for the love of trees

The wedding front has been quiet for me lately.  Just two years ago I would have found it unimaginable to go 3 months without attending a wedding but now that almost everyone I know is hitched, the wedding scene is slowing down.  Not totally though.  As I mentioned, we’ve got 3 weddings in 4 weeks and that started last weekend.  We went to the Pocono Mountains in PA last weekend hence our lakeside stay.  Friday evening was spent at another, larger lake known as Lake Wallenpaupack.  Say that 10 times fast.  Or just try to spell it.   

The ceremony and reception were held at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort.

The couple developed their wedding theme around nature specifically starring trees.  Fittingly they said their “I do’s” under the huge trees next to Lake Wallenpaupack.  They stood under this beautiful trellis decorated with ferns and blooming purple and white stock.

I snapped this picture of the sky just as the ceremony was beginning.  Call me delusional but does that cloud formation look like a heart?  BTW after raining for 10 days straight, like hurricane type rain, it was sunny and gorge on their wedding day.  Somebody was lookin’ out!

Let’s talk about what they wore.  Starting with the guys…

The groom and his men were dressed to the nines in classic heather grey 3-piece suits.  The grey was very refreshing for a September wedding.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen this seemingly obvious look before.  Why does everyone go straight for the dark tux/suit? 

Grey is chic.  Very Mad Men if you will.  Who doesn’t want to channel a little Don Draper charm?

 Onto the ladies…

The bridesmaids defined the deep purple color scheme. Their dresses were strapless cocktail length from David’s Bridal in different variations. The girls can totally wear these dresses again. Really they can. They were a good choice giving DB some new credibility in my book.  Their dresses were exactly the color of the first one pictured.

The bride’s gown was the show stopper!  It was a drop waist sweetheart cut with a full train.  Covered in taffeta applique flowers. Love! Seriously gorge.  It suited the stunning bride to a tee.  This picture looks likeit came from a model photo shoot.  I know.  But it is the actual couple sporting their fashionable wedding attire.  Don who?

If this were my dress I think I would cut it up into ruffly pillow shams.  Because I’d want to sleep with it always.  And I mean that in a good/uncreepy way.  If that’s at all poss.  Love the flowers.

The cake.  Yum…

You didn’t miss the tree theme there, did ya?  Loving how these branches look like they were embroidered right on the cake.

Can we talk about the flowers?  A subject close to my heart.

The centerpieces fit right in with the theme.  The father of the bride made custom wooden planters that resembled the rawness of a tree’s bark.

Who said every floral centerpiece has to be created from fresh flowers?  Take a close look.  All of the flowers are blooming plants.  They included seasonal garden flowers like asters, kalanchoe & geraniums in the center for height.  And then pansies, impatiens, ivy & vinca vine provided depth and filler.  The planters added plenty of color and were a great DIY project that will keep on bloomin’ beyond the reception and even the honeymoon.

Hydrangeas cut from the mother of the bride’s garden decorated the sweetheart table.  Could they be any more perfect?

Seriously they don’t even look real.  Seasonal perfection!

The bride’s bouquet.  Simple, lovely and fragrant stock in purple & white with a touch of lavender statice.

Congratulations to my newlywed cousin and his wife!  Stunning details all around…

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