Low 60's, morning rain, light chill, and no sun appearance at all, but it didn't even matter. Okay so here we go. Finally after two days of a mental, physical and creative hangover (I'm speaking metaphorically, I don't drink) I am ready to post. So I suggest you find a comfy chair, grab your reading specs and maybe even a cup of tea because I've been preparing for this one for a while now. Here goes. (Warning, these are not the photographers photos these are mine. I took 254 photos with my Canon Rebel. Can you imagine how long my post will be when I get the professional ones? Can't wait!)
Below, my son, the Groom looking a bit nervous is helping the guys from Magpie Vintage deliver their vintage style chairs and farmhouse tables.
http://www.maggpievintagerentals.com/ Jason makes all these farmhouse tables and they paint and reupholster all the furniture like the settee below. Their website is absolutely breathtaking. They have appeared in many bridal magazines and country/farmhouse weddings.
Okay so your not seeing double, these two lovely elegant women below are a powerhouse team. The woman on the left is Designer and creative wonder, store owner Susan Taylor. The owner and creator of Black Eyed Susan's in Buckingham Pa. http://www.besusan.com/
Susan is a dear friend of mine and one of my mentors in design (next to Mary Carol Garrity, Caroyne Roehm and my personal friend KC Fitz-Maurice) Susan agreed to do our floral design and over all "wow factor" for the wedding. Along with Susan is her best friend Linda Giler.
So for months, me, the bride and mother gathered all our pretty pitchers, silver, crystal, and milk glass containers. We wanted this to be a mixture of everyone's treasures. And that's exactly what it was. We started with our individual china, vintage plates and glasses and things, vintage napkins, etc. And as we shared the thoughts with friends others decided to pitch in and lend us their things. Some gave pitchers, some lent candelabras, dishes, napkins, etc. It was overwhelmeing the amount of generosity we experienced once we had gathered everything together. All was carefully stored in my basement awaiting the special day. T + L 10 -11-14
Susan and Linda created this lovely and massive eucaliptis garland covered with my garden limelight hydrangeas. And as the Barn was finally done and transformed . . .
Below, a gift from the sweetest lady in the midwest, Mary Carol Garrity. She sent Liddy and Tim one of her hanging votive wreaths from her daughter's wedding which is featured in the book Stylish Weddings. So I found three more and duplicated them for the barn.
The barn began to glow.
The two women above I would like to take a moment to thank and tell you about them. The woman on the left in red is the mother of the bride's bestfriend. They grew up together and have photos together when they were literally babies. Her name is Ellen and she came to the wedding from Alberta Canada. (Teri she is close to you, hee hee) Anyway, after meeting her it only took two minutes to realize that she would be someone I would treasure for life. Ellen not only did absolutely everything, preparing flowers, cleaning my kitchen, setting up tables, taking photos (most of these are her photos) grilling, decorating, omgosh so so so much. I am so grateful to God for her and to Karen for bringing her here to spend these days with us. She was a Godsend. The woman to her right was Amy who was also someone Karen introduced me to. Amy was hired as our coordinator for the evening and boy was that a gift. She was wonderful. I am so blessed.
Now the entire time that we are working in the kitchen with the flowers, in the tent with the tables and dishes, in the barn with the lights and curtains, outside Rob and Anthony hanging lights, I went wtih Karen to pick up my bestest and dearest friends who were coming from Boston. My friends Br. John and Br. Greg, two Franciscan brothers that I have known since I was 14. (Will show their photo in a bit)
As the night winded down, and dinner was made with Ellen's help we began to slow down. It was a long day and time to clean up and organize, make lists and prepare for the big day. Below the father of the bride, mother of the bride, Amy, Br. John and Br. Greg and the bride's sweet cousin Pam.
Finally it was time to shut everything down for the evening. We had a long day ahead and it was time to call it a night.
I woke up to the sound of rain streaming down the windows.
I made atleast 5 trips to the tent and barn before 9am when my hair and makeup time was set. I was truly taken care of by wonderful women, Kristy and Dana. They did wonders with my hair and face. Althought I was a bit stressed by the weather and all that needed to be done, before I knew it, the rain had stopped and although the sun didn't appear, the rain didn't reappear so I was very thankful.
The hours flew by and I found myself sitting in the barn listening to the most beautiful string quartet and staring at my two handsome sons.
Below the beautiful elegant MOB, Karen.
Below the most incredible string Quartet. http://elegancequartet.com/ If you go to their website go to their music and click on Viva La Vida by Coldplay, for some reason that was the song that most lingered in my mind as the first group of people walked off the trolley and stepped into the magical atmosphere that was my backyard. Hard to believe but it truly was incredible.
I can't wait to get the photos from the photographer because I missed on taking photos of the details like the mason jars and the Nell Hill lanterns that lined the driveway and barn. Or the white and cream pumpkins that were everywhere. We had a lovely dream catcher that the bride made and hanging from the tree or the chalkboards and handcrafted signs that the bride made. She even made the wooden numbers on the table. I have never seen someone so creative. I thought I was, hmmmm.
I thought Liddy looked so elegant and beautiful. reminded me of Carolyne Bessette Kennedy in that famous photo where her and John are walking out of the small country chapel.
Cousin Pam read and Matthew did a reading.
"I now pronounce you man and wife."
And after a group blessing it was time to party.
Above Br. John me and Br. Greg. I've known them forever. And I'll love them forever.
And as the quartet repositioned themselves outside, and the trolleys began to transport the guests from the parking area to our home the music began to play and it was truly . . . Magical.
See for yourself.
Above Susan and Linda the reason why everything was so beautiful. Just like they are.
Below Both Father's looking very handsome.
Below my aunt and uncle who is a deacon and my cousins.