Thursday, May 22, 2014

I met Samantha and Heather last September to plan their wedding ceremony. Although  same gender marriages are not currently recognized in North Carolina, they wanted to declare their love and devotion to each other surrounded by their families and dearest friends here at home. They plan to go to New York after the wedding to have a legal ceremony. And some day, their marriage will be recognized in North Carolina as equality is incorporated into the marriage laws here.
Marty and I arrived at Lake Johnson Park for their wedding ceremony on May 17, 2014. The sun was shining and there was a nice breeze blowing across the deck. Inside the reception area their caterer, Unforgettable Food Affairs, was setting up. This lovely cake consistent with their blue color scheme was baked by their friend Brittany Atkinson who also served as their wedding director. She is associated with Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts.
 The tables were set and being readied. 
At each place setting was a card for "words of wisdom" for the couple. 
 Outside, the sand ceremony was being set up under the tent.  
Our DJ, Brian, with Triad DJ, was already set up and he and I did a sound check with my microphone. Ashley and David Photography was doing the wedding photography. 
And so after the guests and parents were seated, the attendants all in position, it was time for the brides! 
 Samantha made the walk down the aisle first.
 And now Heather!
 Brittany, you did a great job getting everyone lined up and down the aisle! 
 The wedding ceremony was traditional in structure with custom content for our couple. 
 Samantha and Heather and I had a fun time putting together their story.
 There were some very funny parts to it. These women do have a wonderful sense of humor!
  Everyone was enjoying the humor!
 They read their vows to each other from my book where the words were printed facing them. 
 They exchanged special custom made rings.
 And then the sand ceremony...
 I asked them to look at all their loved ones gathered in their honor and let that feeling of love sink in.
 "Heather and Samantha, it is my joy and privilege to pronounce you equal partners, joined in love!"
 Sealed with a kiss! 
 It's a done deal!!
Samantha and Heather, I loved working with you. You are so bright, talented and generous--a well-matched couple. I wish you the best of everything!
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