Rachel and Charlie - A Unique DIY Wedding at Spruce Pine Lodge in Bahama, NC
For Rachel and Charlie, simple and easy is their signature style. For their wedding, that translated into a great DIY wedding where everyone pitched in to help so they could keep their budget low. The musician was a friend, a lot of the food for the reception was brought as a potluck by family and guests and they had even met their photographer when they were neighbors back in the day.
The lovely flowers were put together by Charlie’s father and stepmother.
The cakes were made by their families.
And many hands pitched in to string the lights that gave such a warm glow
to the stone and wood interior.
Another thing that old cabin does is let in some beautiful light!
Rachel and Charlie have slightly differing views on how spirituality is expressed but wanted both to be honored in the ceremony since each of them is an equal partner in this marriage. To that end, Charlie read a scripture from the Bible and Rachel read a prayer from Mother Teresa. It was remarkable how well they both fit together, with each saying the same thing in different ways. Spirit is Spirit, however it is expressed.
They found the most amazing bowl for the water. Note how the pedestal of this beautiful bowl opens into 4 open hands caressing the basin of the glass bowl that sits within them. What a gorgeous symbol of partnership in a marriage.
In this photo they have just read their marriage blessings and I have poured some water into the bowl.
Here, they are placing their blessings into the water, then washing their hands as I pour more water over them - and finally, drying each other’s hands with a towel.
Next came the personal vows they had written to each other, followed by the ring exchange...
and the celebratory kiss.
There was so much love in evidence that day.
Just look at this face, beaming with such love, pride and joy.
There were many reflections of familial love, not only between the guests but also in various heirlooms that were used as decorations. Rachel’s wedding rings and necklace were heirlooms and represented 133 years of successful marriage from her great-grandparents, her grandparents and her parents. She and Charlie have some mighty big footsteps to follow!
Once the partying began, there was non-stop fun.
Check out these fun guest favors and props they added to the mix.
They even had a painter there, Eleatta Driver, painting the festivities as they ocurred!
Rachel and Charlie, I will always remember your sincere and happy wedding and the love you shared so joyously with your family and friends. I join with all those who know you in wishing you an amazing life together. May all your dreams come true for you in unique
and wonderful ways!
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