Michele and Jonathan’s wedding was planned quite far in advance. We were honored to be a part of it from the beginning, working with them on their timeline and ideas, and mainly assuring Michele that it probably won’t rain. Of course, we had no idea whether or not it would, but most of the time it doesn’t, so we were betting on that. Michele had the most rain plan contingencies in place in her head of any bride. Jonathan said she spent a lot of Saturdays when it rained looking out the window and commenting, “I feel so bad for whoever is getting married today!”

On our final consultation we looked at the weather and it was cloudy with a small chance of rain on weather.com. However, Michele had a site up her sleeve called Weather Underground (whose name implies that they know a forecast that we don’t) where it was a 50/50 chance of rain or not. It was anyone’s game.

Come their wedding day, there were very dramatic clouds, but we’re happy to report no rain. :) It did sprinkle during their exit, but that’s about it. We bring you this very dry blog post to happily report no rain on Michele and Jonathan’s wedding day. :) And we could not have wished that fabulous luck on two nicer, sweeter, genuine people. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with the two of them as they’re instantly people you like (maybe it’s their obvious adoration of their cats).

Date: April 27, 2013

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Snipes Farm Retreat // Chapel Hill, NC

Michele’s Occupation: Communications

Jonathan’s Occupation: Paralegal/Database Manager

How You Met: In college.

Interesting Bride Fact: First job was at TCBY.

Interesting Groom Fact: Terrified of puppets (especially marionettes).

Honeymoon Destination: Coast of Maine.

Vendor Credits: Officiant – Rev. Dennis Nolen | Band – John Howie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff | Florist – DIY team headed by good friend Betsy | Cake – Honey & The Moon Bakery  (cake topper hand made by Michele) | Caterer – Catering by Design | Hair/Makeup – Sarah Boulton from Body Bliss Salon | Coordinator – Red Bird Events

Wendy and Nelson were married at All Saints Chapel the day before Easter, their rings carried in tiny metal eggs. :) And with Wendy’s son Ashton calling Nelson “Dad” for quite some time now already, the day was a long time coming for all of them. It was beautiful to see them all finally unite as a family, very much in love and supportive of each other.

Laura, the matron of honor, gave a speech about how she knew Nelson was the one for Wendy… and while I’m terrible at remembering speeches and quotes, I’ll paraphrase: Nelson loves cars. A lot. He has a 1968 Camaro and brought it over for Wendy to see when they first started dating. Now, it’s pretty well known in their family circle that Nelson really doesn’t let anyone go near his cars (or especially in them), and he rarely lets it out of the garage because it’s kept in pristine condition. But not only did he bring it over for Wendy – he let Ashton climb in the car. :) Now, for those who know Nelson, this was a really big move on his part, and the start of a wonderful commitment to both Wendy and Ashton.

They all threw a killer wedding at All Saints complete with adorable Easter Egg ornaments as favors and the most. popular. candy. bar. ever. At the very end of the post you’ll see what happens when a bunch of children literally wipe the entire candy bar clean in approximately 20 minutes, and the aftermath that ensued after the sugar kicked in about 30 minutes later…

First Dance: “Broken Road” – Rascal Flats

Bride’s Occupation: Head Hunter

Groom’s Occupation: Electrical Design Engineer

How You Met: Introduced

Interesting Bride Fact: “Always seems to have everything under control and well organized, but is actually a total mess… :)”

Interesting Groom Fact: “Is a total germaphobe and control freak!”

Honeymoon Destination: Miami and then onto the Bahamas in June

Date: April 7, 2012

Ceremony and Reception Venue: All Saints Chapel // Raleigh, NC

Officiant: Rev. Robin Renteria

Wedding Coordinator: Sally Oakley – Personalized Wedding Planning

DJ: Black Belt Limousines and Sedans

Florist: Dogwood Tree

Cake: Edible Art

Catering: Unforgettable Food Affairs

Hair: Charisma Salon // Joni

Ceremony Coordinator: Martha Gribble

Taylor, Chris, Geoff, and myself were all put in touch by Geoff’s sister Samantha. Taylor and Sam were roommates at IUP near Pittsburgh several years ago. Taylor had since moved to North Carolina, met the wonderful man who was to become her husband, and they were engaged. Facebook relayed this information to Sam who recommended Taylor look me up. ;) Thanks, Facebook! We were so happy to meet them and work with them through their engagement and on their beautiful wedding day. Ironically, they were married on our wedding anniversary… and there aren’t two other people we’d be happier to share our date with! :)

Taylor wore cute red shoes and met her future husband behind an old door in the country club where they held hands without seeing each other before the ceremony. Taylor burst into tears of genuine happiness… and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so excited to be married. Their ceremony included a Chinese hand movement that I want to include but am pretty sure I’ll botch the order (Taylor and Chris – will you please include this in the comment section?). This wedding had an incredibly cute grandma that you’ll see featured several times. It also featured a hilarious Twilight reference by a guest. Enjoy Taylor’s super beautiful face and Chris’s handsomeness in their lovely wedding.

First Dance Song: “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel

Bride’s Occupation: Administrative Assistant

Groom’s Occupation: System Administrator

How You Met: Match.com

Interesting Bride Fact: Taylor is a walking Match.com advertisement. At least five of her peers have tried it. Two have had success!! :)

Interesting Groom Fact: His favorite place in the world is Yosemite!

Honeymoon Destination: Dominican Republic

Date: October 23, 2011

Ceremony and Reception Venue: MacGregor Downs Country Club // Cary, NC

DJ: Elite EJ Services // Corey McLamb

Florist: Every Bloomin’ Thing

Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Officiant: Rev. Barbara Lodge

Hair/Makeup: Amber Choplin