A Garden Wedding

Very dear friends of ours who live in Pennsylvania recently married their daughter in their beautiful garden. This is a garden of about five acres in a rural setting, some wooded, some open and sunny. As anyone can imagine, they wanted the garden to be at its peak of perfection. They succeeded. Oriental lilies were a theme of the proceedings, and they were stupendous.
The rudbeckias cooperated also.
The sunny border was awash in color from purple phlox, red monarda, lush grasses, cool evergreens and the yellow black eyed susans along with lilies in every bed. As you gardeners know too well, a garden like this doesn’t just happen because you want to have a wedding in it. This is a result of more than thirty years of intense cultivation, editing and design. I had never seen it look better. Other wedding guests who had never been there before were overwhelmed by the beauty of the setting.

Not just ornamentals are grown there. The raspberries still on the vines were offered as a snack for the wandering wedding guests.

The blueberries were part of the menu as well. Pick your own, warm from the sun and pop them into your mouth. Try and not get any juice on your pretty clothes as your mouth forms a smile that won’t stop from the sweetness.
I was wearing a black dress, at one time a no no for wedding attire, but it hides blueberry stains well.

Inside a fairy tale tent, the dessert table was set with sawed logs of white birch and cherry to hold cakes, pastries and assorted goodies. The theme was rustic meets elegant, note the lace tablecloth under the pieces of wood.

Fine china with a gold trim held lavender sprigs from their garden on the table settings.

Here is the site for the ceremony. In the background is Knob Mountain. The arbor was built for the occasion and the look was awe inspiring.

We had better get to our seats. Here comes the horse drawn carriage with the wedding party inside.

The proud father of the bride and his beautiful daughter walked down a carpet of velvet grass strewn with rose petals by the three little flower girls. He also performed the marriage, being a certified reverend via the internet. He wore many hats that day.

The bride in her dancing clothes enjoys a spin with the youngest flower girl, the other two are dancing together in the background.

No wedding should be considered a success without a male showing off his special steps. Ring bearer and nephew of the bride was a big hit with the onlookers with these moves.
To our friends, thank you so much for including us in your special day. Everything about this wedding was wonderful. Love filled the air.

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45 Responses to A Garden Wedding

  1. Nancy J. Bond says:

    Can you imagine a more exquisite venue for a wedding? Beautiful!

  2. Frances, says:

    Hi Nancy J., It was indeed perfect. There was a forecast of thunderstorms, but the weather was sunny and clear the view of the mountain as the backdrop will be remembered forever of this happy day.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Oh my gosh. This is just beautiful. A wedding that the bride and groom will never forget.

    Frances I don’t think black is a no no for weddings any more. Everyone wears black any time now. It is like the winter whites. White is acceptable during winter.

    Those blue berries and raspberries looked good. No wonder you couldn’t resist.

  4. Frances, says:

    Hi Lisa, it was so lovely. There were several others in black as well, mostly young women though, who had never heard of that rule. A good thing about black is the way spills disappear. ;->

  5. Meems says:

    Okay you are talking my language now (ex-event planner) and I am completely smitten. Outdoor wedding in your own garden… no, in FIVE acres of your own beautifully appointed gardens! Sigh, sigh, sigh. And YOU, my dear, have captured it exquisitely if only a few frames you have shown us! That view to the altar… I’m swooning. The tent with rustic meets elegant, birch logs for lifting desserts, lace and sprigs of lavender… very fine, Miss Frances!!! Martha Stewart’s got nothing on your friends.

    Very fine feast for the soul this afternoon… thanks.

  6. Frances, says:

    Oooh, a wedding planner Meems? Cool. There was one on the premises to handle any coordination problems. The parents and bride had been working so hard to make this event just right, and it was. The setting is something we have loved about going to visit these friends over many years. We used to live in the same town with them for eleven years, my husband was born and raised there. All my kids were born there too. We were married there in fact. A lovely small town surrounded by hills and farms. I agree, Martha would have been impressed by the simplicity. With that view, it needed no more embellishment.

  7. Gail says:


    What an enchanting wedding…I like the rustic meets elegant theme..it seems they pulled it off very well. Sensible too, not over the top! Did I say tasteful, I mean that too.

    The perennial bed is classic and could adorn the pages of Fine Gardening Magazine…I’ve been back to look and enlarge it three times! Nic photos btw!

    It must have been hard to move away from a lovely community after 11 years…and how nice to have n occasion to visit.


  8. Frances, says:

    Hi Gail, thanks. It was very hard to move, my husband’s parents lived there and we moved so far away, to southern California. We had many friends, his friends from high school, new friends, we knew nearly everyone in town. Many things would be different about our lives if we had stayed there these many years. Never look back, though, as they say.

  9. Pam/Digging says:

    What sweet and lovely images. It sounds like a wonderful wedding and a perfect setting.

  10. Frances, says:

    Hi Pam, thanks. It was all that and more.

  11. Perennial Gardener says:

    What a beautiful setting for a wedding. The garden was gorgeous and I loved the rustic arch and horsedrawn carriage.

  12. Anna says:

    So amazing and thank you for sharing. I love the mountain backdrop—the hill of flowers–and the theme. It was stunning.

  13. tina says:

    That border is to die for! My dream garden and such a great backdrop for a wedding. My daughter is getting married next year….hmmmmm, maybe a garden wedding? In PA at your friend’s house? Just kidding. I always try to be funny on here-is it working???

  14. Benjamin Vogt says:

    I’m just saying hi, mostly. That’s one heckuva a view–very lucky to live in a place like that, and to be able to visit, AND to have a wedding there. Some day…. Wish my rudbeckia looked like these–mine have that fungal disease that turns the leaves black and then they fall off (which means I should clean the garden up better this fall).

  15. DP Nguyen says:

    What a beautiful place for a wedding. I wish I could have been there to much on the blueberries and raspberries~ yum!

  16. Frances, says:

    Hi Perennial Gardener, thanks and welcome. It was a well thought out wedding and went off without a hitch.

    Hi Anna, thanks, the scenic view behind the ceremony was something, wasn't it?

    Hi Tina, who wouldn't want to be married in such a spot? She is a lucky girl, in many ways, to grow up in a spot like that. The garden is mature and has been lovingly tended for many years with skilled hands. Yes, you are very funny. ;->

    Hi Benjamin, thanks for stopping by. It is an idyllic spot, with or without the wedding. We always enjoy visiting and talking garden stuff with them. Too bad about your rudbeckias, that sounds bad. Do you need to start over with them in a new spot perhaps?

    Hi DP, the fruits were sweet and wonderful. How many weddings can boast of pick yourself fruit?

  17. Cinj says:

    What a great place for a wedding! Also a neat fact that dad could perform his own daughter’s wedding. It doesn’t happen too often I’m sure.

    Looks like a fun time was had by all.

    I love the fact that you could hide blueberry juice on your dress. Maybe I sould have been wearing brown pants today….

  18. lola says:

    What a gorgeous view for a wedding. The whole area was ideal & so romantic. What more could anyone want for their special day. Even the snacks were ideal. AND, A horse drawn carriage!!!!!! Memories for a life time.

  19. Dave says:

    What a perfect setting! That looked like a nice flat space for the ceremony. That sunny border looked fantastic! It looks like everyone had a good time.

  20. Skeeter says:

    I like puffy white clouds and all but I hope this place is what heaven looks like…
    A perfect spot for a wedding indeed. Love the entire set up! The little fella kicking up his heels is adorable! More pictures please..

    Pass the blueberries!

  21. Aunt Debbi/kurts mom says:

    What a dream of a wedding venue. Everything looks just lovely.

  22. Frances, says:

    HI Cinj, thanks for stopping by. The father also married his son a couple of years ago, the reason he got the certification. Brown pants? Tell us more! ;->

    Hi Lola, thanks, glad you enjoyed it. A beautiful day and wonderful friends, it was perfect.

    Hi Dave, thanks. Even though there are hills and valleys around the area, the house and grounds are fairly flat, unlike Tennessee!

    Hi Skeeter, I agree with you completely, that place is heaven. Those were the best of the non people pics. The rest are more along the line of portraits. The whole family looked beautiful, it helps of course when you are so good looking to start with! I think I forgot to mention that people were invited to ride in the carriage after the ceremony. I rode twice!

  23. Frances, says:

    Hi Debbie, thanks for visiting and welcome. Sorry this is out of order, blogger sometimes mistakes first time commentors for junk! The audacity of that blogger! That could not be more wrong, could it? Most everyone agreed that the venue was the best they had ever seen, and it was their own home and garden. Incomparable perfection!

  24. Laurie Fischer says:

    That was beautiful. Like a princess getting married in a fairy take wedding. Loved it!

  25. Yolanda Elizabet says:

    I don’t think there is a better place for getting married than in such a lovely garden like this one. I hope their marriage will be just as enchanting and fruitful as this garden is.

    BTW good thinking re the black dress. 😉

  26. Frances, says:

    Hi Laurie, thanks, I agree. All weddings should be like a fairy tale with a princess and her prince living happily ever after.

    Hi YE,thanks. Garden weddings seem so in touch with nature, and having it be the garden she was born and grew up in had to be the best. They are both wonderful people and so in love, it bodes well for their future.

  27. Katarina i Kullavik says:

    What a perfect setting for a romantic wedding!

  28. garden girl says:

    Frances, what an awesome, elegant, memorable, dream-come-true wedding in a gorgeous setting with loving attention to every detail! Congratulations to the happy couple.

  29. Bobbi says:

    What a wonderful site for a wedding! Lovely – the photos were fabulous!

  30. Robin's Nesting Place says:

    They ought to rent out their property for weddings. It is the perfect setting! It looks like everyone was having fun.

  31. Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com says:

    Hi, Frances, lovely, lovely, lovely. And what a wonderful summer destination–among old friends who share your love of gardening! Very dear.

  32. Rhonda says:

    So very pretty..I have always hoped that my son will marry in my garden. Thanks for sharing these photos.

  33. Frances, says:

    Hi Katarina, thanks for stopping by. Wasn’t it a great spot?

    Hi Linda, thanks. Attention to detail was it, the bride had spreadsheets.

    Hi Bobbi, thanks. It was easy to find good shots with a setting like that.

    Hi Robin, while wonderful, the stress involved with putting such an event on was not something they would want to do again. One shot deal. But you are right, it was ideal.

    Hi Kathryn, thanks. As is usually the case, we hardly got to visit with our friends, so many relatives and others there. And they were so gracious to each and every one.

    Hi Rhonda, thanks and welcome. I would like to know where you are in TN, we are close to the mountains also.

  34. Philip Bewley says:

    What a beautiful site. You are so right that a garden like that border does not happen overnight. Planning and care over a long period. I wish my small borders looked like that! i love the berries in the garden.
    Great fun to see!

  35. Frances, says:

    Hi Philip, thanks for stopping in. Looking at these photos makes me want to tear my border out and start over again. It did look just like something out of Fine Gardening magazine.

  36. Barbee' says:

    Oh, what a beautiful setting. I have never seen anything more beautiful than that long vista. Every detail is lovely, and the theme interesting. Thank you for taking us with you.

  37. Frances, says:

    Hi Barbee, thanks so much. Even though we had been there so many times, the arbor and chair set up brought home the beauty of it all. It was my pleasure to share it with all of you.

  38. joey says:

    Your artful eye indeed captured a memorable day … thanks for sharing, Frances.

  39. Frances, says:

    Hi Joey, how sweet of you, thanks so much.

  40. Roses and Lilacs says:

    Beautiful bride and a fairy tale setting. Everything looks perfect.

  41. Frances, says:

    Hi Marnie, she is a lovely girl and it was like a fairy tale. Thanks for dropping in.

  42. Blackswamp_Girl says:

    It does indeed look like a wonderful, fairy tale wedding! Congrats to the bride and the groom… and also to the woman who was smart enough to wear a black dress so she didn’t have to worry about blueberry stains. *grin*

  43. Frances, says:

    Hi Kim, thanks, this was the prettiest wedding I have ever attended. The black dress was just lucky. ;->

  44. garden says:

    You our “master gardener” friend have humbled us with your perfect presentation of Sara’s wedding day and our home grounds. I keep returning to the site just to smile!
    I will return to Faire Garden often to enjoy gardening through your eyes.
    Luv, Jane

  45. Frances, says:

    Hi Jane, nice blogger name. ;-> I hope you have fun reading the posts, not just the wedding one. I wish I was a master gardener, that is a program and award for taking classes and doing community gardening projects, so many hours, etc. I am just a gardener. Like you and Ed.

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