Dylan and Sue are a couple who delight in life and in playful expressions of their love, as you can tell by this wonderful favor. Their whole family seems this way. Their wedding was a lot of fun as well as deeply meaningful.
I love how Duke has this little golf cart that can carry the bride and her attendants around the amphitheater so that they can remain unseen by guests and they arrive to process. And it keeps the wedding party cooler in our famous, or infamous, NC summer and fall heat.
Sue and her Matron of Honor, LaLecha, are enjoying the moment before they process. Sue is also carrying her father's favorite baseball cap to include him in some tangible way in the ceremony, as well as in spirit and heart. She placed his cap on his empty chair as part of the processional. Sue and LeLecha's flowers, as all the flowers, were provided by Tre Bella Florist in Durham.
Aunt Helen married her husband, Skip, in January of 1945. Over the next sixteen years, they had five children. Then in 1970, their family grew by two more when Dylan and his sister came to live with them. Helen and Skip provided them with a stable foundation and a loving home from which to grow and flourish in life. She was a most honored guest.
The amphitheater gives the photographer unique perspectives from which to capture the ceremony. And it truly is an amphitheater with resonant amplification that makes every word sound blessed.
We began their ceremony with these words, chosen by Sue and Dylan: 'In marriage, two lives are intimately shared; and the blending of the two must not diminish either one. When we give of ourselves into a loving marriage partnership we do not abandon ourselves; we do not shed our individuality; for that is what brought us together. Knowing and embracing this, Sue and Dylan have invited those present to witness their union.'
It was a joy to pronounce them married with these words: 'Dylan and Sue , may the joy of love, the grace of God, and strength of spirit be at the heart of the life you will share together. Now that you have wholeheartedly pledged your love and commitment, with the joy and blessing of all present here, and by the virtue of the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife. May your way be blessed, may wisdom’s light shine upon you, and may your journey bring you peace.'