World travelers are a very special set. I know from experience! Finding a sense of place no matter where you are is key to happiness…and certain people are better with this skill than others. Priscillia, who works in the Aid and Development sector, was far from her native France in 2013. How far? Burundi, Africa! But that year the calendar held a very special date, in August; there was a wedding to attend in Budapest. There, Priscillia happened upon a man whose work and passions were the same as hers…and who was also far away from his birthplace. The stars aligned. Something just clicked.
Three years later, I look on with a joyous heart as Priscillia and David unite their lives here in the States. Their wedding took place in Southern Pines and Pinehurst, not far from where David grew up in Sanford. Family is so important to these two, David’s best man was his own father! At the reception, David spoke about how much he looks up to his dad as the man he ‘would like to become.’ A truly moving and beautiful moment. And the bride! I have to admit that I believe French women are naturally elegant, and Priscillia proved my theory with her every gesture. The musical sound of the French language graced the day, as the couples’ loved ones celebrated this very special union.
I am so happy for this kind and generous couple. Their relationship calls to mind an old saying: “home is where the heart is.” Whether their journeys are physically together or apart, they will always be at home in each other’s hearts.
It was a truly international celebration! Friends flew in from all over the world, the three ring-bearers hailed from France, the UK and Hungary. The two sweet flower girls were from Australia and the US!
No easy task to try to get three excited ring bearers and two flower girls to stand still for photos! So wonderful! Hehehe
As magical as the day was, it was not without challenges. There was a storm in the afternoon, and a tree came down on the power lines! But Ben from Carolina DJ Professionals soldiered on with a generator and the Country Club employees went above and beyond for the couple. At one point, Priscillia looked at me and said that having no power didn’t matter…they were getting married! And life and marriage are like that: not perfect. I strongly believe that when life throws us lemons, we have to make lemonade (ideally with as much grace and poise as Priscillia and David)!
Country Club of North Carolina Wedding
Ceremony: Community Congregational Church in Southern Pines | Reception and catering: Country Club of North Carolina | Florist (bouquet and corsages): Aldena Frye , the rest of the flowers are DIY with flowers from The Bouqs | Stationary: Rosemood | Cake Artist: The Bakehouse | Ceremony music: Organist : Danial Hester; Pianist: Susan Gaster; Guitares/song: Jack Gibb and Eric Caldwell | DJ for Reception: Ben Grandin from Carolina DJ Professionals | Make-up: Julie Robbins | Hair: Lindsay Pizzuti with Mirror Bomb Studio | Wedding Dressand veil: Pronovias | Shoes: Dune London | Bridesmaids dress: Sézane, Asos and Zara | Groom’s attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groomsmen’s attire: JCrew | Videographer: Thomas Blake Films