11.9.08 Eagle’s Nest Heather & John


Heather and John’s wedding caught the last of autumn’s spectacular foliage with the unparalleled views from the Eagle’s Nest. The hills lit up a brilliant scarlet and orange against the blue sky at sunset.

The ceremony was held on the porch overlooking that view. Guests awaited Heather’s arrival in the brisk air as Jeff performed his piece, “Union” for her walk down the aisle. There was much giggling and humor amongst the bridal party during Father Rich’s ceremony, and the flower girl played peek-a-boo with Jeff around his guitar.

The sun came out twice during the ceremony; once for Heather’s walk down the aisle and again just as Heather and John were exchanging vows. Father Rich delivered a powerful, impassioned sermon and pronounced them husband and wife.

Heather chose subtle fall colors for her wedding. The girls wore chocolate brown dresses with gold sashes and the tables were decorated with orange and yellow orchids with the added texture of the branches. Maryann from Flowers on the Porch did an expert job interpreting Heather’s fall wedding vision.

The newlyweds took extra care to entertain their guests by practicing a choreographed First Dance surprise. The medley we created started innocently enough with “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. Then, a painful record scratch (I swear John’s father looked ready to kill us!) before slamming into “Apache” by the Sugarhill Gang, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and “Thriller,” as Heather and John danced their way through several songs before ending with Soulja Boy and sliding back into the remaining verses of the Aerosmith song.

It takes guts to pull off a First Dance Surprise, but the guests LOVED it. Heather’s father laughed as hard as I did, watching the two of them go through their routine.

What a loving family! The ring bearer, Anthony, dedicated “Angel” by SarahMaclachlan to his Aunt Heather and Uncle John, because he, “wanted them to have something nice.”


They did have something nice: an unbelievable wedding surrounded by the love and fun of their closest family and friends.

Ulysses and Jenni did such a phenomenal job with the engagement photos of Heather and John in their guest book that I can’t wait to see their photos of the wedding!

The Eagle’s Nest

Flowers by Flowers on the Porch

Officiant Father Rich

Photos by Ulysses Photography

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