Gorgeous. Gorgeous weather, a gorgeous bride, a gorgeous place. Jenn and Chris’ wedding at Tuckahoe Plantation, one of our very favorite local venues, was the stuff little girls dream of without any of the pretense that usually comes with such lofty hopes. And that’s probably because Jenn and Chris are such relaxed, fun, and kind people. They would have been happy no matter what. Every guest we came across at this wedding was truly kind. Sam said more than once, “everyone here is so…. nice!?” Yes, I threw the question mark in there because prior to this wedding we were convinced that everyone has at least one relative that everyone else feels the need to apologize for… but maybe not? Or maybe that guy just couldn’t make it?
A farm dog with soulful eyes and a nice smile decided to participate in the ceremony. He favored the center of the aisle and even accompanied Jenn and her father part way down. Throughout the ceremony his head found the sympathetic hands of guests who gave it a good scratch, he chewed on plastic cups (that more than one person beside myself tried to throw out of range just to keep the crunching noise to a minimum… to no avail…), and he even cruised right up to the alter more than once. His presence didn’t ruffle any feathers. A friend of mine believes that dogs are old souls who come back to watch over us. Maybe that’s why it felt like he belonged.
Chris’ father co-officiated the ceremony and gave a very personal homily. A family member painted a beautiful family tree for everyone to sign in lieu of a guest book. The soft pink, silver and Tiffany blues were perfect for spring.
Jenn and Chris’ exit was a little different: the idea was for guests to use their cameras like paparazzi to get the couple to make crazy faces. Sam had the “safe” vantage point so I decided to do something a little more experimental and keep my shutter open, figuring that as flashes went off I might get multiple funny faces. I’m not crazy about the picture but the spirit of the idea is there (check out Jenn’s face in the upper right), I know what to do differently next time. Anyway, I decided to post it just to show that this old dog is still learning new tricks!
Here’s a slideshow of our favorites from the day and if you would like to check out their online gallery when its available, click here. Congrats to Jennifer and Chris on a beautiful day and a fantastic night!