“ …find a partner and treat them well,
try to give them shelter night and day…”
This Columbus Day weekend, I had the honour of working with an exquisite couple and their blended families to create an amazing day of celebration.
All of our childhood notions about crossing great
expanses of rough water, finding the new world, and celebrating the bounty of this land came together in the portrait of a couple very deeply in love with
The New England coastline threw a curve at us with some chilly wind and rain, of course too late to switch the ceremony location, but as soon as the vows were being said, the rain stopped, the air started to warm,
and the donkey bayed as if on cue. The whole assembly laughed mightily and we could not help but to feel warm in the presence of this marriage.
The symbolism of this whole experience has been profound. This adopted Korean beauty wanted white pumpkins for her Autumn wedding.Interestingly, gourds are the bridegroom’s gift to the prospective mother of the bride in Korean culture. Next choice was colour-fuchsia was it for E. I had some concerns about fuchsia in October, but it was the perfect choice to represent the day! Everything popped in that glorious, joyful colour, particularly against the overcast sky.
Now that we had a theme, we began casting all of the players. The bride and groom choose their attendants, cakes were tasted, tents were viewed, appetizers were picked (the beef wellington was inspired!), photographers and musicians interviewed, and menus planned. It was the most thorough, thoughtful planning that went into all of the decisions.
The father of the bride officiated, the grandmother of
the groom gave a prayer and blessing, the brother of the bride gave one of the best toasts I have ever heard, and the beautiful mother of the bride scoped and
scoured every white pumpkin on the eastern seaboard!
The supporting cast and crew of vendors was some of the finest I have worked with. Bobby and Kim and their amazing staff from Jules Catering were a delight to work with, Joe played great music and packed the
dance floor for the whole evening, while keeping up with the time tables, Liz from Colby Farms for taking on the task of growing all the white pumpkins, Ginny
and Ellie from Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm delighted guests with tours of the 1690 manor house, Amy and Greg from ABB Photography pulled out all the stops to
capture the magic on film, and my own crew of Aunt Nancy, Paul, Hannah and Jennifer worked tirelessly along with me to just make this day beautiful for
this incredible couple and their families.
So I will continue to have sweet dreams of
Columbus, and the glorious wedding day of B and E.