This year, it rained when we arrived, and rained hard all day, which was actually perfect, because there's nothing quite like the sound of rain on a tin roof, a roaring fire in the hearth, and a soak in the hot tub. The next day was amazing weather, and we got to enjoy driving through the mountains and seeing the color change of the leaves.
We also did a drive-by hugging, stopping unannounced at my friend Jen's house and surprising her for a few minutes. (That was fun!)
I went through our photo album, and if you'll indulge me, I thought I'd share a few pictures with you!
Before my jewelry business and my son, I was an avid gardener, so the flowers had to be extra-special. I love old-fashioned flowers, so had hydrangeas, snow berries, and roses (with some other lovely things) and had the stems wrapped in one of my grandmother's lace handkerchiefs.
I had killer shoes (seriously -- by the end of the night, those babies had to come OFF) -- picked out by Rick. My something blue? Blue nail polish on the toes.
The wedding was at 4pm, so we started the photos at noon. I didn't like the idea of a bunch of formal photos taking up time between the ceremony and the reception, so the family gathered at the Farmington Country Club (the reception site) to visit and get all the requisite photos taken care of. That meant that Rick and I saw each other before the ceremony -- an idea I wasn't keen on at first, but our photographer convinced us, and I'm glad he did! He made it very special for us, clearing out a room for us to meet, without anyone else there. I have no idea where the photographer was, but he got a really wonderful bunch of photos. So here is where we see each other for the first time that day:
I went to the University of Virginia, and we were fortunate enough to get married at the chapel on Grounds. We were lucky, seriously -- there's a lottery for wedding dates, since it's so popular a location, but things just have a way of working out. I was glad they did a phone lottery that year, because previous years, you had to literally camp out overnight to get a space in line to sign up for a date!
After the ceremony, we left for the reception in style. Our florist also had an old Rolls Royce Phantom -- an amazing car.
The reception was so much fun! We had a sit-down dinner (no rubber chicken here -- the food at Farmington is terrific!). I made the favors (the be-ribboned boxes held tulip bulbs) and the menus, as well as the programs for the wedding. I thought for a while that I'd like to be a wedding planner, but the jewelry business sort of took on a life of its own and I never looked back!
I hope you enjoyed the little tour through our wedding -- it's been an amazing journey that just gets better with time.