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Heather and Derek Exchange Vows with a Beautiful Nature Backdrop

Heather and Derek are serious people with the hearts and souls of poets and artists. Everything about their wedding day was put together with such thoughtfulness and beauty that everywhere you turned there was a glorious example of who they are.

They love being out in Nature and chose as their wedding location the serenely beautiful Montague Lake. It was a perfect setting and provided a calming presence that was felt throughout the day.

We held the ceremony between two handsome oak trees whose acorns were strewn all over the ground. The trees reminded me of a famous passage about marriage, written long ago by Kahlil Gibran, and those acorns were a perfect omen of the strength of Heather and Derek’s relationship, even in this its early stage.

Their unique program was a chalk board leaned up against one of the trees where all the guests could see it when they entered.

A pine cone attached to a sign was used to reserve the chairs for the families.

The music was provided by students from UNC that Heather and Derek had contacted. 

Because of their love of Nature, Heather and Derek included a ceremony to honor the four directions, lead by her brother and completed with his using a singing bowl that sang longer than any I have ever heard before. It was beautiful and touching.

When the wedding was concluded, the guests walked along a path strewn with lumieres to a clear, sunshine-filled tent beside the pond. It was bright and cheery and what wonderful decorations awaited their arrival!

As you entered there were family wedding photos set up beside wooden place cards that had been cut and hand-burned with the guests’ names on one side and their table assignments on the back. This must have taken so much time to do but what a handsome presentation they made! 

At each place setting there were burlap-covered favors.

The table centerpieces were photos of Heather and Derek as children, set into square, clear frames that held the name of the table. The names were each an attribute they wanted to incorporate into their relationship - things like courage, laughter, honesty, passion, respect and many more. Many tables had flowers in pots that Heather and Derek had planted themselves. 

The photographers for the day were Jonathan McCardell and Judy Auger of McCardell Photography. They took some wonderful photos of this wedding. Many are posted on their blog and they have given their kind permission for me to use some here. Thanks, Jonathan and Judy.

Heather and Derek found a prayer they wanted to use to conclude their ceremony and it is so perfect for them that it is included here. I know they will create all these things in their lives and will go forward from their wedding day as a strong and vibrant partnership;

May the wings of angels uphold you through all of life.
May you live forever in love and happiness with one another.
May your hearts be full and may your lips stay sweet.
May your love grow stronger with each passing day.
May your home be a place of happiness for all who enter it.
And may you live long and happily in each other’s arms.


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