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Karen and Michelle | Unitarian Universalist Wedding in North Carolina

“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Karen, who was smart and organized and liked to wear glasses and read books.  And there was another girl named Michelle, who was also very smart, but a different kind of smart.  She might not have been as organized, but she was full of joy and contagious energy and enthusiasm for life and was very fun to be around.  One day, Karen and Michelle met and it didn’t take them long to realize that when they were together they became something big and wonderful and perfect, and made each other better than they were before.  And they gave each other rings and made promises to each other and that was good.  But after a while, they decided that their love was very big and amazing, and that it should be honored by having a public celebration.  So they decided to be married.  What they didn’t realize until then was how much their love and togetherness had inspired everyone around them, and on their wedding day, their church was filled with all the people who believed in them and were inspired by them.  Here’s the story of that day.

So that’s the story of Michelle and Karen and their laughter filled wedding day.  And their surprise goose-guests.  Thank you Karen and Michelle for inviting me to be a part of your magical story.  Getting to know you over the past few months has been a blast, and I want to wish you both many more years of love, joy, and happiness.  You two are amazing.


Karen and Michelle’s Creative Team

Food: Neomonde’s, a Lebanese restaurant in Raleigh
Invitations, thank you notes: e.m. papers
Website: Glosite
Cake: friends
Karen’s dress: Diane Brache (etsy)


Amanda Summerlin

Amanda Summerlin

Artist and Explorer at Amanda Summerlin Photography
Hello. My name is Amanda. I make neat pictures of nice people, drink coffee and whiskey (sometimes at the same time), and travel. I love traveling so much, I won't charge you any travel fees to photograph your wedding. Check out my travel info page for all the details. And see my blog for all the cool photos.
Amanda Summerlin

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  • Kara - WOW these pictures are absolutely beautiful! I love every one of them, each one was
    absolutely glowing, amazing and perfect. Thank you for sharing them with me!ReplyCancel

  • Joann - These are beautiful pictures. Congratulations to Karen and Michelle! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Becky Floyd - THANKS so much for sharing. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a more joyous wedding. Now you have some of the best pictures I’ve seen to treasure.

    Becky FloydReplyCancel

  • Abby Donnelly - Karen and Michelle

    What a beautiful reminder of the celebration of your love and life together.

    And Amanda is an amazing photographer!


  • Sharin Francis - Such a radiant wedding couple and joyful celebration. Thanks for posting these photos of your FESTIVE wedding, and thanks even more for sharing that day with all of us who love you both and wish you much happiness.

  • Real Marriages | Karen and Michelle - […] about their relationships and share their thoughts with us as part of our Real Marriages series. Karen and Michelle were married (a couple of times.. haha) in 2014, and Karen has written this thoughtful piece and […]ReplyCancel

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