Thursday, August 28, 2014

Denise and Keith found themselves sitting at the same kitchen table at a mutual friends' engagement party in March of 2011. Keith was attracted to Denise's gorgeousness and Denise to Keith's personality and easy going nature. Their conversation flowed easily and it felt like they had known each other forever. After many attempts to get together they officially became a couple whereupon Keith promptly asked Denise to come with him to a friend's wedding. She asked where the wedding would be. He told her Poland. She asked "Poland, the country?" He replied yes and she eagerly accepted the invitation. That's when Keith new Denise was The One! They both love to travel. Keith is good at planning adventures and Denise is good at coming along with him! Keith proposed in August of 2013 while on a trip out West and they chose the wedding date of August 16, 2014 at The Matthews House in Cary. 
I've been doing weddings at the lovely historic Matthews House for at least 12 to 14 years and the property has undergone many changes and developments over time. This view above is of the side of the house. At one time a huge old tree stood between the house and the chairs but it was lost to decay a couple of years ago. In the early days of weddings here the chairs were placed to face the house and porch creating an L-shaped aisle from the front door. 
The beautiful fence was added and an arch was created so that the guests face toward the back of the property where there now stand a beautiful reception hall. It used to be just grass and an unsightly view of the backyards of the neighbors on the street over. Adding the reception hall not only added wonderful space for the reception and Plan B if the weather was not cooperative but also gave more privacy!
Inside the reception hall is this lovely cake by Patisserie which is the in-house bakery for the Matthews House. 
 The beautiful floral designs are by Gregg Kennedy of Brides and Bouquets.  Gorgeous as usual! 
Our DJ, Cody Ross with Touch of Class DJs, is set up in the reception hall and a mobile unit is out on the side porch for the ceremony. Ross had an ear mic ready for me and the sound was perfect!
Warren McCormack is our very capable photographer and brought along a second shooter to cover the festivities. Warren and I have worked many weddings together and he is always so easy going and fun to work with.
The guests are seated and we are ready to begin the processional. You can see the reception hall in the background.
The parents and wedding party get all lined up in the front of the house.
Preeti Waas is the manager of The Matthews House and usually directs the weddings there. She has recently begun her own event planning and directing business called Mehar Events. She specializes in Indian weddings and the blended Indian/American weddings! Go check out her website! I know she will be a grand success.
 Entering is the groom's parents, Ruth and Glenn. 
Then Daniel escorts his mother and Mother of the Bride, Christine. Daniel then circled around to escort in the bride with his father, Paul.
 Ready, girls? 
 Preeti stands watch to cue Cody for the entrance of the wedding party.
 So pretty in their mint dresses! 
 So now for the bride! 
 Please stand for our beautiful bride!
 Presentation of the Bride....
 Here we go! Preeti straightens the bride's train.
 Welcome, prayer, then their love story......
 Some good laughs all around......
 Vows and rings....
Feel the happiness of this day. Feel the love of your family and dearest friends surrounding you as they honor you on your wedding day!
 The official pronouncement of marriage.....
 Stepping joyfully into their future! 
Denise and Keith--a wonderful wedding! I know you two are so happy together and off on more adventures! I wish you all the best.
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