Weddings are always beautiful and occasions for joy so it is particularly wonderful for us when a couple chooses to have their Asheville wedding at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. James grumbles about it’s being a lot of extra work but he is just as touched by the ceremony and the love the newly married couples have for each other as I am. I sometimes think that every wedding we witness is a vow renewal for us as well as we listen to the promises the couples make to each other and remember our own.
Jenny called me in March wanting to plan her elopement this May. She and Doug wanted a quiet, romantic wedding. They would celebrate later with family and friends but the ceremony was to be private. We talked a little about what she envisioned and after she decided on booking the Cottage, James and I took care of the rest.
There are a number of wedding officiants here in Asheville and Susie Greene is one of the best. She brings a sense of both celebration and seriousness to her ceremonies. Her readings are thoughtful and unique, incorporating pieces from a variety of cultures and beliefs. One of my favorite moments is the Celtic “Tying of the Knot”. The couple’s hands are lightly bound together with a silk scarf while she reads a Celtic Wedding Prayer, “binding” them together. (And afterwards they get to keep the scarf). So I confirmed that she was available for the date and put her in touch with my bride and groom.
Closer to the date I contacted Jenny again to ask her if she had any preferences for flowers. Readers of this blog know that Shady Grove is our preferred florist. Courtney uses seasonal flowers and her arrangements are original. She made a lovely small bouquet for Jenny, matching the colors of the wisteria and peonies blooming in our garden.
The morning of the wedding I made a small wedding cake for two, using our home-made lemon curd as filling and topping it with a lemon buttercream icing. I picked two perfect peonies from our garden for the decoration.
James ran an extension cord out to the Wisteria Arbor so that Jenny and Doug could enjoy a first dance together as they had requested. We arranged the cake and champagne on the terrace adjacent to the Cottage and everything was ready.
As you can see from these pictures it was perfect. In spite of some thunder in the background the rain held off. The birds sang and there was even a church bell which rang in the distance. I am not sure if Jenny and Doug even heard them as they were clearly focused on each other!