Monday, September 15, 2008

Showers and Weddings

Weddings are fun! Our family has had several weddings the last few years. Our backyard is one of the places that events around weddings or the wedding itself takes place. Two weeks ago, I gave a wedding shower for my sister in the back yard. It was a simple event, yet even simple events can, and in my case do, take quiet a bit of work. The yard is rather wild. The flowerbeds are full of culinary and medicinal herbs. The "lawn" is mostly clover, selfheal, English lawn daisy, and plantain. Around the chairs, I put bamboo poles into the ground and tie ribbons on them. they are festive fluttering in a small breeze.
Scattered around the yard are torches, candles, and lanterns. As the evening grows dark, the yard becomes magical looking. I forgo the usual cake and use the seasons bounty to make pies for dessert. Deciding what pies to make is a huge problem, there are soooooooo many! I finally narrow the selection down to eight.

Topping the list is strawberry pie. I love this no fail receipe.

I tried a new receipe from the Better Homes and Garden magazine. pie.
White chocolate Cranberry Pie. YUM!!!!!
This past week, the wedding.
We rearranged the chairs. Added lots of tule, as bows on the chairs, streaming between the poles with lights hidden in the layers.
We added more candles and lanterns.As people arrived, the light faded, candles were lit.Vows were spoken.

I'm very thankful that our place has hosted so many special events, and created so many memories. Last night, when Gerry and I were sitting in front of the backyard fireplace, we recounted memories, family times, what life is about, our relationships. The memory of an events, simply done, so much lasting joy.


cityfarmer said...

Be still my heart!

Looking forward to the changing of the seasons..we kinda "lost" the summer....
I am certainly touched and warmed by your thoughts and prayers.

It's all I can do to keep up with care giving and updates but it's so rewarding...stop in if you have a moment


Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Both events looked great. I love outdoor parties. The garden at night, so pretty. White choclate cranberry pie, who knew? We sometimes have pies instead of cakes for birthdays too.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Wow--what a magical place to have weddings and parties!! I love that you make pies instead of cake so you can use natural fruits are so cool!

Smiles, Karen

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh how much work. Oh how much fun! AND oh how beautiful. xo rachel