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A Rose Garden Wedding

Posted Jun 13 2011 9:26am

Though the entire day was gray and rainy, the clouds parted and the sun almost started to shine in the hours just before the wedding.

father and bride

Rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck, but the wind settling and the sun shining through the clouds just as vows are exchanged has got to be a sign of more than just good luck.

wedding in the rose garden

I’ve never been to a wedding where I didn’t know both the bride and groom.Though they’ve been together a long time and I’ve heard plenty about him, I hadn’t yet met this groom in person.

groom at wedding

But there was no mistaking that he was the right guy for her, as pure love and adoration oozed from the expression on his face as he said his vows to his bride.

bride and groom saying wedding vows

The ceremony was held in the beautiful rose garden of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens; it was stunningly gorgeous and romantic- perfect for a wedding ceremony. The reception was going to be held on a nearby terrace, but since the weather was windy, chilly, and a bit uncertain of itself, the reception was moved indoors to a beautiful window-filled room.

wedding reception wedding reception tablescape

During the cocktail hour, while the wedding party took photographs, we explored the indoor gardens. The bartender pointed us in the direction of the glasshouse- an expansive greenhouse with a jungle and butterfly garden. It was a little more than impressive.

butterfly on flower hanging vines in jungle

butterfly garden

Soon it was time for the rest of the wedding festivities: bridal party introductions, first dances, cake cutting, and bouquet tossing. Though there was a cake to cut, the bride and groom chose to serve crepes filled with caramelized peaches, Nutella, or blueberries, an homage to the groom’s French heritage.

wedding first dances

Before long, the festivities were over, and the celebration came to a close.

To Kirsten and Nico- You guys were made for each other, and I wish you both the best on your new cross-country adventure!

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