Dan's brother-in-law, Mike, and his wife, Amy (Dan's sister), and their daughter Chloe--our flower girl--enter last. To avoid Chloe, age 2, from being upset, we thought it best that her mommy and daddy escort her in. Note that she had discarded her shoes!! Dan's father Daniel served as his Best Man and Amy served as Elizabeth's Matron of Honor.
Duke Gardens provides only 50 chairs and since there were more than 100 guests, most of them were standing for the ceremony. The ceremony was about 20 minutes. Dan and Elizabeth loved the wine and chocolate ceremony so we included that after they said their custom written vows to each other and exchanged rings. The wine represents the bitterness that life may bring and the chocolate the sweetness. Being married means that you accept both as part of your journey together.
And so they set off on their journey as husband and wife!
Musicians Laura, Jake and Belinda from Arioso Strings provided their usual beautiful music for the guests prior to the beginning of the ceremony and for the processional and recessional. Always a pleasure working with these talented musicians! Kristin and Sarah from KPO Photography were our photographers. I have worked many weddings with them in the past 12 years and they are great! Thanks, gals.
Elizabeth and Dan, you are such a thoughtful and delightful couple and so dedicated to each other and your relationship. I know you will have a wonderful marriage! It was a joy working with you. Congratulations!