We got married on August 12, 2006 at a little farm close to my parent's home. We both really wanted an outdoor wedding but were having trouble securing a location. In October 2005, one of my dad's employees told him about this place. My mom and dad went down there to check it out (I lived 2 hours away at the time) and found out that there was only one opening left for the summer of 06... August 12th. My parents went out on a limb and booked the venue without me even seeing it. They knew we'd love it and they were right. The first time I saw it, there was 3 feet of snow on the ground but it was just as beautiful.
The day was just perfect. We were married on the front porch of a 100+ year old church, with our friend's and family sitting on the front lawn. My cousin, who is a minister, did us the great honour of officiating the ceremony.
We both had five attendants and two flower girls and one ring bearer (again I'm limited with the pics I can show because I can't show professional ones).
Our flower girls were our two nieces and the ring bearer was the best man's oldest sonMy girls were (from left to right):
My Sister-in-law, FD's cousin, my BFF (MOH), FD's sister and my sister (Matron of Honour)The guys were:
FD's brother-in-law, FD's friend (my childhood friend who I thought I was going to marry at age 8, remember?), FD's Best friend and mentor (best man - standing behind him), my brother and another close friend.
We carried orange calla lilies and they were perfect. I was slightly nervous about my flowers because the florist couldn't show me them ahead of time. They were coming in on special order and so I just had to trust that they would be beautiful, and beautiful they were. I carried a large bouquet, the girls carried a miniature bouquet and the guys wore one on their lapels. Our mother's carried small bouquets of white calla lilies and our grandparents wore white rose boutonnieres and corsages.
The florist also arranged the Urns that were positioned at the front of the church, in front the rail fences that FD and his dad built.
My BFF arranged the aisle decor by removing the citronella from mosquito lanterns and placing a tall glass vase filled with river rocks in them. They were strung together with tulle and bows tied out of the same ribbon that was used on our invitations. The lanterns were then disassembled and arranged around the tent where we had our reception with the citronella back in them to ward off the bugs for the evening.
The existing flowers and greenery on the property added wonderfully to the atmosphere of our wedding.
I'll see you all back here next week with the reception and the honeymoon!