A Hot Summer’s Day Wedding

  There are just some weddings that I feel so compelled to tell “the story” about – to blog about…..and the Julia/Will wedding of June 30, 2012 is one of those weddings.     Julia is one of those hands on brides….plans it all…loves the little personal touches here and there….makes a lot of things herself or gets friends to do….and so there was a lot of emails back and forth with me and Julia prior to her wedding. She loved the farm from the first glance…and notices every little thing that we do and add. She fits us down to a tee and so she comes here already in a heavenly mode – happy as a lark.
  As the day approach – we  realized that the day was going to be hot – very hot.  June is indeed a summer month and this is the south – so sun dresses, a popsicle vendor, fans for each guest, plenty of water, and the ceremony in the grove made wonderful sense to offset any heat related concerns. But……who knew that there would be some record scorching heatwave that day. 
  A bride who chooses any outdoor venue just needs to be that sort of bride who can take things with an even “chill” and make the best of it.  It could be wind or rain or heat or chill…one has the power of many choices but when it comes to the weather – you just have to go with the flow as they say.  Well…..we knew that Julia was one of those brides who could do that…but as the heat forecasters predicted – the heat was intense so we were all thinking of ways to offset those conditions..
  Extra fans were brought in……….and we even installed some misters on the fan stands so to create little cooling stations. We brought in some of the family and wedding party into Jill’s house for a bit – in the A/C….just to let them chill a bit.  Ultimately….you embrace the celebration and make the best of it. 
  Fortunately the bride has her a/c room and through out the day…I never saw her look anything but fresh and happy.  The pictures have come back and they show a summer evening wedding but you have to look closely to get any sort of hint of “heat wave”…..
  The guests arrived…..most of them smartly in a cooler attire….Julia had arranged for individual fans for each chair….water bottles provided as they made their way to their seats and they sat under the huge tree canopy with eye candy of the animals in the pasture. The wedding was beautiful. The evening was embraced with a barn full of family and friends. I know that each guest was aware of the heat and humidity but their focus seemed to be on the glorious day and event that had brought them to the farm. The laughter was evident, the food excellent, they stay long and had a great time. Julia and Will were radiating more from the glow of their love and happiness than from the temperatures….you could see that!  It was a happy event for all. 
  We were pleased to hear back from Julia later….telling us…. “I just wanted to let you know what a BEAUTIFUL time we all had on Saturday ( despite the heat). In fact, everyone couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful it was and not even about the heat! Everyone loved the barn and all the little touches.      Thank you again for everything you did for us. We truly appreciated it. So many people came up to us and told us it was the best wedding they’d ever been too and that they absolutely loved the barn. Everyone said it went too fast and I agree. It felt like it all lasted 30 seconds- incredible!       sincerely, Julia.”
  That said it all….and we were tickled to hear.  Enjoy some pictures….my favorites.
(Photographer:  Claudia McDade)
 
P.S.  My next blog will be a behind the scenes funny story about one of my rescued “chairs”:…yes I said chairs…..but that story in fact is also tied into the Julia/Will wedding….so….part II…………..later.

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I always love the corn photos

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I love it when homemade favors are given to the guests – and this also made for a cute presentation.

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Julia’s mom was a sweetheart that day too…and this picture of them all looks wonderful…one of my favorites!

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They looked like they have step back in time.

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Being a country girl from way back…these last two last photos look so precious to me because she is barefooted….she just fits the part and looks like she has grown up here.

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Here is the chair………..my Part II of my upcoming blog…..stay tuned.