Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Love is Like a Butterfly

"Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes."
~Author Unknown

Jessica and Keane held their wedding ceremony on Johnson Terrace in late August. Jessica was focused on adding small, special details to all aspects of the day. Her wedding ceremony was full of surprising added touches that might inspire some of you!
Jessica didn't waste an opportunity to add her own look to the roof-top patio at the Stillwater Public Library. An archway wrapped in a live garland of greenery & roses stood at the head of the aisle, tulle and bouquets of lillies lined the black iron railing, and the aisle was lined with tulle bows & glittery butterfly accents.
Jessica used lush colors like red and burgundy in just the right amounts! This summer I saw a parade of brown, black and neutral bridesmaid dresses. The red bridesmaid dresses were a welcome change. The bouquets were a combination of white roses and red gerber daisies, which was a great mix; summery, yet sophisticated.
Live green garland by The Flower Guys

Stargazer lilies, roses & daisies line the railing.

The music at the ceremony was provided by intrinsic musician Brooke Marshall of The Music in Your Mind. If you go to her site, you can hear some examples of her work.

Hand-stenciled aisle runner.

Candy buffet during the receiving line.

At the end of the ceremony Jessica and Keane released native monarch butterflies. It was breathtaking watching each of the 12 butterflies fly away from the terrace. Check back for images of the butterfly release from Goos Photography.

During the receiving line, a table stocked with water and one with an old-fashioned candy buffet was provided for guests. It was a big hit with the kids. Personally, I had forgotten how much I love smarties!

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing


Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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