I have to say I was a little surprised Gina and Charlie's wedding began on time, but I needn't have been. I should have long since learned never to correlate the rehearsal with the wedding.
Unfortunately, Gina had a little preparation mishap that resulted in a slightly late start to the rehearsal the evening before. I think her mom felt we started later than we actually did, but it was only about a fifteen minute delay. That is a rehearsal that is essentially on time! Gina is extremely gracious and accommodated a hiccup in my schedule agreeing to a late rehearsal so we did this in the dark. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were a wonderfully boisterous group which can make for a challenging rehearsal, but one heck of a good time.
When I arrived on-site for the wedding, everything looked pretty much under control so it was essentially a matter of just bouncing back and forth between Charlie and Gina to determine when everyone was ready to begin.
Gina gave me a little heads up about the dress so I kept a close eye on Charlie to see his reaction when he saw her for the first time. What an amazing and striking red bridal gown! Gina has exactly the right coloring to pull it off.
Their spiritual wedding included a family sand ceremony to involve her little boy and his little girl, who look like they are full brother and sister by the way. Charlie and Gina were attended by a best man, maid of honor, three groomsmen, three bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids, a flower girl and a ring bearer. I have to thank the maid of honor, Bri, for recommending me to Gina and Charlie. I officiated Bri's wedding several years ago at the Crowne Plaza. Referrals are the highest compliment!
Couples like Gina and Charlie are why I love this part of my ministry so much. They were a joy to work with and seem so right for each other.
Photo Attributes: All photos are courtesy of Vivianne Bonsall Photography, who always captures Porcher House weddings so beautifully!
Rev. Ann Fuller
The commentary on this blog is my own opinion developed over years of officiating a wide range of wedding sizes and styles. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have.