Thursday, October 29, 2015

Easing Into Autumn

Today is around seventy degrees - warm and humid, very unusual for the end of October. Our household is relaxing after a very beautiful but busy weekend of the wedding of our daughter. 

On Saturday, the day of the wedding, we enjoyed the morning sunshine for some awesome pictures along the waterfront of the Northeast River and then partied under partly cloudy skies until nightfall. I still find myself wanting to nap after several days of hard work, but it was such fun!

Selfies Photo Booth Co.
There are a few shout-outs I should mention that really made our party pretty awesome. A local company called Selfies Photo Booth came during the reception as contracted to take photos of the guests. Well, let me tell you, everyone absolutely loved this feature. They had my mother of eighty-something dressing up in costume along with infants and everyone in between. Guests that were normally quite reserved let loose and posed for the camera. I can highly recommend this company for your next large party.

Another recommendation has to go to our DJ. My daughter was very organized in all of her wedding plans, but of course, there is always something that will go awry. The violinist she planned to serenade the crowd during her processional cancelled just hours before the wedding. Problem? No, not when we had Chuck Jackson from Rising Sun, MD as our DJ. He quickly improvised and no one was the wiser. Chuck knew how to work the crowd, asking for suggestions and keeping the volume appropriate for the songs. He had just about everyone out on the dance floor and kept the party moving. We were very impressed and can see why he is always being recommended. (You can email me for his contact info.)

The site for the wedding was at the North East Community Park which provided us with the picturesque backdrop of trees in full fall color as well as the water views of the Northeast River at the top of the Chesapeake Bay. Watching our daughter get married from the vantage point of the Lighthouse Pavilion was something we will never forget. There was enough space for about 120 chairs (from A&M Tent rentals) facing the water. With the views, there was no need to decorate, only sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Bay. 

The whole day was something out of a fairy tale book; beautiful people, scenery, delicious food and drinks. Oh, by the way, the bar was custom designed and made totally from reclaimed pallet wood by our son, John and his girlfriend, Shauna. He was clever and made the whole thing collapsible for easy transport. So, if you are planning a Bluegrass festival or an outdoor wedding, we have the bar as well as the large dance floor available for purchase and you can contact me by clicking on the word, here.

Since we are not bakers and don't especially care for wedding cake, we decided on a tower of trifle-filled glass cups. The end result was not only spectacular but so delicious. We had four varieties of cups: Lemon Raspberry, Irish Chocolate Stout, Peanut Butter and Jelly and Salted Caramel Chocolate. Both of the chocolates were by far the favorites...

It worked out very well. No cake cutting, everyone could take a cup home (personalized Libbey Old Fashioned glass) as a wedding favor. We used birch wood spoons as another special eco touch.

This was a family wedding. Both sides of the wedding party came together and worked so hard to make the wedding simply amazing. We had a scrumptious rehearsal dinner at Woody's Crab House. Our liquor was purchased locally from our favorite, Weavers Discount Liquors where they helped us choose everything we needed and then stored it in their coolers until the day of the wedding.

Home is quiet again... now, although the fog is still a bit heavy, it's time to think about winter...