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Shari Surprises Daryl with a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt Wedding on a Neuse River Bridge

Shari and Daryl were planning to marry the week after Valentine’s Day, but Shari had other plans, unbeknownst to Daryl. His son was with them Valentine weekend and Shari sent Daryl and his son off on a scavenger hunt on Valentine’s Day, telling them they had to be at the final clue by 1 pm. Daryl was intrigued and it was obvious she had gone to a lot of trouble to put this all together, so off the guys went to begin their adventure, complete with hand-written, burnt-edged clues for each stop.

Timing was everything here and a little while after the guys left, I arrived at the apartment, which was in walking distance of the river. But when I arrived, there was a mini-crisis happening. Shari’s grandparents - who were driving in that morning from the beach in a Winnebago to be a part of the surprise - were lost in Raleigh! And they had no markers on the road to tell Shari and Daryl’s mom where they were! Much conversation ensued, it was finally figured out where they were, and Daryl’s mom talked them in, turn by turn, while she was on Shari’s cell phone and using the GPS on her phone. Very impressive!

They arrived in time but Daryl called close to 1 pm to tell Shari he was on his way to the last clue - YIKES! Shari told him just to drive around for a bit until she called him, which he did, thank goodness. Their apartment is only a 3 minute walk from the river bridge where we were to have the ceremony and we didn’t want him to see us walking over there.

This cute little guy kept bringing me his bone to play with him while the telephone directions were going on.

We managed to get ourselves  - and the dog - over to the bridge before Daryl arrived. It was freezing cold that day, with a heavy wind - not a bit as warm as all that sunshine seemed to imply - but it was quite the special day all the way around and the brisk, sparkling air seemed to be a perfect fit. 

Here is a photo of Shari and her beloved Grandma, who was beaming proudly the whole time. She brought with her the pink ribbon that was to be wrapped around Shari’s bouquet - and she even wrapped it herself when she arrived. 

When Daryl and his son drove up, he told Shari later that he said to his son, “I think I might be getting married today.” Up until he saw us at the bridge, he had no clue what was up. It must have been seeing his mom, Shari’s grandmother, their neighbor who had helped Shari with getting Daryl away from the house, and a  prayer stole on an unknown woman that did it. Everyone was in on the surprise except Daryl and his son.

But now we had another problem - Grandpa was driving the Winnebago and had missed the turn to the river, so now he was lost again and had no phone with him - Grandma had it! 

Daryl and the neighbor did some fast calculations as to where he might have gone and then Daryl hopped into his car to try to find him. Shouldn’t be too hard to find a Winnebago, he thought - and find him he did.

At last it was time to begin this very special ceremony. Shari had chosen this bridge because they often take their dog for long, romantic walks there and with the woods and the water all around, she thought it would be perfect… it was. Love the joy captured on their faces in these great photos. (Many thanks to their neighbor for taking all the photos.)

Saying their vows.

So much love and happiness.

Mom, Grandparents and the dog are watching the ceremony.

The rings going on.

 They have just been pronounced husband and wife.

Of course there had to be a group photo as a wedding keepsake!

The tall man in the red shirt is the photographer, neighbor and co-conspirator.

There is another romantic reason for the wedding taking place at the bridge. Daryl is a fisherman, who often fishes there and Shari is a ballerina. Notice in the photo below there is a pink ballet slipper laying on the table with some of the printed clues Daryl had read before leaving the house that morning. Shari gave that slipper to Daryl when he arrived at the bridge because together they are writing a fairy tale about a fisherman who catches a ballerina who has fallen into the water. I have always loved fairy tales and hope I get to read theirs some day.

Shari and Daryl, may you have as much fun writing your fairy tale as you do living it!


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Chrissy and Joe Celebrate Love and Family with a Christmas Wedding at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane

Take two hearts that seem meant for each other, add a young heart that is open and giving… 
and you have the beginnings of a beautiful blended family. 

Chrissy and Joe met at work, where a friendship was born that eventually grew into love. Chrissy has a young son and he and Joe became fast friends right away. Although the adults took things slowly to make sure everyone would be a good fit with each other, it wasn’t long before this trio was quite a team and it became obvious they were building a life together… so they decided to make it official.

What better time than over the Christmas holidays to celebrate love and family. Not only did the Christmas decorations add to the event, but the favorite color of their son is red, so red was in abundance at this wedding. Ties, boutonnieres and even Chrissy’s shoes were red - the color of love and life and new beginnings. It was perfect!

 Notice Chrissy’s bouquet - red and white candy canes!

The guest favors were glasses with candy canes tucked inside.

Their handsome young son carried in a sign right before his mom came down the aisle.

“Here Comes My Mommy”

Chrissy then entered alone and Joe met her when she was half way down the aisle. 
What a great symbol of the partnership they have created together.

 During the ceremony, Chrissy’s grandmother and their friend 
each read lovely passages about love.

To celebrate the beginning of this blended family, Chrissy and Joe included a Sand Ceremony, with engraved vials holding different colors of sand to mix together into a larger vase. 
As you might expect, their son used the red sand. 

Chrissy had a surprise in store for Joe. During the vows, which they had chosen themselves to repeat after me, Chrissy had asked me to add a line into his vows about promising to kill all the spiders that ever came her way. All the guests laughed at this and seeing the surprise on Joe’s face as he repeated those unexpected words was priceless.

 “I now pronounce you husband and wife.”

 Joe had a surprise in store for Chrissy, too - a deep, deep dip with the wedding kiss!

Instead of going out the aisle at the end of the ceremony, 
they had their first dance right then and there.

 Next came the wedding photos with the parents. Love this shot of everyone kissing their spouses.

 Love these adorable moments with their son, too.

Quite a family gathering!

Some great touches for the reception…

2 tables for kids with fun activities in their red bags

a photo guest book where all the guests were to sign the mat around the photo

hand-painted Bride and Groom glasses

and a simple wedding cake table with cupcakes for the kids.

They had some fun feeding the cake to each other.

And of course, Santa was there, too.

Chrissy and Joe, it was a real honor to help you launch your married life and to see the official start of your happily blended family. Love is everywhere around you and it was wonderful to bask in its glow.


Others on hand to help make this wedding very special;

Cake - Maxie B’s

Photographer - Lloyd’s Photography
(most of the photos used in this post were taken by them)

Venue - Mill Creek Golf Club - Mebane


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