Pete and Alyssa chose a classic Celtic Handfasting Ceremony to honor the ties they were creating with each other in their marriage. I tied their hands together, tying another knot with each promise they made to share their laughter and joy, to encourage each other's dreams and aspirations, and to treat each other with respect and kindness.
Then they exchanged rings as symbols of the ties that had just made and the promises they had given.
Theirs was a tender, sweet ceremony and it fit them perfectly. They are thoughtful considerate people, generous and kind, much loved by everyone there.
I got this very special note from them after their ceremony: 'Thank you again for everything you've done for Pete and I. I know that sounds like such a blanket statement, but please believe me when I say that we were so beyond happy with having you for our day. We are so excited to be married with a wedding we almost didn't think could be so great. It almost makes me emotional to look back and be able to say that we had such a perfect ceremony. You were so wonderful and we're very appreciative.'
To give credit to the other wonderful local professionals who made their wedding such a success: Whole Foods in Raleigh did their flowers and their cake, Laura Zeiger at Neomonde Deli provided the catering.
I wish them many many happy years together. They have begun their marriage in much love surrounded by those who love them. What better beginning can there be.