The night before Lindsey and Matt’s wedding, I spent over an hour rummaging through my pantry and hall closet, packing my Mary Poppins bag as my husband teased me for being over-prepared. I thought about the things that could go awry on a wedding day and tried to pack a solution for each – hungry bride or photographer? Protein bars. Injury? Neosporin and bandages. Wardrobe malfunction? Sewing kit swiped from a hotel. Lip gloss, cold sore medication, tissues, tweezers. My bag was stuffed to the gills, but I was prepared!
For us, Saturday began early on the family farm. Kindra and her team of event planners were busy finishing place settings while Karyn of Sidelines directed her team as they placed beautiful freesia, grape hyacinth, flowering dogwoods and sweet centerpieces of succulents and ferns throughout the reception area. As the daughter of a former floral designer, I was in AWE of the sheer amount and beauty of the flowers that filled the space. The wonderful fragrance filled the room & it was absolutely incredible. All of this was nestled into a stunning space that Vernon and All Seasons had spent endless hours over the last two weeks constructing. They built a cocktail tent and banquet reception hall from the ground up, in the middle of a field – one of the most breathtaking receptions I’ve ever seen, constructed out of thin air.
Did I mention that a beautiful, sunny 70-degree day can feel like Dante’s inferno when you’re in a great big open field wearing all black and schlepping around two cross-body bags full of camera equipment? HOWEVER, despite my husband making fun of me for being Mary-Poppins-meets-Boy-Scout (ever prepared!), it came in handy. As we were all in the shade taking group photos, our bride talked to the kids as they opened their gifts. Matt knelt down to join them and within seconds, a look of shock appeared on his face as he exclaimed, “I think I just ripped my pants.”
Yup – there it was… About a four-inch rip, right up the back side of his slacks. Mary Boy Scout to the rescue! We excused ourselves into the house where Matt sat on the ottoman in his boxers and I sat across from him on the sofa stitching up his pants. In about six minutes flat, the pants were good as new & the rip became just another silly story. Wardrobe malfunction averted- vindication, my dear husband! I must say that while I prepared my bag the night before, I never dreamed I’d actually be sewing pants on wedding day while the groom waited anxiously in his underwear!
The rest of the day flew by in a blur. I felt guilty for sitting in a back pew while Adrienne and Ashlee snuck around the ceremony, trying to catch every little moment. But it was blissful to sit there on that padded pew, as those 20 minutes were the only 20 minutes I sat all day. Adrienne and Ashlee are SUPER Ninja WOMEN!! Energizer bunnie,s in fact! After the ceremony, everyone headed back to the farm. Vernon’s beautiful tents, with their beautiful soft flow, were filled with flowers, cocktails, scrumptious-smells and the most inviting ambiance.
As the sun was setting, Matt and Lindsey stood on the patio facing west and waiting for the moment the sun dipped below the horizon. In a flash, Adrienne was there quietly capturing the moment as she moved around adjusting her angle – I could tell she wasn’t getting what she wanted. There was a three-foot fence separating her from just the right shot. Never one to miss a moment, she held her arms up and Matt and Neal, the father of the bride, scooped tiny Adrienne up by her arms and lifted her right up over the fence! Beautiful moment, captured. What a little spitfire, that Adrienne!
In my past life, before working with Adrienne, I spent a decade planning and facilitating multi-day corporate events. It’s a calculated dance of art and science when executing an event – right brain meets left brain. Trying to include as many thoughtful details as possible to create a positive, memorable experience. Lindsey and Matt chose the absolute best team around. Every single detail was some delightful combination of thoughtful and functional and beautiful and delicious and unexpected. From the cozy lounge area tucked away by the powder room, the eco-friendly bamboo chargers embossed with their names, the gorgeous pair of tables handmade by a cherished member of the family, the cookies Lindsey baked herself as favors for each guest, to the rugged-looking gentleman hand-rolling cigars by lamplight on the patio – it was magical and flawlessly executed. The end of evening was made complete with fireworks that reflected brilliantly over the lake.
Congratulations, Lindsey and Matt. Thanks so much for making us part of your magical day. It was absolutely an honor to capture it for you.
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