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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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11 Great Ideas For Entertaining Children at Your Wedding - Compliments of The Knot Blog

photo by Front Room Photography

The Knot sends out a regular newsletter with good wedding ideas on their blog and often their ideas are really super. For instance, the age-old question of how to entertain children so they and their parents can have a great time at your wedding is answered in some very clever ways in this blog post by Bridget Clegg. Her post is reproduced here in its entirety and you can also find it - along with some other great blog posts from The Knot - at this link.  (Some of The Knot album links may open slowly but hang in there if you click on them - there are some great photos showcased.)

Thanks for all your great ideas, Bridget!
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“Even the cutest of flower girls and ring bearers will need some kid-friendly entertainment at the reception. While parents are sipping cocktails, giving toasts and catching up, keep the kids busy with fun activities that make them feel included in the festivities, too. Here are 11 creative ways to pull it off!


Cracker Jack Activity Place Setting

by Amber Engfer Photography

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Kids Only Tent

by Bradeon Photography

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Burlap Kids Activity Kit

by Dominique Attaway
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Disposable Camera Scavenger Hunt

from The Wedding Ring

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DIY Carnival Games

by Victor C. Sizemore Photography

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Activity Suitcases For The Kids Table

photo by Front Room Photography
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Field Day Races for Outdoor Receptions

by Eden Photography

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Children’s Game Centerpieces

by Trent Bailey Photography

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Color Your Own Place Mat

by Lily Glass Photography

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Downloadable Kids Coloring Book 

photo by Chelsea Costa
Download the book here!

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Customized Coloring Book

by Everlasting Images

Tip: Make your own coloring book with photos that represent you and your fiance, your family and your wedding. Use this free site to turn photographs into illustrations that you can download and print for the little ones.”




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Jenni Surprises Paul With a Loving Tribute to His Love and Devotion - Strowd Rose Garden, Chapel Hill

Three years ago this month I had the distinct pleasure of marrying Jenni and Paul in a beautiful ceremony at Fearrington Village. A week ago I had the distinct pleasure of renewing their vows for them at the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden in Chapel Hill (commonly referred to as the Strowd Rose Garden).

Vow renewal ceremonies tend to take place on anniversaries far removed from the original wedding year, but this vow renewal was very different. This was a surprise from the Bride to the Groom for being her White Knight, her champion and her rock. So how did this come to be?

Last summer, Jenni was severely hurt in an accident that resulted in head injuries that took away her abilities to speak and move an arm. She had to pull herself back from that horrific brink and has come amazingly far in only a year. Through it all, Paul was with her every step of the way, even stepping in to help her mother when Jenni’s father passed away shortly after Jenni’s accident. Paul helped run her father’s business enterprises even as he was helping Jenni in her long and arduous recovery. When he committed to love and care for Jenni at their wedding, here was living proof that he had meant every word.

Jenni contacted me shortly before her last surgery and asked if I could be a part of her surprise to Paul - if, of course, she still could speak well after the surgery. When she told me what she wanted to do I was deeply touched and promised her I would help her with her tribute to her loving, caring husband. The surgery went well and once she had recovered enough to drive, we met to plan the ceremony.

We used the same ceremony text as their wedding, with a few minor changes - one of which was that Jenni planned to write new vows that reflected her love, admiration and appreciation for Paul, in light of all they had been through. Because her speech was still slightly impaired, she worked diligently at her speech therapy classes before the ceremony to be able to speak her vows properly. It was all I could do not to cry as I watched her speak those vows to Paul during the ceremony, and even as I write now, the tears well up in my throat and eyes.

One of the readers from the wedding was their friend, Eva, shown here on the left. We were all hiding in the rose bushes so Paul would not see us as they walked up toward the pergola. Paul had proposed to Jenni here and that was the reason for the ceremony to take place amidst all the beautiful roses. It was also the ruse for getting him to the garden in the first place. The casual clothes? Had Jenni dressed up to go to the park, that would have signalled to Paul that something was up, so this was a blue jean, dressed down wedding - but love filled the air around us all the same.

Eva brought a bouquet for Jenni (shown above) and also did the same Pablo Neruda reading she had done at their wedding. We mentioned Jenni’s dad during the ceremony and had a photo tribute to him sitting on the bench of the pergola. There was also a photo of their beloved dog, who had passed since their wedding. Love is at the core of us all and those they love were included that day.

After the ceremony, we all took photos of ourselves and celebrated Jenni, Paul, love, friendship, life and joy. In the photo to the right, Jenni and Paul are with their parents.  Jenni’s mom is holding a photo of Jenni’s dad so he would be included. It was so touching they thought of doing that.

The opening of a flower - particularly a rose - has long been a symbol of the opening of the human heart. It seems most appropriate that this touching and heart-warming celebration of love and commitment would take place surrounded by the beautiful roses Mother Nature had prepared for us on this very special day.


Jenni said to Paul in her vows, “We have survived the for worse times. It is time to start working our way back to the for better times.” How very right she was.


Congratulations, Jenni and Paul, on the strength of love and character you have both shown. Your for better times are going to be a joy to live and - for those who love you - a joy to watch you live.


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Leah and Mike Marry At 1705 Prime in Raleigh, Surrounded By Friends and Four Generations of Family

Leah and Mike are proof positive that love is a gift to everyone - and meeting a new love later in life is one of the finest gifts of all. 

They chose to marry at 1705 Prime because when Leah’s daughter had married there some time back, Leah had been very impressed with the venue and the caring staff, particularly Kevin DeHimer, who is the manager and an all-around nice guy. When Mike proposed, Leah suggested right away that they should look into this special venue to have their wedding out on the front steps of this impressive building and the reception inside in the restaurant. Of course, it goes without saying that the food there is every bit as delicious as the venue is fine.

The wedding was to be a family affair and the Bridal Party was all their children. Mike is from England and his son and some family members flew over for the wedding. For the British family who could not attend - parents, siblings and nephews - Mike made sure that the whole wedding was Skyped to those watching back in the UK. The wonders of modern technology bringing families together - I love it! 

Mike’s son was his Best Man, Leah’s daughters and sons-in-law filled out the Bridesmaid and Groomsmen sides and everyone contributed to the wedding in some way. 



A daughter and son-in-law sang a beautiful duet, two other daughters did readings, a brother-in-law did another reading and the Best Man was in charge of the rings. 

Note Leah’s fascinator hat from England. It was a perfect wedding veil and she looked stunning in it.


Not to be outdone, even their infant grandson contributed to the fun when he rode out of the ceremony, pulled by his Bridesmaid and Groomsman parents in a charmingly decked out wagon his parents had created - complete with cans that rattled on the brick walkway as they went. What a show-stopper!




For the welcome portion of the ceremony, Mike had suggested we have the audience be included and how they decided to do it was to have me invite the guests to stand and clap for the wedding couple, letting Leah and Mike know how pleased they were that these two people had found such love for each other. As Leah and Mike turned toward their guests, a cheer and much clapping went up through the guests - surely far more than they had ever expected - and it was a sweet, heart-warming moment. You could see in Leah and Mike’s faces how touched they were.

Leah’s 92 year old mother was to walk Leah down the aisle but three days before the wedding, her mother fell and broke her hip, requiring two surgeries. Quite the trouper, her mother was not to be deterred and although in a wheelchair, she was pushed down the aisle as Leah held her hand all the way. My goodness, how touching.


Leah’s sister and one of her daughters signed the license as witnesses. I always enjoy seeing how flattered everyone is when they are asked to sign the license.


Adding a delightful touch to an already perfect ceremony, the aisle had been decorated with tulle and glass jars hung on hooks, filled with white hydrangea blossoms and vanilla-scented votives. What a simple and perfect combination - and those votives smelled divine!


The beautiful music for the ceremony was provided by a violin and cello duo from Save the Date Music. They were excellent musicians.
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Leah and Mike, your life together is going to be filled with the riches of love and family ties and I wish you all the wonderful things that will come to you from your loves. Have a beautiful life to come!




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