Friday, January 16, 2009

End of Summer

Over Labor Day weekend, Stillwater Public Library hosted another beautiful wedding and reception on our terrace. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the sky provided the guests with an ever changing array of fluffy white clouds throughout the day. As day faded into night, a stunning sunset entertained guests during dinner. There was even an unplanned fly-over by two vintage fighter planes; very appropriate since the groom was a Navy pilot, preparing to ship-out just days after the wedding!
The bride and groom planned their wedding from out-of-state. The majority of weddings that take place at the Library seem to be planned that way. People who grow up in Stillwater, Minnesota seem to have a special place for it in their hearts; they always come home for special events! The wedding ceremony was officiated by a long time family friend, full of details that only someone who was intimately familiar with the bride and groom could have known. Friends of the bride and groom also provided music during the ceremony, Something in the Way She Moves as the processional and Two of Us as the recessional.

The wedding colors were all harmonizing tones of apple green, ivory and taupe. Everything coordinatedwith the summer day: the umbrellas over the tables on the terrace, the bride's non-traditional taupe napkins on the table tops popped, and were a striking surprise against all the muted shades. The flowers in the table centerpieces were seasonal, but clustered together in un-matched, causual glassware, they made a big impression.

The party lasted right up to the end of the night, with just about everyone on the dancefloor celebrating. The dancefloor was defined by white lights strung overhead, with candles flickering in jelly jars.

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