I married Matt and Erica at the Bryan Courtyard of the Carolina Inn. A favorite place for me. And now that they have finished their remodeling, they have much easier parking and the courtyard is still the same lovely classic wedding site it always has been. They met in Seville, Spain during their Junior year abroad for UNC and began dating the fall of their senior year. They've known each other for eleven years and had a long distance relationship for 4 of those years. They're delighted to now be in one place together. We offered an Irish Wedding Blessing in honor of Matt's heritage and welcomed Erica's family who came from Peru to share this day with them. They are both generous spirited people who have large loving families. I was so glad to be with them to celebrate their love.
I had the joy of marrying Scott and Meredith at The Sutherland in an elegant ceremony in mid April. Thank you to Ashlee, owner of The Sutherland, for her wonderful coordination of the event. Their ceremony music was provided by Save the Date musicians with a saxophone and guitar duet. It was very unique. Scott's 90 year old mother was there. Both sets of their parents were still married so we honored that between the two couples they had more than 70 years of wisdom about love and marriage that still inspires Meredith and Scott. In our prayer of blessing for their marriage I said, 'May the love that warms our hearts today and the love that flows between Scott and Meredith always be strong. God grant them the inner gifts of trust, compassion. forgiveness, and truth that they may live and grow together in love and peace. Amen.'
Some couples I marry request that I don't blog about them. So I will just wish them many many blessings. For some couples I never get pictures. I send love to Elizabeth and Bruce, Alex and Kim, Tom and Carol, Christina and Eric, and Jean and Santiago, who I also wed this month, one couple in the backyard of their new home, one in the pergola at Duke Gardens, one in the Stone Chapel in Wake Forest, one at Spruce Pine Lodge, and one in my living room.
May they all find happiness in their love for each other. May their love bring out the best in them as they bring our the best in each other. May they have love that lasts a lifetime!