signing the marriage license - great catch, Jennifer!

Then came the happy celebration, complete with dances with Dad and Mom,

special moments with family throughout the evening - here with a Grandmother and Ring Bearer,

and a video from the family in Russia who could not be there for the wedding...

was followed by a salute at the reception.

There were fun props from the photo booth that everyone enjoyed

and nobody sat it out once the music began.

The music for the ceremony and reception - as well as the photo booth - were provided by Blue Box Weddings, a multi-talented agency for photo, video, DJ and photo booth services. 

There were even some photos of me with Meagan and Jeremy. Meagan was one of the Bridesmaids and it was great to see them again - and to thank them in person for referring me!

And by the way, Meagan and Jeremy are now proud parents of an adorable little boy!

Inna and Ryan, I am so glad I got to be a part of your beautiful wedding and love story. As your futures open up for you, I will be watching your progress in life through your Facebook postings, knowing you are going to have a wonderful life together… it is written all over your faces and in everything you post.


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