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Lake Erie wedding

28th October, 2010. By Raylene Boots

Location, location, location. There are a lot of details for a wedding to be considered, but the location is one of the first things one should consider, after choosing the date. For Tabitha and Matt, location played a huge role in the success of their outdoor wedding. They were married near Lake Erie, and the view during the ceremony was only matched by the gorgeous sunset hours later.

Weather can be unpredictable, so couples must consider a back-up plan. For our outdoor wedding in late fall 1990, we booked a church “just in case” – but the weather cooperated. We had a 75 degree day, more than warm enough for the stringed quartet. Did you know there is a minimum temperature or musicians cannot tune their instruments? Consider this when planning an outdoor event with live music. But when possible, outdoor weddings can be breathtaking, as this one was.

For Tabitha and Matt, part of preparing for the weather included providing each lady guest with a beautiful scarf, as you can see in the photos below. The purple Pashmina 100% silk scarf kept me warm when the evening cooled. Some other scarf colors were ivory and pale blue. At another family wedding a few weeks later, I wore the scarf again. Thank you Tabitha!

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Unique Parent Dance

15th October, 2010. By Raylene Boots

In a previous blog, I mentioned that I am a traditionalist and believe that the parents’ dances should be included in everyone’s reception. I hold to that belief, but I must add a post script, having witnessed one of the most unique and touching mother-son “dances” I have ever seen in my twenty years experience.

I have to put “dance” in quotation marks because although it started out as a dance to the song “My Wish (For You)” by Rascall Flatts, it ended in a more personal way than a dance ever could.

Jonica and her son Ben worked out the details of their dance for his wedding on September 25. They began in a traditional manner, dancing to the touching music they had chosen. Within a minute, however, everyone could see that something very different had been planned. A table and chairs were placed on the dance floor, where mother and son moved to sit and leaf through an old family photo album. They were soon joined by father Doug and sister Janne, followed quickly by their whole family. “My Wish” was followed by everyone singing along to “Boondocks” by Little Big Town. But the word “boondocks” was replaced by ‘Slippery Rock, referring to the family homestead along the Slippery Rock Creek in the village of Wurtemburg. I have never seen anything more personal and suited to a mother and her son, and even more personal was the fact that their family members joined them. Kudos to this mother of the groom who managed to show her relationship to her son in such a personal and unique way.

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Groom’s Cake

10th October, 2010. By Raylene Boots

July 24, 2010 was the wedding of Samantha and Michael. Their reception was at the Cathedral in New Castle, a beautiful historic site you can view at www.cathedralnewcastle.com. I loved the groom’s cake they incorporated in the Ballroom, just off of the Main Dining Room. The cookie table itself was impressive, but what made it unique is found at the center of the long, traditional cookie tables. Check out these photos of this groom’s cake, crowned with a very personal cake topper. Click on each to see details. Surrounding the cake are chocolate cookies, petits fours, and candies, and especially tasty was the blend of nuts and pretzels coated with caramel and chocolate.samantha and michaels toppersamantha and michaels cookiessamantha and michaels cookie table

So when you are planning your cookie table, go for something unique and include the groom’s cake. We have seen sports fan themes, even an X-Box cake shown here.pj and jessica xbox cake

Another remarkable cookie table was at the wedding of Rebecca and Scott. The Main Dining Room at the Cathedral had a long cookie table with hundreds of dozens of cookies. What made this unique was that all the cookies on the table in the main room were light-colored pastel. All of the dark cookies were on a different table in the Ballroom. This was remarkable and a beautiful tribute to both the bride and groom  - the dark cookies were accompanied by the groom’s cake, the light cookies were accompanied by the white wedding cake.

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