Adam and Jessie's wedding at the Cardinal Club in downtown Raleigh was wonderful on so many levels. First of all they were a joy to work with - thoughtful, considerate of each other and others, and helpful in making sure all the professionals knew their vision and their desires. Then their families were a treat to meet and get to know even a little bit.
Adam and Jessie had met through mutual friends several years ago and the reconnected over the phone and found their friendship quickly kindled into love. They can't wait to get home to each other in the evenings, and it shows. They create an 'us' that is welcoming and kind, and that didn't let all the details of their ceremony interfere with the joy they felt in who they are - a couple that are simply happy sitting on the couch together, being silent together or playing with their two dogs.
They are both close to their families. That shows, too. Jessie's father passed away years ago and he was sorely missed, and was honored by a color guard of Raleigh police. One of the gentlemen told me that he owed Jessie's father a lot in the time they served together and that this was one way he could begin to repay the kindness he had received.
In their ceremony, set against a window overlooking Raleigh from the 28th floor of the Wachovia Building on Fayetteville St in downtown Raleigh, you get a sense of all the friends there to celebrate with them.
to Cardinal Club Catering for their food, to Arioso Strings for their fabulous accompaniment for the ceremony ....
and to Joe Bunn DJ Company for what looked from the pictures to be an incredible reception.
And a special thanks to Shelly Rhem at the Cardinal Club for her fabulous direction and coordination.
Check out these wonderful shots that Richie and Jamie took that require a setting of a big city.
This next one is in front of the Wachovia Building. I really enjoyed all these women having fun in the room getting ready before the ceremony. Lots of laughs and much camaraderie.
Their first dance as a married couple.....
Here Adam and Jessie are leaving their reception to the light and celebration of sparklers. What a great idea. And in the city there's no fire hazard to fear.
JAGG Photography shared their pictures generously and Jessie and Adam did too. I hope they give you ideas for your ceremony. Theirs was certainly memorable and not only to them. It was a joy to marry such a loving grounded generous spirited couple. Their poem, read by Jessica's Aunt Betsy, titled 'Sooner or Later' says it all. Here's a little bit: 'Sooner of later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines, and romance int he movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives.' And indeed it is.
Jessie wrote a generous review of my services, and I appreciate the acknowledgement,because for I and for all the other wedding professionals at their wedding professional there that day, it is a labor of love.
And thank you, Jessie and Adam!
Many blessings to you and I'll be delighted if our paths cross again.