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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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Stephanie and Ted Have a Fun Wedding at The Oaks at Salem in Apex


The wedding of Stephanie and Ted was very special and I loved being a part of it. Just like them, it was simple, unassuming, creative and a LOT of fun. 

Unfortunately for me, I never got to see any of the photos from their wedding but as luck would have it, their talented photographer, Kevin Milz, of Kevin Milz Photography, had submitted photos of the wedding to the Southern Bride and Groom Blog and his work was recently featured in a post there. (Thanks for sending me the link, Southern Bride & Groom!) All of the photos here are by Kevin Milz and taken from the Southern Bride and Groom Blog post as well as from the “Featured Wedding” segment on the website of their wedding planner extroardinaire, Erin McLean, of Erin McLean Events. Be sure to head over to both sites to see more of Kevin’s photos and all the fun things Stephanie and Ted did for their wedding.

Stephanie and Ted married last fall (September 2012) at The Oaks at Salem, a stately manor house outside of Apex. Surrounded on all sides by an immense green yard and sitting adjacent to a small pond with an old, magnificent oak tree, stunning is definitely the word I would use. This was my first wedding there and I was immediately taken with its charm and beauty.
The wedding took place on the far side of the pond, under the oak tree. The vertical whites in the photo below are two antiqued doors standing upright, with ferns all around them, creating the entrance to the aisle. Hanging from the branches of the trees were white and green flowers and red and green apples. Single apples were used as aisle decorations, too. Everything was elegant in its simplicity and a beautiful example of less being more. Mother Nature, in her radiant green, added a most fitting backdrop for this fun and happy wedding.




The doors and hanging flowers and apples later became a great setting for the formal wedding photos. 


Ted is a Naval officer and as I grew up in the Navy, we had some stories to share about our experiences. I have always thought the Navy dress uniforms are one of the best looking of all our armed services so I was very happy to see Ted dressed in his formal whites - so appropriate for his wedding! Love the photo of him with his handsome son.



As the beautiful sounds of the violins of Udo and Emi Hildebrandt - Elegant Violin Duets - wafted through the trees, Stephanie made her way around the pond, escorted by her parents. What a powerful entrance!


At the end of the ceremony, Kevin caught this lovely photo of their wedding kiss. Notice the expression on the face of Ted’s son as he was watching. Very cute.


Remember the apple decorations on the tree and the chairs of the aisle? Apples showed up again very cleverly placed on the tables as decorations, used in water with a candle as centerpieces and as handmade caramel apple favors for the guests. 



























Before the wedding began, I could tell from the camaraderie between Ted and all his arriving guests that things were going to be in high gear for this wedding reception. As I left and the partying music was in quasi-deafening mode, it was obvious this night was going to be one to remember. Weddings should be happy celebrations and this one certainly was - complete with lawn games and their own commemorative bar!




The Bride and Groom enjoyed themselves immensely, having as much fun as everyone else! 




Stephanie and Ted, I know you are going to have a wonderful, happy life together. Wherever your life takes you, there is no doubt you are going to have fun embracing life as it comes. Here is to all the kisses and hugs in your life... even your photographer knows they will be there! 



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Other wedding professionals on hand to help Stephanie and Ted create this special wedding celebration;

Florals - The English Garden of Raleigh
Invitations and Cards - Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique
Hair and Makeup - Makeup For Your Day
Rentals - Party Reflections

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Wil and Brian Celebrate Love and Laughter as They Renew Their Vows at Heat Studios in Raleigh


In July 2012 Wil and Brian, who had been together for many years, decided to formally commit their lives to each other and married in New York. The following month they had a vow renewal ceremony in Raleigh to celebrate with their family and friends in their own home town. I was the lucky minister they chose to create their ceremony with them and what a happy time that was for me. The depth of caring, wit and sincere emotion in their love was reflected in the vows they wrote to each other and none of us there will ever forget it. Many of us were choking back tears from the mix of our laughter and tender feelings. Remarkable.

I never did get to see their photos after the ceremony, unfortunately, but fast forward a few months and I was contacted yesterday by Leah Campbell of Southern Bride & Groom - a premiere wedding magazine here in North Carolina -  telling me that Wil and Brian’s NC vow renewal was being featured in the Southern Bride & Groom blog. Of course I went over there right away to check it out and what a great blog post it is!! It features great photos by Kevin Milz Photography and all the photos here are by Kevin from that same blog post.

During the ceremony, each of their mothers held her son’s wedding ring and Kevin got this photo of the blessing of the rings while the mothers held the rings up to me. I always love the ring blessing moment and for this particular ceremony it was especially poignant.


It was a very special evening in so many ways. Wil and Brian are partners in Blue-17, a successful event design and planning firm that includes travel to exotic locales, so they knew how to make the celebration that followed the ceremony exactly what they wanted. Vegas anyone?



You should definitely treat yourself and head over to the Southern Bride and Groom Blog to check out the rest of this happy story.
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Wil and Brian, I hope your life continues to be full of the love, laughter, friendship and fun that have made your lives so rich. It was an honor to be a part of this next chapter in your love story.


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