Even though my bride was wishy-washy on many subjects, there were two things that she had made firm decisions on.  Her dress and her venue.  Both were chosen with surprising speed, considering her track record with all the other wedding options.

When we had the “venue” conversation, she was pretty firm.  She was inviting everyone to the reception, but not the actual ceremony.  The ceremony itself was to be a private affair, and only a handful of immediate family were to be present.  This was a different sort of situation than I was used to.  I have a huge family, so weddings in our circle are usually large, hectic, noisy events with wiggly children and multiple bridal party members in matching outfits.  This new concept was alien to me.  Was she sure?  Would people be offended?  It was like having to check the cut list after tryouts.  Who made the ceremony team, and who had to ride the reception bench?  Thoughts were buzzing around in my head, but then I did some research and found out that this option is actually becoming quite popular.

A magical courtesy of Rev. Bonnie White

Many couples are choosing to create a more intimate setting while sharing their vows by limiting the number of guests.  Having only a few people in attendance allows the couple to truly focus on each other and the beauty of the moment without the distractions that a crowd may provide.  It also allows the couple to exchange vows in a place that may be special to them, but not roomy enough for a whole audience.

That was the case for my bride and groom.  From the moment my bride drove me to the ceremony site within a peaceful gated community and we stopped at the entrance to a woodland path, I was captivated and enchanted.  The boathouse was nestled right on the edge of the water, surrounded by gorgeous greenery, and featured a stunning view of the hills beyond.  Between the romance of the woods and the quiet stillness of the afternoon air, this place had a dreamy, magical quality to it that is just perfect for my couple.  It’s not perfect, however, for any more than a handful of people.  The stillness and quiet would be lost in the general noise of an audience, and the magic would be gone.

The Boathouse. Photos courtesy of Rev. Bonnie White

After seeing the ceremony site, I was excited to see where my bride was planning the reception.  She had made an appointment to visit the venue with her mother, and I was excited to come along.  We drove through some beautiful countryside and pulled up in front of a huge Victorian style manor….and a huge ol’ barn.  The reception was actually going to be in the barn, not the manor.




Once again, I was questioning my bride.  A victorian manor, I can picture, but a barn?  Really?  How the heck am I supposed to make a barn look romantic, magical, and charming?

I may have been pushed beyond my MOH abilities this time…


    1. Hello!
      Because I work with a floral supply company and have access to some great creative minds and amazing products, I volunteered to help turn my bride’s reception space into the magical, romantic wonderland that she was hoping for. I wouldn’t say that this is necessarily a specific MOH responsibility, but since I feel like I could be helpful in that area, I decided to offer her the option. As you can see from my blog, I tend to take on more than is necessary sometimes! = )

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