This past weekend we had the honor of welcoming a new daughter into our family. We loved her from the start and have no doubt that she and our son will have a beautiful marriage. The planning began last December in the traditional way. A ring was purchased, a question was popped and an answer joufully given. Celebrations followed and plans were started. A country theme was chosen and the preparations began.
An offer was made to use a traditional barn near the brides home, for the reception.
The ceremony would take place in the garden of the home on the property. Let me tell you, this place is amazing. It dates from the 1600's in a rural area of Maryland's Eastern Shore. So many voices from the past can be heard as you stroll the gardens and pastures. How many weddings has this house seen?
The barn had been renovated within the last 30 years and was absolutely gorgeous. I would be happy to live in a barn this amazing. The owners no longer have any horses or cattle and the barn was immaculate. But since people would be eating there, some cleaning and vacuuming needed to be done before the big day.
The property, already beautiful, received some sprucing up with fresh mulch and fresh stain for the fencing.
As the big day approached we switched into full gear with transforming the barn into a fairytale wedding site. Hundreds of strings of twinkly lights lent an ambiance of romance to the barn. Mason jars held mini LED lights for extra sparkle.
Yards and yards of Tulle and Burlap joined to add just the right combination of wedding elegance and country charm.
Decorations were gathered from grandmothers, mothers, personal friends, and flea markets. Each table had it's own unique accents for the guests to enjoy.
Creative touches were added with chalkboard paint and chalk, old windows and markers for the table assignments, and an old trunk to deposit wedding gifts.
One of my favorite touches was the sign welcoming the guests and asking them to seat themselves.
Classic Eastern Shore food was served including ham, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans and salad. The rain that was all around, held off throughout the day. A gift from God to start the couple on the path of marriage.
Two families have been joined through our children's love for each other. We so enjoyed being included in the planning and work days. This is how it must have been, back in simpler times. When the most important thing about the wedding day was not the amount of money spent , but the joining of two young people and their families. Love was present in this simple elegant barn wedding in many tangible ways. The cake was a gift from a close friend who is a professional baker. I hope she didn't mind the addition of the Duck Dynasty folks but hey that's what it's all about. Cute personal additions to the day.
The DJ for the event was the groom's brother. The venue was a gift too. But of course, the greatest gift of all was witnessing the joining of our two children who have boundless love for each other. We felt God's blessing.
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