The past two days have been all about The Wedding: The Pedicures, The Rehearsal, The Rehearsal Dinner, The Make Up, The Hair, The Getting Dressed, and finally The Big Event itself, which kicked off around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, September 13. (Let it be noted that the 15 minutes of lateness was not because the Bride wasn’t ready, but because she and I were advised to wait until the guests had arrived and were seated!) This post is all about the photos from these events (Thanks Mom!)…
I got to play dress up for the Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner – check out my new brown Calvin Klein dress that I picked up during a recent shopping trip to Philly with my Mom! This dress gave me a reason to haul out my chocolate suede and tan leather Ann Taylor heels from my closet. My necklace was a birthday Etsy purchase, and my bracelet is a prized gift from my friend Linda in Perth, Australia – a resin bangle from Dinosaur Designs.
But that was Friday, and what most of you will want to see are pictures from Saturday, right?
First the two best men, twins Jeff and Jason, Rob (the groom) and Reverend Shearon walked the “aisle” from the porch of the beautiful and historic Brome-Howard Inn out into the yard, where just under 80 family and friends gathered. The parents followed to a selection from a Jim Brickman song, and then I – as the Lady of Honor – made the long trek to a second Jim Brickman song. Once I was in place, Amy’s dad Jim walked her down the aisle to music that Amy prepared and recorded herself. Jim then presented his daughter on behalf of himself and Amy’s mother, Carolyn.
Amy and Rob during the ceremony, which lasted about a half an hour. Rob’s mother, Ann, prepared a reading from the Bible, and I read a passage from The Velveteen Rabbit.
Jason walked me back towards the Inn, and afterwards we all posed for photographs out in front of the Inn while the guests mingled under the reception tent and on the grounds. Mom stood near the photographer, the talented Bill Merlavage, when he was posing shots in front of the water. After all photography was completed, the DJ from Marc Shubrooks Entertainment announced the parents, the wedding party and finally the new Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fowler to the crowd. In this photograph you can see Jim and Carolyn Hilgeman, and Jeff and Jason Burns and I are behind the Hilgemans. Amy and Rob are behind us in the queue.
After a few shots with the wedding party, the photographer and married couple ran off into the fields and I got some pictures with other Important People: my Dad, my Mom and Sean.
Amy’s wedding cake was custom-designed by the bride and groom to feature the colors from their wedding (khaki, navy blue and lime green) and also to incorporate Popeye, Olive Oyl and Eugene the Jeep. My mom, or Momacita Sally, got back into wedding cake-making and learned how to work with fondant in order to construct this wedding cake, which featured Yellow, Chocolate, Carrot and Butter Pecan cake flavors.
One more shot of the cake, set up within the reception tent. Amy and Rob cut the cake pretty early on, and Jeff and Jason handled the toast during the reception. Well, I should say JEFF handled the toast… Jason’s contribution was “I concur.” Twins! I’m not including pictures of the food, but please let me say right now, for the record, that Chef Michael Kelly did a phenomenal job putting together roast beef, salmon with a dijon sauce and chicken cordon bleu, along with herb roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables. Earlier in the day we were served some chicken puffs, bruchetta and my favorite… spinach spanakopita!
Amy and Rob have their first dance on the tiny dance floor, and later Sean and I tried not to fall off the edges during a couple foxtrots, waltzes and even a jitterbug. Thanks for the dip, Sean!!! 😉 After it was all said and done, it was a beautiful wedding and I believe everyone had a great evening!
Congratulations Amy and Rob!