November 14, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Fairy tale wedding
My great-nephew Blake got married this past weekend. His bride, Katelin, wanted a “fairy tale” wedding. She certainly had one. Their wedding, I think, was probably the prettiest I’ve ever attended.
Blake and Katelin live in Nashville, Tenn., a place I like to visit. My niece Sister, Blake’s mother, lives off and on in Nashville and I like to see her as often as possible.
Great-nephew Brandon, Blake’s brother, also lives in Nashville. Emily, their little sister, who is two weeks younger than Meredith, my oldest granddaughter, lives in Little Rock, Ark., with her dad and his partner Donny. They own Bella Flora, a gorgeous flower shop. (Donny began decorating the Arkansas state capitol for Christmas Monday — a huge honor!)
Donny did all the floral arrangements for the wedding and reception and it really did look like a fairy tale.
Brandon and Emily were in the wedding party and both were beautiful. Evy, Blake’s 18-month-old daughter was a flower girl and almost stole the show, she was so cute.
Katelin, who is a very pretty young woman, was transformed into a princess in her beautiful, glittering gown and tiara with a sparkly veil.
There were white flowers and flower petals scattered about and tiny, flickering candles lit the seating area for guests as well as the gazebo area in the Atrium at the Opryland Hotel. You could hear water trickling down and the ceiling of the garden area has pinprick lights that looked like sparkling stars. It really was magical.
The reception was even prettier. Donny had huge, sumptuous bouquets on every table, all with tiny, flickering candles scattered about. The bridesmaids’ bouquets — round bouquets with a tiny candle in the center, were grouped and flickering on a side table.
After appetizers, etc. a sit-down meal was served — beef roast with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dessert was, of course, the wedding cake, which was rich and chocolatey and gooey, along with champagne. Meredith, Emily and Robin were devastated to find out that they were getting sparkling grape juice. My champagne glass, nearly full, disappeared from my seat. I couldn’t imagine where it went.
As we were leaving, I told Katelin and Blake that the wedding had been like a fairy tale.
Katelin replied with a huge smile, “That’s what I asked for.”
The young prince and princess are “at home” in Nashville.
...and they’ll live happily ever after.
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