This late summer wedding took place in a sprawling botanical garden, the bride and groom surrounded by adoring friends, family, college buddies and business associates, representing every age imaginable, from infants to septuagenarians. Becky and Pete's "Celebration d'Amour" was all about bringing together everyone they loved and having a blast! The couple selected very special wines and champagne, top-shelf liquor, some of the region's best catering, luxurious lounge furniture, great live music and irresistible desserts. In addition, bride Becky had us put together a small "village" for the kids attending, with tee pees, a kid-friendly food station, a big art table, as well as cozy bedding (for sleepy heads) and nannies to keep an eye on things while mom and dad danced their socks off!
Guests arrived to a "farmstand" welcome area with plank and wine barrel tables, colorful trays of crudité, cones of freshly roasted and herbed nuts, crisp French champagne, and a few specialty cocktails. A jazz trio played uptempo standards while guests enjoyed a long, relaxed welcome reception. When "wedding time" finally arrived, guests were directed to one of the nature trails that meanders through the gardens. Paths took guests through thick woods intermingled with patches of colorful flowers, with a lily pond and waterfall below. Once a quorum of guests was gathered along the banks of the pond near the bridge, the wedding ceremony began... the sunset casting a golden glow on all.
The center of this event, however, was the amazing and sexy "botanical lounge" we created at the top of the hill. Following the ceremony, guests found their way to the reception area via the alluring scent of grilled meats, wok fried pan-asian dishes, homemade torillas, fresh-baked Parker rolls and all of the other elements that comprised Becky and Pete's around-the-world food stations (all five of them!). A live band greeted guests with R & B and funk, and a massive bar was at the ready to provide guests with any type of drink imaginable. Nestled between food stations were groupings of comfortable lounge furniture and in the arbor at the center of all were overstuffed white couches, benches with cushions (and pashminas), hundreds of candles and a beautiful crystal chandelier. All of this amidst the wisteria!
There was to be no formal sit-down dinner for this couple. Guests enjoyed mingling and noshing on oodles of interesting dishes and passed appetizers for hours, as well trying out exotic beverages and wines and dancing to great live music. It was pure, unadulterated fun... no pretense, none of the corny traditions (bouquet and garter toss, etc.), just a huge fun-filled party!
Guests left with great memories of the spectacular scenery, mouth-watering food, rousing music and the great buzz they got from all the fabulous booze!! Smiles abounded all evening!