It was another gorgeous autumn day, perfect for cocktails under the pavilion at Le Chambord.
The bridesmaids were dressed in chocolate brown with sage sashes around their waists, carrying bouquets of huge sunflowers and orange zinnias. Cherylâ€™s wedding gown had a splash of color at the waist with a matching sage sash.
PLACE CARD IDEA: Instead of typical place cards, Cheryl and Matt gave their guests chocolate bars with their name and table assignment written on them. The guests arrived at their tables to find chocolate brown boxes tied with bows at each setting. Inside were several tiny chocolate bars. (I know because Matt and Cheryl gave us a favor, too!)
The cake was the piece de resistance, covered in chocolate fondant, each tier with a sage band and decorated with sunflowers. I usually avoid wedding cake (since weâ€™re around it so much!) but I made an exception for this one from Sweet Dreams bakery. Annette, the pastry chef at Le Chambord, makes wedding cakes to die for; this one was no different. The rich chocolate fondant was delicious, and inside was cheesecake, white cake and cream. Yum!
It was so much fun watching Matt and Cheryl enjoy the music at their wedding. They were so excited about their introduction song, â€œI Believe In a Thing Called Loveâ€ by the Darkness that they ran in to the song and Matt swung Cheryl around a few times, absolutely delighted.
Later on, we slipped in Museâ€™s song, â€œStarlight,â€ the one Cheryl had almost picked for their First Dance. Cheryl and Matt bounced around the dance floor to their special requests, â€œLet My Love Open the Doorâ€ by Pete Townsend and â€œIâ€™m Shipping Up To Bostonâ€ by the Dropkick Murphys.
You never know how a crowd will react to non-traditional songs at a wedding, but with a game couple like this, it was a slam dunk! Plus, it was awfully fun for Jeff and me to watch. (Okay, I admit it: I was dancing behind our DJ booth.)
Photos by Shirley Rosicke