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Heather and Joe Begin Their Married Life at The Highgrove Estate of Fuquay-Varina

Heather and Joe are a couple that cares about people. Heather is a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse at UNC and Joe is a Captain in the Morrisville Fire Department. With such demanding jobs, how in the world did they ever find time to meet?!

It was through their love of motorcycles. Heather’s mom told me proudly that Heather had started riding a moped at the age of 9 and was completely smitten with riding from then on. Heather and Joe love to take extensive rides on their bikes, especially to our National Parks, and have often traveled with Heather’s parents, who are also avid riders.

Joe rides a Harley and is currently the president of The Red Knights, an international firefighters motorcycle club. A rightfully proud organization, you can see their logo on the Harley-Davidson mailbox set up on the gift and card table.

Heather and Joe decided to use a fireman theme and had the most wonderful ambiance as a result. Look at the amazing Groom’s cake, made by Heather’s friend and colleague, Sarah Hassing.  Sarah has only been making cakes for about a year and has a blog about her work. What a talent! This is an exact duplicate of Joe’s helmet and it looked absolutely real. When the cake was cut later in the night, you could tell everyone thought it was a sacrilege. (In case you are wondering, it was chocolate.)

Here are the clever table card markers - where did they ever find glass hydrants?!

Firemen and bagpipers are a natural combination and Heather and Joe surprised everyone with  a wonderful piper, Robert White, to escort them in and out. You should have seen the happy surprise on everyone’s faces. Robert and I have worked together many times at other weddings and he is always fun to be around. I love his music and his sincere personality. Here he is with Heather and Joe and playing during the cocktail hour.

Another fun element was the guest book. Heather and Joe stationed someone there to take Polaroid photos of all the guests and put them into a book. The guests then wrote a note to the couple beside their photos. What a wonderful keepsake that will be!

The wedding was held at The Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina. It is a magical location for a wedding and reception and they provide so many amenities for their clients, including in-house wedding planners. Ann Eberle was the planner for Heather and Joe and I always know when she is in charge that things will go perfectly. Kind, friendly and efficient, she is an asset at The Highgrove.

The DJ for the evening was Jason Huggins of Island Sound. He sure knows how to keep a party going. Here he is as his professional self and then as his fun self.

The beautiful wedding cake was provided by Cinda of Cinda’s Creative Cakes. I have seen many of Cinda’s cakes and they are always elegant and exquisite. This cake certainly was. 

When it came time to cut the cake, you could tell Joe was thinking whether to be good or not, but in the end he remained a gentleman. 

The photographer in the background is Amy Free, who surely got some great photos. She was everywhere!

Heather and Joe, thank you for including me in your wedding day. Your love for each other and for other people has touched my heart and I will carry that with me always. May you have many happy times riding together, starting with your honeymoon in the rolling hills of Tuscany.


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