Jillian and Joshua are married!
The day began with big rain. Lots of it. I know Jillian was set on an outdoor ceremony so my heart sank for her a little. But — as it’s been all summer, the rain stopped in the nick of time! It was wet, but it didn’t stop these guys!
The Bridal prep room at the Mansion is so elegant, and showed off Jillian’s Alfred Angelo gown perfectly. Look at those cobalt blue shoes!
As Jillian was getting laced up, I flashed back to Gone with the Wind and Scarlett being tied into her dress. The curtains of the Mansion brought evil thoughts into my head.
This is why (imho) every bride should have a veil. Jill’s beauty is not hidden, but enhanced — and her husband will be the first to see it on their wedding day.
All the guests have gone down to the gardens, and it’s almost show time. The girls so beautiful — and so much fun to be around all night.
And the guys. Sometimes their nerves are right on the edge (but not Joshua’s) and I really really like to have a little fun with them before hand. I’ve never been disappointed. Boys will be boys!
The rain held for the most part with only a bit of mist — but look how beautifully lush the grounds are. The Mansion is such a special place.
And the circle will be unbroken.
The walk around time. Quiet Time, and a time for reflection, laughter, and quiet jubilation.
And what a great party! Under the tent, with buffet dinner, great (singing and) dancing music.
The food is ALWAYS! delicious. Fresh baked bread, whipped butter, steak tips, fresh stuffed sole, turnips and carrots with a sweet glaze, turkey. Something for everyone.
And all the details Jillian worked on. The flowers — by Glimpse of Gaia — always stunning in freshness and color and design. As Norm said “it should be required that every wedding have their flowers from Glimpse”.
Each bouquet had it’s own little tag.
and I LOVE this cake!
I always ask — are you gonna smash?? No, no. Hmm, I think someone was hiding something from me, too funny. Who is going to admit to being the instigator, Jill?
This represents to me a great day. The dress is dirty (but can be cleaned). Jillian had no qualms about walking thru the wet grass, the mossy steps, to have the day of her dreams. Bravo, girl!
And at the end of the night, some quiet time for reflection.
To Janet. As always, so helpful to making sure the day goes smoothly. You are a true professional.
To Norm. For seeing the light, and if it’s not there, for making it.
And to Jillian and Joshua! A lifetime of blessings are ahead of you. Thank you for letting us share at the beginning.