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Natalie Paige Black - Raymond Patrick Blaney

Natalie Paige Black became the bride of Raymond Patrick Blaney at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Red Apple Inn and Country Club in Heber Springs. Michael Black, cousin of the bride, officiated.


The bride is the daughter of Robin and James Black of Collierville, Tenn. Her grandparents are the late Virginia Smith Atkison and the late Barbara and Charles R. Black Jr., all of Corning.


Natalie Paige Blaney


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The groom is the son of Raymond and the late Lynda Blaney of Heber Springs. He is the grandson of Glenda and the late Paul Pratt of Bradford and the late Gladys Blaney of Mountain Home.


Two large arrangements of white hydrangeas, white roses, dendrobium orchids and curly willow marked the ceremony site. Music was by vocalist Bentley Black, brother of the bride. Guests were seated by Calvin Millner of Heber Springs, Brian Spence of Little Rock and Joseph Buchman of Jonesboro.


The bride wore an off-white trumpet-style gown. The draped tulle bodice had a sweetheart neckline and was embellished with feathers. The tulle skirt, covered in organza petals, had a dropped waist with an off-centered silver-and-white gemstone applique. She carried a bouquet of white dahlias, hydrangeas, orchids and freesia. A bouquet charm belonging to the bride's grandmother was tied to the bouquet.


A reception, also at Red Apple Inn and Country Club, followed the ceremony. The buffet held a large urn filled with white hydrangeas, roses and bells of Ireland. The guest tables were decorated with garlands of foliage and low glass cubes filled with white hydrangeas, freesia and snow on the mountain. Music was by Al Paris and the Heartbreakers.


The bride is a graduate of Arkansas Academy of Hair Design in Jonesboro. She is an honor graduate from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles and has a bachelor's degree in beauty marketing. She is a hairdresser at Fringe Benefits Salon.


The groom has a bachelor's degree in business management from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He is a catastrophe insurance adjuster.


The couple will make their home in Little Rock after a honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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The Wedding Trend: Funeral Homes as Wedding Venues

Getting married can be quite a stress for couples, especially about the expenses. It can get so expensive to walk down the aisle. The wedding trend now has couples walking down the aisle in funeral homes. The idea has been accepted: funeral homes as wedding venues. Couples get more than 50% savings compared to usual wedding locations. The wedding site lists wedding venues in Indiana at almost $ 10,000. Community Life Center, which sits on cemetery land and is near a funeral home, offers wedding venue for only $ 4,000.


Those who have tried it shared their stories. Some thought it was morbid. Some called it matrimony in mortuary. Some asked the question, 'will there be dead bodies in the room?' But the number of those choosing this option is growing. Like one bride says, '"It felt like a place of love and just bright happy joy on that day, it really did".


This set-up with funeral homes started about 5 years ago, but did not really take off. But these days, it has become quite a trend that some funeral homes are booked for weddings already up to 2016.


The Wedding Trend: Funeral Homes as Wedding Venues


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This novel idea has become the saving grace for funeral homes. More people are choosing cremation. This option, however, means lesser profit for mortuaries. The penny-pinching ways have also affected traditional wedding venues. Couples now are more practical about costs, and many wedding venues have closed shop due to bad economy. Meanwhile, funeral homes had nowhere to go. While there are still deaths, there would always be funeral homes. And now, while there are weddings, there also remain the funeral homes.


Funeral homes as wedding venues have become acceptable not only for the cost, but also for its availability. There are bigger chances of the halls being available. Also, most homes have the setting couples want in their weddings - marble floors, chandelier, and wide grounds. They like that the wedding ceremony itself and the reception can be done in just one place.


As the report states, the younger generation seems to have no stigma over death.


Although, of course, the funeral homes make sure there are no caskets and urns in sight during the ceremony. And the graveyard not so visible to the wedding party. But as trends go, some couples intentionally make sure the gravestones are seen in the background of their photos. Whatever rocks your wedding boat.

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Katherine Vaz and Christopher Cerf: Kermit Will Attend

The bride wore white. The groom wore Kermit the Frog.The smiling face of the green amphibian dotted Christopher Bennett Cerf’s tie, as he stood next to Katherine Anne Vaz while their marriage rite was read to them in the leaf-strewn garden behind the townhouse they share on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.


As each word was pronounced, Mr. Cerf’s smile seemed to inch wider, competing with the Muppet’s for biggest grin. Next to him Ms. Vaz listened intently as their friend, the former editor and publisher of The Nation magazine Victor Navasky, led the ceremony with the assistance of Emily Jane Goodman, a former justice of State Supreme Court in Manhattan. As the proceedings moved along, the bride’s patchwork, tea-length wedding dress swayed slightly in the breeze.


“Christopher asked me to be funny,” said Mr. Navasky, who had been ordained by the Church of Spiritual Humanism previously to officiate his daughter’s wedding. “Katherine asked me to be serious,” he said. “Sounds to me like they are already married.”The Sunday morning ceremony was the culmination of a relationship built on fun, as filled with jokes, pranks and humor as are the bookshelves in their home on East 62nd Street.



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Though neither has children, their library, in which the guests clustered before the ceremony outdoors, could be the envy of any toddler: filled with picture books featuring creatures like the rapscallion Cat in the Hat and the benevolent Big Bird.Mr. Cerf, 73, is a son of the late Bennett Cerf, a founder of the publishing company Random House, which counted Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, as an early star author, and where the younger Mr. Cerf began his career working as an editor. His mother, Phyllis Cerf Wagner, worked closely with Mr. Geisel, but not always easily. In herobituary in The New York Times, Mr. Cerf said: “They had some disagreements which were memorable. They were both perfectionists and would argue about every comma that went on the page.”


Perhaps perfectionism runs in the family; for all his appearance of freewheeling fun, amphibian neckties notwithstanding, Mr. Cerf, Mr. Navasky said, is a “secret pedant.”


Everyone with an address on Sesame Street is close to Mr. Cerf, who wrote or co-wrote more than 300 songs for the show. The golden gramophone-shaped Grammy Awards gleaming from the fireplace mantelpiece on the first floor of the townhouse, near where guests sipped grapefruit Perrier and ate fresh fruit before the ceremony began, are testament to his long career, which includes such playground hits as “Put Down the Duckie.”


But interspersed among the playful books are tomes of a more serious nature: They are the works of Ms. Vaz, 59, who has written extensively on the Portuguese-American experience, including two novels, with far darker tones than the stuff penned by Mr. Cerf, the president of Sirius Thinking, a company that creates interactive learning tools for young students. And he is an author of various books on language with Henry Beard, of the National Lampoon magazine, which Mr. Cerf helped start.


Yet to paint the couple standing beneath a bower of slightly dripping trees — having hastily moved their wedding from the rose garden in Central Park to the flagstone patio at home because of predicted bad weather that fortunately failed to materialize — as a yin and yang of fun versus serious would be incorrect.


“We’re both just two big kids,” Ms. Vaz said in an interview before the wedding, as she worked on the relocation details. “That’s why it works.” (At the ceremony, a friend, Sean Kelly, said of Mr. Cerf: “He’s like a 5-year-old. It’s a compliment.”)


Ms. Vaz added: “It’s not just a fun-and-games household, it’s just a quiet loving. We have reached an age where we have a lot of joy together. Joy is a serious thing. He and I were really alone for a long time, so this is kind of, ‘Oh, my God, life has given us this incredible gift,’ and we take it very seriously.”


When they must travel to the many conferences at which one is invited to speak, the other will invariably tuck among the folded clothing a tacky figurine, to be discovered later. It is one of the many in-jokes the couple share, references to which they are constantly leaving for each other around the house.


They are “jokes that no one else gets, but we find hilarious,” Mr. Cerf said, filling the relationship with levity. But the pair also respect solitude, as two writers must, often retreating to separate rooms to write, with a deep understanding that such seclusion is part of their work — something Mr. Cerf said was lacking in his other relationships.


“Love means being the guardian of each other’s solitude,” Ms. Vaz said.Their first date was in 2007 at a book party — at Bellevue Hospital, a site weird enough to intrigue Mr. Cerf, who had initially become intrigued with Ms. Vaz 22 years earlier.


They had first been introduced at the home of Mr. Beard. Mr. Cerf recalled having spoken with Ms. Vaz about Portuguese dance and having found her ravishing.But that was as far as it went. They married other people, yet somehow they never forgot each other. Each had later divorced amicably, before being reintroduced by a mutual friend.


After the hospital date, they carried on to the literary hangout, Elaine’s, now closed, where they talked for hours, then, unexpectedly, kissed madly before parting.Ms. Vaz recalled, “I sat on the edge of my bed afterward and realized my life had just changed.” Then the phone rang. It was Mr. Cerf. He felt it, too.


Mr. Cerf said Ms. Vaz radiates kindness, in life and work. “She once showed me a letter a student wrote saying how Katherine’s generosity and love had changed her life, and it almost made me cry, because it’s so true that she has that effect on people, certainly on me,” Mr. Cerf said.


Of their former marriages, Ms. Vaz, in an email, wrote: “Neither of us regard a past marriage as a mistake. In fact, my ex, Michael, was instrumental in helping me organize the paperwork I needed to obtain the license to marry Chris, because he has always cheered me on. We’ve been apart over 10 years, but it was a matter of deciding with true affection to allow each other to go in different directions. His ex-wife, Genevieve, helped us clear out parts of our house to help me move in.”


Their wedding took place on the anniversary of their first date, the first day of summer. It was also Father’s Day, chosen in homage to Ms. Vaz’s father, August Mark Vaz, who died two years earlier. Her chin trembled when Mr. Navasky mentioned her father’s name. Beyond her, in the small crowd, stood her brother-in law, Jon Goodfellow, wearing the same necktie Mr. Vaz had worn on his own wedding day.


The ceremony was a mix of poetry and Portuguese: Ms. Vaz wore a custom dress that was a blend of different fabrics, chunks of lace and linen falling beneath a sweetheart neckline. At the hem, she had asked the designer, Mary Adams, a New York-based couturier, to incorporate swatches of antique doilies and a pillowcase that had been a family heirloom, into which a matriarch had stitched the words “I love you very much” in pink, in Portuguese. The words trailed Ms. Vaz down the curving metal staircase as she descended from an upper floor to the garden level for the ceremony. Mr. Cerf beamed from below as he watched her spiral down the stairs.


The role of paparazzi was played by Phil Donahue, the former talk show host, who snapped photos incessantly with his iPhone at the direction of his wife, the actress and activist Marlo Thomas, who had collaborated on an album and a book with Mr. Cerf.


The ceremony was followed by a reception in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s patrons lounge, where guests listened to some of Mr. Cerf’s songs liltingly plucked by a harpist. Guests marveled at what the couple had seemed to achieve, beyond all others: a life of continuous laughter, now solemnized on a Sunday that in the end turned out to be a sunny one.“They will have a laugh-filled life,” Ms. Thomas said. “And I think that’s the cushion of life, after all.”

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