Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

First Anniversary

A year ago today Neil and Francesca were married here in our garden - the weather was wonderful and the day was perfect in every way. This is a nervous groom awaiting his bride and an even more nervous minister about to conduct his first ever wedding - he is the bride's brother:)

Here comes the bride - half an hour late!! I think Neil nearly had 10 sets of kittens but there was heavy Saturday afternoon traffic which held them up.

Safely married - and the minister did a great job, his little sermon was both appropriate and amusing.

Inside the marquee - the chairs are all up on the top lawn ready for the ceremony. The ushers did a top class job getting them all back down there while the photographs were being taken. I had two old and decrepit apple trees removed to accomodate the marquee but I informed them that the crab-apple was staying. Everyone thought it made a nice centre piece!

A good time being had by all, in the evening we had a fantastic Argentinian playing guitar and singing - latin american, swing and jazz. Some of the tables were taken out of the marquee onto the two lawns so people could dance, talk or just sit and listen to the music.

And am I glad this wasn't happening today after 48 hours of non-stop rain and a garden that is giving a good imitation of a bog!


peppylady said...

Everything is pretty.

meggie said...

Ah beautiful young couple! Lovely wedding setting.
I do enjoy your lovely posts.

lila said...

Beautiful memories of a the wedding!...and the weather was perfect too!
My son is getting married in less than 2 months...outside on a mountaintop in Arizona. I hope the weather co-operates!
I also hope I get photos as lovely as yours!

Sheila said...

This is such a petty setting in which to take your vows, in your garden surrounded by family and friends.
The rain you are having now would be most welcome here, my lawn is almost yellow..!

smilnsigh said...

Ohhh what a beautiful day. And beautiful memory. Thank you for sharing it with us.


ellen b said...

How wonderful to have a garden that could accomodate this wonderful event so beautifully. Happy Anniversary to your children!

Marilyn said...

What a beautiful wedding and reception. And in your garden??? How neat! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to this lovely couple!

PAT said...

Rowan...Beautiful couple and beautiful wedding!

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Remiman said...

I can't believe it's been a year gone by already. First this memorable wedding in the beautiful gardens of yours, then ...a year passes! Time to enjoy each fleeting moment of our lives.
Just in case you didn't know, I do truly, enjoy communing with you! ;)

Janet said...

What a beautiful wedding that was. Happy Anniversary to the happy couple.

Kate said...

What a beautiful bride and handsome groom and happy first anniversary to them. I loved the marquee ...and the crabapple tree inside of it. You have your priorities straight!!