I first met this amazing couple last May as they were in the initial stages of planning their ceremony. They first met in 2011 in Athens shortly before the groom headed to Hawaii as part of his military service requirements. But, with today's technology, Leah and Nate were able to talk every day, email, and to also have some time together in our 50th state! And, it was such a joy to work with Donna Pahl of Carefree Celebrations to make this couple's special day all that it should be. Music was provided by Jonah Williams, guitarist, and, Lisa Rivard-Curtis shared her beautiful voice with the guests.
I have been able to be a part of the special day of so many couples who decided to make a commitment to each other; I am going to share with you some photos of those couples who came to Stonehurst Farm to have a lovely, romantic ceremony. Several came to Stonehurst Farm for their nuptials with just the two of them; others came with family members and friends. I want to thank my Beloved, Carl, for taking photos for me and for being my best friend. I hope you enjoy seeing the wonderful people who have come here for their celebration.
This wonderful couple met about seven years ago at their work and have been together ever since! Jessica and Candy have two wonderful children and a third one on the way! These two people love each other and their children deeply. They help to make the world a better place.
"Today is a celebration. A celebration of love, of commitment, of friendship, of family, and of two people who found each other and who want to spend the rest of their lives together. The marriage ceremony has been an important feature across nearly every culture, religion, generation, and society."
How quickly time goes by....and, I have been derelict about posting the ceremonies I was privileged to do in the past few months. It is such an honor to be a part of people's celebrations as they begin their married lives together. Below are some of the couples I had the privilege of marrying here at Stonehurst Farm this past October.
Marvita, the bride at Stonehurst Farm on October 29th, first contacted me about performing her ceremony the end of August. She and her beloved Rodney first met 17 years ago and the end of October was the right time for them to get married. They wanted Psalms 91 to be included in their ceremony and I was glad to do that for them. I wish for this beautiful couple to have many happy years together.
Bethany, the lovely bride, first contacted me this past March to officiate her marriage to Ryan. They were wonderful to work with, thoughtful in their selections for readings and their vows, mindful of the importance of what they were doing in this commitment to spend the rest of their lives together. It was an honor to be a part of their special day.
I was first contacted by this wonderful couple this past February to help them create a ceremony that reflected how they met (the bride's daughter met her future stepdad where she worked and thought he would be perfect for her mom), the joy in their time together, their love of the outdoors, of traveling. Sherri and Andrew began talking to one another by phone in January of '09 and finally met in person four months later. And, the time they spent taking walks around Lake Lanier deepened their ability to communicate heart-to-heart, dating, spending as much time together as possible, deepened into an abiding friendship and deep love for one another; Sept. 12th was selected as the day for their ceremony. And, Oliver's Point at Lake Lanier Islands was the perfect spot for them to take the step to begin the rest of their lives together. It was a beautiful day for this precious couple to make their pledges to each other.
People ask me why I like weddings; I have a simple answer: I love HOPE! I look into my couple's eyes and I know how challenging life can be but I see hope and the promise to be there for each other through the many trials and experiences that come our way in this journey called life. Hope is the quality which can keep us on our path, that which will lead us to the higher aspects of our humanity.
And, speaking of hope, September came with the hint of cooler temperatures and the fun of UGA football! And, four wonderful couples came to Stonehurst Farm to share the hope and excitement of making a commitment to each other as they moved forward in life.
On September 1st, Jennifer and Thomas came to Stonehurst Farm to honor their hope to spend the rest of their lives together. They have been together fourteen years, live and work in the the Jefferson area. I enjoyed meeting them and being a part of their special day.
Suddenly, it was after Labor Day! Daylight was noticebly becoming less; temperatures were still in the upper 80's, low 90's. The drought continued. But, love is everywhere and this wonderful couple came to Stonehurst Farm to get married while on their way to the groom's assignment with the US Navy in Norfolk. Javonte and Bria met two years ago while on the job in the health care field in the Winder area; their love grew and the time for commitment came after Javonte joined the navy. This couple is precious and I wish for them joy and a peaceful world in their service to the country.
This next couple moved to Georgia from the Bay area of California; London first contacted me in August about performing the ceremony for the two of them. I forwarded to her a selection of readings and vows and ring exchanges to peruse and consider for the nuptials. She then decided I should be the one to create the couple's Sept. 14th ceremony! London was formerly with our military while her partner is in the healthcare field. I do hope they will be happy in Georgia and that their partnership will carry them forward as they make their way in life.
On September 16th, this couple, along with family members, came to Stonehurst Farm to have their wedding. Philizaire and Brittany have been together for several years and felt the time was right for them to say their "I do's" I so enjoyed meeting their families, especially those who came all the way up from Florida to participate in their special day.
I first met Tiffany this past March at a Starbucks in Athens to discuss her vision for the ceremony. She works as a nurse in one of the local hospitals; her dedication to her patients was obvious as we had our conversation. Plus, her Beloved Nick has been a tower of strength and support as she made her way through nursing school and began her career.
Since their wedding was during the hot and humid month of August, Tiffany and Nick selected a beautiful venue, Walnut Hill Farm in Jefferson, for their celebration. Walnut Hill is easy to get to, is rustic, vintage, charming, beautiful and has great owners, Ricky and Lynn. Plus, I had the privilege and honor to work with the amazing coordinator, Kelsey Tyner, of https://www.facebook.com/MrsAssistEvents/.
Tiffany and Nick first met over six years ago and soon became a couple shortly after their initial meeting. Tiffany began her nursing studies in Savannah but the long distance between her and Nick, who was a student at UGA, was a challenge! She returned to north central Gerogia and pursued her studies while Nick continued his in Athens. After becoming more settled in their careers, they became engaged last December and set their date for August 20th of this year. Both Tiffany and Nick have deep admiration and respect for each other, for their hopes and dreams. Both enjoy the outdoors, spending time with their dog, being with their friends and families. It was a joy to be a part of their special day!
This year is going by so quickly! August was a busy month for us at Stonehurst Farm---I had two trips to Tennessee during which I had an opportunity to see some friends in West and in Middle Tennessee that I have not seen in a long time. My (only biological) niece had a bridal brunch with family members from both her side and her finance's side in Dickson the first part of August; the end of August, both Carl and I traveled up to the Nashville area for my niece's wedding. And, four wonderful couples came to the farm to get married during this month; we enjoyed meeting all of them and are grateful for the opportunity to share in their happiness. And, of course, the pets in our lives often get involved in greeting those who come to Stonehurst Farm....
This precious, hard-working couple have a beautiful family; Jaime and Carmen have been together several years and decided it was time to make their commitment to each other "official." Carl and I wish for them the best in all areas of their lives as they continue their journey together.
Shortly after Carmen and Jaime's ceremony, I headed up to West Tennessee for several days; a few days after I returned back to Jefferson, I received a telephone call from Sydney who asked me if I could do a ceremony for her and her Beloved on that day, August 19th. Fortunately, I was at home and able to come up with a ceremony which included lyrics from the bride's favorite song, "Love Me Tender."
This next couple met at their place of employment in Gainesville; I felt honored to be a part of their special day because my daughter-in-love recommended me to them! Emmett's work had him back home in the States for a few weeks and August 24th was the perfect day for Iko and Emmett to say their "I do's."
My next couple met one year ago when her daughter, who is an engineering major at Georgia Tech, decided her mom needed to meet a nice guy and put her mom's profile on an Internet dating site! Well, the algorithms did their magic and connected Jim and Choo Fong...and, the rest is history! This couple, her daughter, his son and his family, plus some friends came to Stonehurst Farm on Friday, August 26th, for their ceremony. Love is the thread which connects us all.
Did you know the Winder Community Center is a wonderful location for a wedding ceremony and reception? I believe the photos that my Beloved Carl took of Connie and Cesar's wedding will showcase what a lovely venue it is!
Cesar and Connie met over eight years ago and said their "I do's" this past July 23rd. Families and friends helped out with the decorating, the food for the reception---it was all about "community" as this couple celebrated the love they have for each other and for their handsome son. Everyone was kind and gracious to us and made us feel welcome!
July was a busy, busy month---the 4th of July holiday and celebration, a family reunion, and then several couples came to Stonehurst Farm to have their celebrations of love and commitment to one another. Carl and I had such a wonderful time being a part of these special moments with the wonderful couples, their friends and families.
The first couple, Candace and Sam, met at their place of employment three years ago and became a couple a year later. They worked with me to select their readings and vows and it was a joyful morning on July 8th when they had their ceremony in the pergola.
July 16th was a special day at Stonehurst Farm for two precious couples. The first couple to say their nuptials that day were Carlene and Gabriel:
Shortly after Carlene and Gabriel's ceremony, Garrett, Ashley, and members of their family came to Stonehurst Farm to celebrate the love that Ashley and Garrett have for one another and for the precious baby girl on its way! Enjoy the photos of their celebration!
On July 18th, I had the privilege of meeting Heather, Isaac, and her family when they came to Stonehurst Farm to have their ceremony. This precious couple met while in middle school and obviously had cared for one another for several years. They requested to have the lyrics from the Randy Travis's song, "Forever and Ever, Amen" for one of their readings. And, that is what I wish for them as they proceed forward as a couple!
On July 22nd, Ronnie and Joanne came to Stonehurst Farm to have their ceremony performed in Georgia before going to South Carolina to have a celebration with their families! I found them to be a delightful pair and wish for them all the best.
On July 25th, I was happy to be a part of the special day for Crystal and James; they are just wonderful people! They are solid, down-to-earth, caring people, good parents. We enjoyed talking with them and their families immensely.
Sunday, July 31st, was very warm....but the love shared between Laura and Richard was warmer still and overflowed to their children and other family members! Laura's dress was lovely; Richard and the children were color-coordinated, all wearing various shades of pink! It was a beautiful site! Please take a few seconds to enjoy this couple's ceremony as you peruse the photos from Stonehurst Farm.