Leanne Marshall at London and Lace

The wedding ceremony was beautiful. It was short, sweet and very emotional. The love that these two had for one another could be seen from two streets over, and the love that the family and friends showed them only magnified it. The North Carolina coast is amazing, and it made one fantastic backdrop for Ann and Blake to exchange their vows. 

At the end of the ceremony, everyone moved to the tent for the announcements and reception. The southern delicacy of shrimp and grits were served in a brunch style. The guests all took their turns congratulating the newlyweds, while the live band played the soulful tunes of Motown that we all have come to know and love. When Ann and Blake took their first dance, the room became filled with smiles. But, when the bride and her father took their dance, I would venture to say that there was not a dry eye in the building. And when the bride convinced her dad to get back up and dance with her mom, the tears really began to flow.

Now, I am a traditional guy. I have seen many traditional weddings, with many traditional send offs. But, the send off that Ann and Blake had was second to none. It probably isn’t hard to guess where I am going with this, especially since the photo above gives it away. The send off that this happy couple had was on a boat, on the ocean. As I said in a previous post, this is almost a metaphor for life. The large expanse of the ocean represents the great unknown in life that all married couples face. The best thing about this unknown that we face, is that we do not have to face it alone. We have a partner that completes us in a way that nothing else could. That person beside us becomes our best friend, our champion and our biggest fan all rolled up into one. 

I truly believe that Ann and Blake have found that person in each other. The way that they look at each other, tells me that they got this. They have their commitment in life set, and they are ready for the world. That is a humbling lesson for us all. May we all continue to search and find the love that they have, and may we never forget how that love found us in the first place. We at London and Lace have loved being a part of Ann and Blake’s marriage, and wish them all of the luck we can muster. Congratulations to Ann Wells Clifton and Blake Farman! 😀