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Keri and Gene Stage Their Wedding, ‘Til Death Do Us Part,’ at the Cary Arts Center

You just never know where you are going to meet the love of your life. It might even be on Craigslist. 

When I asked Keri and Gene to tell me about their relationship, this is what they wrote about how they met...

Keri - “Gene and I met in 2014. We found each other online through Craigslist – which, by the way it sounds, would lead one to believe it was a doomed prospect. Fortunately, neither of us turned out to be serial killers.”

Gene - “I met Keri during a very odd point in my life. I wasn't trying to find anyone, I just wanted people to talk to. She responded to an ad I made on Craigslist, looking for just that. She said my message stood out to her because it was so radically different from everything else she read. Heck, she was only there because Craigslist personals are so weird.”

And that tells you a lot about who they are as individuals and as a couple. They come at everything from a unique slant, with a shared sense of humor, and it was a total joy to be around them. 

I met them through Keri’s mom, Garnetta, whom I had married a few years previous. Garnetta and I have been friends ever since and I was thrilled when Keri and Gene asked me to minister their wedding. As their wedding plans came into focus, I was completely charmed by what they were planning.

They chose to do a First Look photo session before the wedding and this is one of the cutest First Look photos I’ve ever seen. Makes my heart smile.

The ceremony was held on the stage of the Cary Arts Center and the reception was in a room near the stage. This was my first time doing a wedding there and it was fun having the wedding on the stage. I was also impressed by all the help the staff at the Center provided for Keri and Gene. 

During the ceremony, Keri and Gene included the Cord of 3 Strands ceremony. They braided together three strands of purple, gold and white, representing their lives joined together with Spirit at the core. It was a lovely moment in the ceremony. 

They wrote their own vows to each other, which were sweet and touching and totally them. 

And I love this photo that captures their loving looks at each other during the ceremony. 

So about the ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ part. We were on a stage, as were the guests. We were the actors in their play and they designed a playbill, as one would see at any play ever attended. Pretty clever.

They had a perfect cover for it, designed by Julissa Santos. Keri is an accomplished musician and Gene is a man with many interesting interests, with music being one they share, so this artwork is perfect for them.

Not only was it on the Playbill, but it was also made into a poster (see photo above) and the guests signed a frame that would fit around it, to be later hung on the wall of their new home.

The colors of the wedding were yellow and purple, which were picked up in the clothing of Gene and the Bridal Party, Keri’s DIY bouquet and the wedding cake by Once in a Blue Moon Bakery.

I love what Gene said about their first meeting. “We shared music and bonded over several other things before we [actually] met. I saw her walk in the door to Panera Bread and thought, "I hope that's her.” 4 years later, I'm marrying that kooky girl, who I sat talking to for 3 hours that day about some really strange stuff you normally wouldn't just start talking to a stranger about.”

So, Gene and Keri, may your years together be filled with fun and laughter and conversations about really strange things. I will always be thinking of you laughing and joking your way through the world together.


All of these wonderful photos were taken by Lotus Creative Studios.


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Lauren and Evan - A Winter Wedding at the Haw River Ballroom - Love, Laughter and Unique DIY Touches

I so love this picture of Lauren and Evan. It captures the special spark they share. Each has such a great sense of humor and they sprinkle it liberally throughout their lives. You can tell they have a lot of fun together and so does everyone around them. It came as no surprise, therefore, that their humor would show itself in their wedding planning, their vows and in all their unique wedding decorations. 

Taking place in December, but not wanting to use a holiday wedding theme, they chose instead to go with a classic winter white, cranberry red and grey color scheme. And, my goodness, didn’t it look stunning!

Their dog was the Ring Bearer

Bridesmaids carried muffs rather than bouquets - perfect for a winter wedding!

They chose the Haw River Ballroom as their wedding location. Tucked back along the Haw river in Saxapahaw, NC, this unique building is a concert and event venue space and perfect for those who are looking for something different. That made it absolutely perfect for Lauren and Evan.

Love how this building glows at night.

The inside, set up for the wedding.

They decided to have the wedding on the stage with the red curtain. Evan’s dad built the incredible wooden wall that became the backdrop for the ceremony and it was really beautiful.

As you can see, their florist, Wylde Flowers, decorated the wall in style. They also made a beautiful bouquet for Lauren and exquisite boutonnieres for Evan and his Groomsmen.

During the ceremony, Evan and his Best Man waited on the ground level for the rings to arrive. Once the Best Man had taken the rings from the Ring Dog’s collar, he joined us on the stage.

With this Bride and Groom being Lauren and Evan, it was inevitable that they would make each other laugh during their vows. And they did. It was special for all of us.

At the end of the ceremony, the happy family went out the aisle as the trio they are. 

Most of the photographs had been taken before the wedding so Lauren and Evan could immediately join the guests upstairs for the cocktail hour. 

The cocktail hour was happening on the upper level.

As the room was being readied for the reception, the band, Peter Lamb and the Wolves started playing. Nice.

Set up for the reception with the band on the stage in the background.

I can honestly say I have never seen the Haw River Ballroom looking as beautiful and sparkly as it did that night, thanks in no small part to Lauren and Evan’s design vision. Take a peek at all their special touches... 

Clever table cards that Lauren made herself. 
Each animal was standing on a sliver of a geode.

A perfect Cake Topper on a cake by Sugarland

A hot chocolate bar with mugs as guest favors

A Polaroid Photo Guest Book

They even had the non-dancers covered.

The gold accents on the tables caught the light beautifully.

After dinner, the dancing and partying began in earnest and it is obvious that a great time was had by all.

It was such a special evening and as they left as husband wife, the happy couple - along with the Ring Dog - made their final exit through a hail of dry snowflakes tossed by their guests.

Lauren and Evan, a toast to you. It was a joy to be part of your fun and stylish wedding that was such a perfect reflection of who you are, and who you are together. 

May all the roads you travel bring you joy and laughter and many fun memories to savor all your lives. 


A special thanks goes to Lauren and Evan’s photographers, Carolyn and Geoff, who have allowed the use of their wonderful photos here. They are the dynamic husband and wife team of Carolyn Scott Photography and they, too, have a fun sense of humor. It is easy to understand why Lauren and Evan chose to work with them. Carolyn and Geoff have written a great blog post about this wedding, with many more photos of the event than I have shown here. I do highly recommend you take the time to read their post and check out all the photos. 

I have worked with Carolyn and Geoff many times at weddings and love their traditional-but-with-a-unique-twist approach. I was honored they chose me as their minister for their own fun, Zombie Jamboree wedding. If you would like to read about it, here is the blog post I wrote.

Others on hand to help make this wedding and reception the great success it was...

Patti Gallivan - Wedding Coordinator - Saxapahaw General Store Catering - she handled everything with humor and professional skill

Caterer - Saxapahaw General Store


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