As a new blog writer for Holly Lynch, I, Kelsey Zablan, would like to share my first experience with The Season’s weddings.
Working with The Season for just a week, I have already learned how precious incorporating the home into a wedding can be. Rebecca and Doug helped me to see just why The Season loves adding home to a wedding and also the outdoors. Bride Rebecca had the same love of her home that Holly has seen in many brides and it was reflected in her breath-taking wedding.
The ceremony was held at Darlington’s Morris Chapel on a beautiful sunny Saturday. The flowers were soft pink roses and peonies mixed with white roses and greenery. These colors fit perfectly with the bridesmaids’ lavender floor length dresses and the groomsmen’s purple ties.
As the 180 guests arrived at the Chapel and walked by the pastel colored stained glass windows, they were met with unique wedding music. Instead of the usual piano, Faye Ellen and Bob Steelnack played a harp and saxophone duet that filled the chapel with beautiful harmonies. The ceremony’s recessional song, the Beatles classic “In My Life”, suited the couple’s personalities
After the ceremony, everyone arrived at Hickory Hill, the bride’s family home. The entrance of thehouse matched the stunning water color artwork on the front of the wedding invitations, a creative way to incorporate the home into another piece of the wedding. (The bride, being a book-lover, even incorporated literary-themed vintage stamps onto her invitations!)
Guests were ushered through the house where they passed by the stunning five-tier soft pink cake adorned with white pearls, gold braids, pink roses and light pink peonies, and a white fondant ruffle. Another unique twist was the bride’s grandfather’s sword that was used to slice the cake.
Past the cake, the guests entered the Hickory Hill backyard where they were met by The Season’s Spirits Bartenders with refreshments. The reception tables were decorated with flowers matching the pink and white flowers from the ceremony, but with a twist. Each table was set with novels ranging from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Placed beside the books were photographs of past weddings from the bride’s family, a great personal touch that gave the reception a more intimate feel.
The groom had fun with his three dimensional guitar themed groom’s cake that had actual strings! It was set up beside the stage and dance floor which became the center of the reception underneath the large white pole tents in the side yard.
The evening reception was filled with lots of music, provided by The Diane McIntosh Band. The first dance was Corey Smith’s song “The First Dance”, performed by the groom’s son along with the band. After the traditional father-bride dance and the mother-groom dance, the bride also danced with her new step-son. During the evening, the talented groom and his son (and a few friends, too!) joined the band onstage for some more fun! After lots of dancing, the happy coupled headed to their bed and breakfast for the night in a classic Mercedes convertible. Congratulations, Rebecca & Doug!