Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wedding Photos

Here are a few photos to document Saturday's historic wedding of my brother, Bud Howard, and Jamie, on my back porch. All photos by Lou Ann. Click on any image to enlarge.


The Floral Arrangement (from cousin Blanche's back yard):

The Officiant Preparing for the Event:

Bare Feet are an Island Tradition:

Reciting Their Vows:

The Kiss:

Sharing the Wedding Cupcakes:

"Best Man"? & Witness Mark with Bud:

Sister-in-law & Witness, Tana, with Jamie:

The Groom & the Officiant Hamming it up with Cousin Blanche at Howard's Pub:

Cousin Blanche & Philip:

Lachlan & Locke:

Lou Ann's Mama:

A Thorn Between Two Roses:


  1. Anonymous11:58 AM

    What a handsome couple.The bare feet tradition --now that is intriguing --where is it documented that this is a rite in the sacrament of marriage on the island? Also, those hydrangeas what is the secret ??? the sandy soil or coffee grounds or a special fertilizer or water everydayor the north side of the house flower bed -- how are such spectacular results achieved . thank you for responding. How are the July 4th festivities shaping up??

  2. Bare feet -- well it's not exactly a tradition, at least not in the strict sense of the word. However, it is not unusual for island brides and grooms to be bare footed, especially if they are married on the beach.

    The hydrangeas -- Blanche's look so much better than mine...but hers are in the shade, and mine are in the sun (in much poorer soil as well).

    July 4th Festivities -- look for a schedule soon.

  3. Anonymous10:29 PM

    Philip, are you an ordained minister, judge or constable? How do you get to perform weddings? Did I miss the explanation earlier?

    Either way, I think its great. Just curious!


  4. The state recognizes ordination by virtually any religious organization (which is only proper since the principle of separation of church and state is designed to prevent the entanglement of civil & religious organizations, and prevents the "establishment" of any church). Thus the state is very flexible is recognizing ministers. The minister of the tiny independent church in the mountains of NC is as authorized to perform weddings as the pope. I happen to have had several years of seminary training, but that is not important. The question is, By whose authority does one officiate at a wedding? The state rightly has little interference in this regard. In truth, no minister, judge, or magistrate "marries" anyone. Individuals pledge their vows to one another, and thus marry themselves. The officiant (if there is one...and there is no officiant in some traditions, e.g. the Religious Society of Friends) simply facilitates the marriage. A number of Ocracoke residents, including myself, have legitimate, if somewhat unconventional, credentials.

  5. Anonymous5:06 PM

    The photo of you, Buddy & cuz Blanche, just
    makes me smile!

  6. Anonymous11:30 PM


    WONDERFUL photos! Thank you--and your family--for sharing the special occasion with us. Also, after reading your blog for so long, it's nice to finally put some faces to the names we've come to know--especially cousin Blanche. It appears that a wonderful time was had by all. Congratulations to the bride and groom.

  7. Anonymous6:18 PM

    I have to agree with the last comments...Great to put faces with such well known names...Thanks again