Courtney and Nik met and fell in love on line in a live chat room back in April of 2008. They started talking right away and Nik told me that her smile and giggles just threw him for a loop. I said, how could you know about her smile and giggles in a chat room? He whispered--webcam! Ohhh. Nik was in Kentucky at the time and Courtney in North Carolina. This communication continued continuously until the day Nik left for basic training and they lost touch. They reconnected again on line and decided to give it a try as a couple although they had never met in person. They did not meet face to face until July of 2009 and they both knew they were right for each other. He of course had to return to his military service and went to Iraq but they never lost touch again and eventually Nik asked her parents for her hand in marriage in April of 2010. Courtney and her parents came to see me on October 18, 2010 to officiate the wedding and of course I was tickled to be able to be a part of this wonderful dream come true.
When Marty and I arrived at the stately Matthews House on the wedding day of March 12, 2011, Ross Merle of Just Music DJ was all set up and his wife, Alice, was at her keyboard. What a great deal you get with these two wonderful people and wedding vendors. Alice provides beautiful music for the ceremony then Ross rocks the reception.
Ross is also a ham in front of the camera! I love working with Ross. I know that when he is involved in one of the weddings that he will make sure that every vendor has whatever they need and that the couple is taken care of royally. If something needs to be done, he will handle it. With Ross, there is nothing that is not part of his personal job description!! Marty and I look forward to every wedding where Ross is the DJ.
The cake was ready too. Simply Cakes was the baker. The Matthews House provides their own in house catering which is so convenient for couples.
It is time to begin, guys, so follow me! Nik had 7 groomsmen. He was so excited for this day to finally be here.
Here come the bridesmaids, all 6 of them, in their pretty watermelon color dresses.
Kinzie was the sweetest flower girl and she was a pro. She walked down the aisle slowly, smiling and tossed the petals then stood quietly in front of the bridesmaids until she tired of that then sat on the front row with Courtney's grandmother, Barbara.
Don proudly escorted his beautiful daughter in for this very special day. Don was involved with all the wedding planning and made sure everything got handled. Thanks, Don. Courtney's mother, Evelyn, was also a prime player in organizing and making this wedding day the best that could possibly be for their daughter.
And they stepped into the ballroom where all the guests were standing in honor of the bride. Courtney's dress was so beautiful.
It's a done deal now! The new Mr. and Mrs. step into their new lives together! Susie McPherson of The Matthews House was our wedding coordinator. She was the first to greet the newlyweds!
You might wonder what they are all looking at! Those are all the guests, squeezed together like sardines, looking up at Michael, our photographer, who is on the balcony over the front door taking the group shot of everyone. I know it will turn out great! Michael and Marcy of Michael's Memories were our wedding photographers. I always enjoy working with them!
Courtney and Nik, congratulations on your marriage, your wedding and your love!