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Kate and Josh Have a Glowing Wedding at the Rand-Bryan House in Garner

This beaming couple met over three years ago through a mutual friend and they have been together ever since. You can see in both their faces a love of life and they really are a great match for each other. Their wedding day was a glowing spring day, perfectly reflecting the happiness on their faces and those of their family and friends. It looked like a lively wedding celebration was getting started as I was leaving and I can only imagine what a great time was surely had by all.

When I arrived for the wedding, 30 minutes early, Josh and his Groomsmen were hanging around, trying to find things to do while the ladies were sequestered away.

Kate and the Bridesmaids were in the dressing room with the photographer, finishing photos and all the little final details that ladies always do. Kate was absolutely glowing in her beautiful dress and she and her Bridesmaids were having a great time kidding each other and laughing all the while.

It turns out Kate has an amazing tattoo of a phoenix that runs the length of her back and her wedding dress showed just enough of the tattoo to make it a perfect accent.

The moms were in the dining room pinning on corsages and being tons of help in all the many ways that moms know how to do. Where would we be without our moms?

Kate and Josh chose the sparkling Rand-Bryan House as the perfect wedding location for the day they had in mind. Owned and managed by Martha Bryan Liles, Martha had her daughter, Audrey, there that day, helping make everything perfect for Kate and Josh. 

I really enjoy doing weddings at the Rand-Bryan House. The house and grounds are bright and airy, full of sunlight and gorgeous trees. This day I noticed that three young cherry trees were in bloom behind where the arch stood for the ceremony in the side lawn and they were just beautiful. Once they are fully grown, early spring weddings are going to be beyond spectacular there.

Here are some photos of the house and grounds. The weather was so glorious that tables were set up on the lawn and a perfect breeze was blowing. It was like a Hollywood production company had put together this wedding.

The breeze had a field day with Kate’s veil throughout the ceremony but it was beautiful as it blew around, glowing in the afternoon sun. It made Kate look like an angel. Hopefully the photographers got some amazing photos of it.

The photographers for the day were Josh’s sister, Nicole Lupton, of Nicloe Louise Photography and her assistant, Amber Warlock.  Despite Nicole’s baby being due almost any day, she and Amber were there for Kate and Josh, catching wonderful memories of the day. Can’t wait to see their photos. (update 3/23/11 - Nicole has just posted the photo previews in Facebook and here is the link to her great photos, one of which is included at the end of this post! Thanks, Nicole.)

Kate’s grandfather was in a wheelchair and I love this shot of her showing the wedding ring to her grandparents. It was a touching moment.

Other wedding professionals on hand that day to help make the wedding such a success;

DJ - Ross Denson of J. Ross Party Productions
Caterers - Catering Works
Florals - Gregg Kennedy of Brides and Bouquets

Kate and Josh, yours was such a happy wedding and I know you and your friends and family had the time of your lives. With your zest for life and your eye for the special little things that make living such a pleasure, you are sure to have a romantic, happy life together. I hope you will stay in touch so I can keep up with you as your lives go forward. And although he couldn’t be there that day because he is so “sweet, loving but seriously crazy and rambunctious,” please be sure to give your beloved Rocky a hug and a treat for me.   :-)


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