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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