Locust Grove Wedding: Jenn and John

10.1.10 Locust Grove is one of our favorite spots for a Poughkeepsie wedding! We were reminded why yet again at Jenn and John’s wedding, a butterfly garden themed wedding showcasing the best this historic gem buried right in Poughkeepsie.

Locust Grove Wedding

Admittedly, it was a rainy and somewhat gloomy day. Our new friend, photographer Rose Schaller, informed me that the clouds parted miraculously just as Jenn and the girls needed to leave for the ceremony and at every point when they planned to take photos. I take this as another sign of the good karma this couple has!

John, Jenn and their bridal party were introduced to “Danger Zone” and the groomsmen and bridesmaids wore feather boas, masks and skull caps grabbed from the box of props at the photo booth. That’s what I call an entrance!

The newlyweds danced to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. This song gets me every time, but it was even more moving watching Jenn and John dance, foreheads touching, kissing and focusing only on each other.

I’m gonna include the video right here in case you haven’t heard it yet…

Afterward, Jenn’s father gave a toast. “I didn’t know the song they chose for their First Dance,” he said. “But I was going to say that Jenn’s mother and I are the luckiest people in the world. And now, John, you are also the luckiest.”

Fate? Maybe. Weddings develop an emotional theme and this one seemed to be love, family and…being the luckiest.


The bridesmaids wore deep purple gowns and carried yellow, white and purple wildflower and daisy bouquets. Each table had matching purple linens and floral centerpieces.

The cake was a lovely, whimsical beauty decorated with a cascade of violet butterflies and yellow sugar flowers. The couple…both huge animal lovers (Jenn works at the Bronx Zoo and they have a dog, cats, a turtle and ducks!)…made donations in their guests’ names to the ASPCA. In addition, they gave them each a clear box filled with tiny multi-colored candy dog bones.

The food was absolutely delicious! Lola’s Catering prepared a simple, delectable buffet (Jeff is still salivating over the chicken with sun-dried tomatoes) and the staff was a joy to work with. It’s a sigh of relief knowing we’re working with the “family” at Lola’s.

There was no doubt about the love flowing in Locust Grove that night. I don’t think Jenn stopped smiling for even one moment! Thank you and thank you for inviting us to be a part of it.

Locust Grove

Catering by Lola’s Catering

Photos by Rose Schaller

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