Thinking back to warmer days when Terri and Annette celebrated their wedding at The Longhouse, as it has turned chilly here again. I do look forward to warmer days and when wedding season kicks off for me this spring! Until then, I'm sharing a few highlights from Terri and Annette's wedding. After 13 years together as a couple, these two were so incredibly happy to finally make it official. They chose the garden overlooking the lake, under the big oak tree at their venue to exchange their vows. I loved the floral & tulle swag hanging from the branch of the tree and all of the special things they incorporated into their day.
Terri wore a beautiful strapless wedding gown with a beaded bodice & satin skirt and Annette opted for white linen pants and top. Rather than doing a first look or seeing one another before the ceremony Terri and Annette decided to do a first touch around the venue's big stone chimney outside. It was worth the wait, as the look on Annette's face when she saw Terri for the first time at the beginning of the ceremony was priceless and yes there were tears of joy! These two did a ring warming ceremony where their rings were passed around to each of the guests. It was a special way to include everyone in the ceremony and that way each guest could offer them a wish, prayer, or blessing of their rings. Rev. Liz Grimes always performs the most meaningful ceremonies special to the couple & this one was for the books.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and h'orderves on the veranda. Once wedding party and family photos were done, everyone was seated inside & the newlyweds came through the doors, the party started! I loved how the seating turned out. With about 50 guests, everybody was seated at tables joined together in the center creating a crossover in the middle. From the balcony above it looked like a large X. This was the genius creativity of Jennifer Ball of Knot Your Average Events. Jennifer, her team, and Gary & Micheal of Flowers by Gary made the place look amazing! I love the rustic log-cabin feel of the place and the added colors, flowers, and details really made the place look stunning. Terri and Annette had their sweetheart table set up in front of the large fireplace so they could see all of their guests and they could see them.
Everyone had so much fun that evening. It was wonderful to see these two so happy! I enjoyed getting to know Terri and Annette in the months before planning their wedding. Then to be able to add to their story by creating memories of their day for them made it all the more special. Such a sweet couple!