A Day To Remember...
My sweet, beautiful niece, Tara, got married a couple weeks ago, at a farmstead in rural Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh. It was a time of joyful family togetherness, peaceful scenery, delicious food and drink, and rowdy celebrating!
Tara and Tim met in May of 2017 and got engaged in June of 2018. Ten months of carefully crafted detailing went into planning this amazing day, starting with finding the venue. Irons Mill Farmstead hosts weddings year round and and does a marvelous job in making sure everything goes smoothly. The giant barn has two levels inside and a place for a ceremony outside. With the 55 degree weather, Tara and Tim decided on an indoor ceremony.
Flowers brought this space to life! The florist was one of Tara’s good friends, Caitlin. She has a magical way of arranging flowers that looked freshly picked, crisp and delicate, not fussily grouped. Caitlin did arrangements for the aisle, the drapes at the front of the barn, the reception tables, and the bouquets and boutineers.
We were all seated and the ceremony began. The mothers walked down first. Tim’s mom, Cheri, walked in by his brother Chris, in a lovely coral dress , my sister, Jen, on the arm of my nephew Cam, in a gorgeous floral dress of coral, hot pink and indigo. At this point I was already choking back tears! Then the bridesmaids made their way down the aisle in soft gray lace-bodiced dresses with layered chiffon skirts, the groomsmen in dark suits with white shirts and gray ties, the flower girls in lace and chiffon dresses, and ring bearers in dark pants, white shirts, suspenders and gray bow ties.
Next, the big moment, my brother-in-law Joel walked his youngest daughter down the aisle, amid tears of joy!
A meaningful ceremony, a long kiss, and off went the newly hitched couple to take pictures.
The guests were invited downstairs for cocktails and appetizers. My niece, Kate, made elegant hoop wreaths that hung over four of the tables. She used white flowers, green garlands, and lace ribbons and they were hanging on jute twine, perfect for the rustic atmosphere of the venue.
Hand drawn calligraphy for all the signs in the room added to the rustic elegant look.
The main room was reset during cocktail hour with round tables, white linens, white candles in glass jars and holders, and of course more gorgeous flowers!
Great food and dancing topped off the evening! Tara and Tim left to start their lives together through a tunnel made by all of us holding sparklers! Such a happy day!
Oh did I mention the fabulous desserts? They deserve a post of their own! Coming soon!