This past weekend I met up with some dear family members that I’m not in touch with very often…except via social media. They were asking me about my daughter’s recent wedding, which made me realize that I never really wrote about it or shared any photos! So, three months later ( boy, how time flies…) here is the beginning of the story…
We had spent a full year planning this wedding, focusing on every detail from decor to dining to the ceremony and music. But what we learned that day is despite your best efforts, you just cannot control Mother Nature. During the week leading up to the date, we all kept checking our iPhone weather apps and noted little sunny icons in a row with the exception of the zero hour- 5pm on the wedding day-which was clearly marked by a lightning bolt and dark rain clouds. Hmmm. So, with our wedding planner checking the weather continuously on his radar, he decided we should go ahead with the outdoor ceremony as planned and rehearsed, keeping our fingers crossed that we made it before the weather hit.
in a Wedding Day 5K along the rocky Maine coastline.
While the bride and her party were busy being primpedand pampered by hair stylists and the lovely Kate from Kosmetics by Kate…
After their run, the groomsmen were also getting set for the big day
(hair and makeup consultants not necessary here, just a brew or two : )
As our amazing photographer, Paul Granese, of Paul Granese Photography and other family members snapped away, creating pictorial mementos to last a lifetime,
so we optimistically assumed it was all going to be fine.
But, as the ceremony time rolled near and our guests gathered in their seats on the green expanse of lawn near the lighthouse…
so we quickly gathered the wedding party together to begin the ceremony. Just as the dashing FOB (Father of the Bride, for those wedding-uninformed : ) took our daughter’s arm to begin their walk down the aisle,
the first gentle raindrops fell. Someone from the crowd dashed over to hand him an umbrella to protect the beautiful bride…
and as the first notes of the lilting folk music were sung by the lovely Andrea Magee of BeatRoot– the ceremony was interrupted by a startling flash of lightning and a tremendous clap of thunder.
…creating a scene right out of an adventure film…everyone ducking for cover and looking back over their shoulders
while scrambling to race inside as the pelting rain soaked suit jackets and shawls and created a “bad hair day” for all…
…and a pond of water where the lawn games had been played just moments before.But then, something quite magical happened. Dampened by the downpour but not shaken, the bridal party quickly reassembled, then entered the small function room (not really meant for the size of this crowd) to cheers and applause,
something you don’t often see at a wedding ceremony…and exchanged their loving
and oftentimes quite humorous vows,
Was this our ceremony space of choice? Nope. But it was perfectly suited for this happy couple and their guests…providing a much more intimate and moving ceremony that ended with a rousing rendition of “All You Need Is Love” by BeatRoot (and our guests : ).A crazy start to an unforgettable wedding day celebration! Part Two: The Party is next! Have a great weekend everyone-hope it doesn’t rain on your special day! Susanread more
When Thanksgiving time rolls around each November, one of the first purchases I always make is a big bag of fresh cranberries. With their vibrant, deep red color and lasting freshness, cranberries are the perfect fruit to bake with, cook and decorate with, especially around the holidays in New England. (Who doesn’t remember stringing popcorn and cranberries on a long length of thread to create garland for the family Christmas tree? And, of course, we cannot forget cranberry sauce tube in a can!) So, last week I was thrilled to receive a beautifully handcrafted, fresh cranberry wreath from the Artful Cranberry of Freeport Maine!
With row upon row of perfectly placed ruby-red cranberries, these wreaths are one-of-a-kind, and an elegant addition to any style of decor.
They are suitable for hanging both inside or out, and will last up to two months in a 50-70 degree interior environment- perfect to take you through this holiday season! Once I received the wreath, I tortured myself trying to decide on the proper bow. I didn’t want anything too large that would cover much of the wreath, but just enough to add a touch of contrast. This “birch-like” ribbon seemed perfect to me.
It is rustic in style, but the birch has just a touch of a silvery sheen to add a bit of bling to my holiday dining room sideboard decor.
So the wreath is now proudly on display in our bright red dining room, the perfect complement to my rustic arched window and sparkling candelabras. If you are interested in ordering a wreath from Artful Cranberry, click the log below. (and tell her Sue@CountryDesignHome sent you : )
They are available in several round sizes, plus a new heart-shaped wreath that honors Women’s Heart Health, with the proceeds being donated to the Go Red For Women Campaign to stop heart disease in women.
powerful messages that creator Deena Prestegard attempts to spread throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. Hopefully you can spread this message too! Have a thankful Tuesday, everyone! Susanread more
For those of you who have followed my blog since its inception, you’ll remember that I got my start in the “junkin'” business at the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market in Norwood. I had some great times staging my monthly-themed space in the old mill with all kinds of reclaimed and reloved vintage wares.
Since then, I’ve moved north and staked my claim at the Barn at Todd Farm, while Nancy Murphy and Robin Hanlon,
the original founders of Vintage Thymes,
have temporarily closed the monthly market while they search for some new digs. In the meantime, in order to keep their huge following of vintage-lovers happy, they have focused their attentions on an exciting new endeavor, The Marketplace at Adams Farm in Walpole, MA!
Now partnered with Carol Bentley from Fleurish Home & Garden
these four ladies are hosting a 2-day event at the Marketplace at Adams Farm on this coming Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25th from 10-4. The Marketplace will be much like the weekend markets at the mill: amazingly talented vendors offering their hand-made, re-refurbished and re-loved wares. You’ll be strolling the grounds of this bucolic “field of vintage dreams”
while enjoying live local music, furniture painting demonstrations, food trucks, raffles and of course, shopping-lots of shopping!! Admission is only $5, but a word to the wise: arrive early-on both days!
Why? Well, if you ever had the opportunity to visit the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market on the opening day, you’re aware of the immensely passionate following these ladies have garnered over the years. I suspect there’ll be lots of folks waiting at the entrance for their chance to have first dibs on the vintage wares being offered at the Marketplace. If you love vintage (and, I mean, who doesn’t!?), it’s going to be an event that you do NOT want to miss (and it looks like we may have a nice, sunny weekend as well : ). So, I’ll be seeing you at the The Marketplace at Adams Farm… and if you happen to run into Robin, Nancy, Mary Beth or Carol, tell them Sue from CountryDesignHome sent you! Have a terrific Tuesday everyone! Susanread more
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