The Garden Wedding

In one of my December posts, I announced that my son Joel and his lovely fiance Amanda had gotten married in a civil ceremony at the courthouse in uptown Charlotte. Well, this past Sunday, May 20, 2012, they renewed their vows in a garden wedding at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina.

The botanical garden is a beautiful place and has flowers of every kind blooming and there are several water features.  It was a quaint little wedding ceremony with relatives and close friends attending.  Amanda made an absolutely beautiful bride and Joel was most handsome, but then I’m a little prejudice about him.  Sherri, Amanda’s mom, made the bridal bouquet, the matron of honor’s bouquet, and all the boutonnières for the guys.  They were all so gorgeous; she did a wonderful job.

The wedding took place on this little bridge so that’s where Joel, his best man and best friend Brent Kornegay, and the minister waited. There was a young man playing guitar and singing before and after the ceremony.  Amanda’s father, Jim, walked her into the wedding area and everyone was so moved by their entrance.  Of course all of us were trying to take the most perfect picture of them. The ceremony was not long; they repeated their special vows to one another and also exchanged rings.

I am so happy to say that my little sister and her roommate Val, made it to the wedding.  Cheryl had attended a conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and had to drive to Charlotte from the Atlanta airport on Saturday afternoon. I didn’t get to visit with her for very long, but I sure was glad she got here. Anyway, when the photographer started taking pictures of the wedding party, I gave her my camera so she could take the same pictures as the photographer.

After we finished with the pictures, everyone headed for Indian Trail, North Carolina, where the reception was held. Amanda’s Aunt Dot made the wedding cake which was in the shape of a panda.  Katy, Amanda’s sister, ordered the topper which was two little pandas.  Not only did Sherri make all the flowers, she also made the centerpieces for the reception. We good ole moms prepared the food for the reception.  But it was a labor of love for both of us and we would do it again for our wonderful children.

Joel and Amanda are now in Jamaica enjoying their honeymoon and all of our best wishes are with them.  They are a perfect pair and I am so thankful that Joel has Amanda in his life.  And you know something – I kinda like her too.

See ya next Wednesday.