As we approach the beginning of fall, we wanted to take a moment to reflect back on a fabulous summer of wedding celebrations. One wedding that really stood out for us was LeAnne and Geoffrey who were married on the last weekend in June. LeAnne and her mother were both very involved in the planning process and were eager to utilize all the spaces both inside and out that the Mansion provided. The decision was to host a cocktail style reception so that guests were able to roam different areas of the Mansion while a delectable selection of food prepared by David Alan Hospitality was offered. The ceremony was held on our gand Vista, with cocktail hour following in our Tennis Pavilion. Guest were able to enjoy drinks and passed appetizers while surrounded by our blooming rose trellis. The party then moved up to the terrace for formalities as guests continued their feast while meandering the indoors Loggia and Ballrooms. One touch we especially love was the creative approach of hanging fairy lights from our elm trees that frame the terrace. It provided a whimsical background while guests toasted the bride and groom.
We hope you enjoy a peek into what was a fabulous day!
Every bride envisions beautiful weather for her wedding day, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Rain doesn’t have to ruin a wedding day—unless you are planning on tying the knot in an open field or on a beach. There are many ways to prepare for rain on your wedding day and make the best of an uncontrollable situation.
It’s best to create a rain plan ahead of time so you know exactly what you are going to do if inclement weather is forecasted. Not only does the plan avoid last minute decisions, it will reduce your pre-wedding anxieties because a plan is in place ready to be executed. Here are some solutions to consider when creating a rain plan:
It may be possible to delay the ceremony for a few minutes if there is just a passing shower. Once the rain passes, the fresh dew on the grass and the wet air may create a translucent fog perfect for intimate photographs. You might even get lucky with the appearance of a rainbow! Waiting for the rain to stop allows you to continue with your original planned ceremony site. You don’t have to change a single detail, you may just need to rehearse you vows for another thirty minutes!
Walking in wet grass can ruin shoes and even ruin long dresses. Changing your ceremony site to the terrace can alleviate those problems. With the lovely view of the vista as a backdrop and a beautiful floral arch as the focal point, everything will be intimate and beautiful. With the white resin chairs and a unique aisle runner to show off your style, no one will know that you moved your location.
Tenting the terrace is always an option if your heart is set on an outside ceremony. You get the outdoor ambiance without worrying about getting wet. The tent is a beautiful accessory for a rainy day as it allows for an outdoor ceremony, cocktails and dancing, even in inclement weather. Arrangements for tents must be made in advance. It is best to call rental companies to determine what lead time they need and what their cancellation policies are if you decide you don’t need the tent.
There are times when the only alternative is to move the ceremony indoors. One of the ballrooms can be utilized as the ceremony space for your wedding day. With the mantle and fireplace as your back drop or a gorgeous arch if you desire, everything will come together seamlessly. You may have up to 120 chairs for designated seating for special guests. The rest of your guests will stand around and watch the ceremony unfold before their eyes. Saying “I do.” In the loggia is also an option. The center doors can be opened and guests will still be able to view the vista.
A fun way to incorporate rain on your wedding day is to utilize umbrellas in your photos. Coordinate the colors of the umbrellas to match your shoes or your bridesmaid dresses. Your pictures will look unique and the colors will match the rest of the bridal party.
Rain doesn’t have to ruin your wedding day. Your family and friends have come to celebrate your special day, and they will be watching your smiles and not the clouds.