Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Wedding at Graeme Park: Jo & Matt

As the program says, Jo and Matt chose to make their vows and celebrate their union at Graeme Park on a Friday evening in late June.

The bride was escorted down the aisle to meet her groom in front of the historic stone Keith House. She was accompanied by her mother and brother, maid of honor, and led by a gaggle of young nieces and nephews.

Once the vows were said, the couple led their wedding party up to the 19th century stone barn for cocktails, games on the lawn, and a buffet dinner, catered by Jamie Hollander of New Hope, in the Open Aire Affairs wedding tent.

Their cute handmade sign, cleverly hung from one of the disguised park signs, pointed the way to all the evening's activities.

Cocktail hour was held under an open tent in the barnyard in front of the barn, and consisted of a variety of homemade (by the caterer) chips, pita, and crackers and a selection of salsas and hummus. All was artfully displayed for guests to help themselves.

Guests were greeted at the tent by place cards strung up with tiny clothes pins from a lattice fence that had been constructed for the purpose.

Tables were kept simple, modern/country and youthful with vases of varying heights full of fresh lemons and hydrangeas along with pale gray and white table linens, white votive candles and classic white dinnerware.

The table numbers, which were printed on burlap squares, were attached right to the centerpieces with garden twine. 

The menu consisted of homey dishes like chicken, a carving station with beef and pork, roasted potatoes, and orzo salad, but the real star (for this sugar-loving blogger anyway) was the dessert station. Pans and pans of hot apple and pecan pie/crumble, ice cream to melt on top, and the little fruit filled tarts Jamie Hollander is famous for, capped off the meal. Despite a (thankfully) brief rain shower, guests enjoyed the ambiance of the lighted tent and were still able to get in plenty of game playing on the lawn after dinner.

Congratulations and best wishes to Jo and Matt and thanks so much for choosing Graeme Park for your celebration.

If you're planning your own wedding, Open Aire Affairs and Graeme Park are hosting an open house for couples and their families on the evening of September 19. There will be some caterers and other vendors to meet with and sample from, and you can see the property and we'll answer any questions you may have. Please RSVP to if you're interested in attending.

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