Wednesday, September 12, 2012

After the Wedding. . .Remains of the Day

  




 


 


Somehow, we did it!  Somehow, after eight months of fretting and worrying, and refining Plan A and inclement-weather-Plan B, we scored three days of glorious sun for our daughter's outdoor wedding festivities.  Somehow, between the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony, our youngest daughter was able to complete nearly seventy small and medium bouquets, three gorgeous porch bouquets, her sister's bouquets (yes, two) and the attendants' bouquets; all from flowers she had either grown herself or had sourced from a local grower, and from greenery she had foraged from the woods and shore. Somehow, everything else fell into place for the main event:  the backdrop for the ceremony was completed in the nick of time; the decorative string balls were hung at the very last minute so as not to collapse from the dew and condensation from the previous night; the electrical considerations for the music and the tent lighting were worked out; the photographer, band and caterer all arrived from afar on cue; etc., etc.

Somehow, all the guests from distant lands arrived safely and in time for the short, but very meaningful and personal ceremony. Somehow, the evening fog stayed away, and the chilling breeze held off through dinner and beyond. Somehow we made it through our toasts without falling apart, and were still on our feet and dancing to the wonderful music when the nearly-full moon rose over the bay, accompanied by a legion of twinkling stars.

And somehow, a week and a half later, we are still thanking the weather gods, and counting our blessings for all the help and love that was showered upon our daughter, her husband, and all of us.


I have been visiting your blogs, but after a rather lengthy stretch of preoccupation,  I feel I can safely say I'm finally back in "posting mode".  

  Thanks so much for your patience! 

 


8 comments:

Carole said...

Congratulations on your daughter's wedding being such a wonderful day for you all! It sounds lovely and from the pictures, must have been a beautiful eye-feast. Next weekend I'll be the mother of the bride for my daughter's tiny little wedding of 14. It will be sweet.

annamaria said...

Congratulations Gloria!It all sounds absolutely delightful!And perfect weather management to boot.I am so happy for you and your family. xx

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Such lovely photos, and what a great girl your daughter must be, and what a promising future to someone who worked so diligently and creatively to make a perfect day for all~ with the help of you of course!
xx
julie

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hi Julie, Yes, she was, and is, a real trooper! This wedding was definitely a team effort. By the way, I'm so happy to see that you are continuing to paint on canvases!

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hi Carole,

Indeed, that will be a very sweet wedding. I think my husband and I had just over 30 at ours, so many years ago. :) Thanks for visiting!

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Thank you Annamaria! I know you and Carole can appreciate the precariousness of a coastal wedding in the northern lattitudes.

I love your new gouache paintings. The recent one of the little blonde girl reminded me of my daughter who just married...

Non-Indigenous Woman said...

My son is getting married June 1, 2013. It was far more responsibility when my daughter was married but really hoping to make sure that my son's wedding is just as special, too. They have decided on having the ceremony at a local dairy farm. Glad you are posting again because I really enjoy seeing your work. I'm honored but nervous that my future daughter-in-law has asked me to make their wedding invitations. May not post as regularly. Congratulations on your son's wedding!

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Wow, what special invitations those will be! Good luck with everything. (And thanks for your kind remarks. . .) As always, I look forward to seeing what you are working on. And by the way, congrats on having planted a garden!