The ceremony was held on the hillside before a purple chuppah overlooking the pool and house below. Samara walked around the pool and up the hill on a path lined in purple and peach rose petals. She was gorgeous with her long wavy hair worn down and pulled away from her face with a diamond hairpin.
Jeff performed acoustic guitar versions of “Hallelujah” (a la Jeff Buckley) for Brian’s ceremony entrance and “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell for Samara. Even though I was a distance away directing traffic, I could hear these beautiful songs coming from up on the hill. I’m definitely going to recommend them for our couples in the future!
The guys wore tan suits, and the bridesmaids wore purple gowns and carried bouquets of pink, red, yellow and purple zinnias and snapdragons. Chalk signs announced, “Dinner, Dancing and Merriment” this way, pointing to the tennis court above where the tented reception was held.
The tables were arranged family style and decorated with matching wildflower bouquets. Each was named for places that were special to the couple…with the exception of the Hurricane Irene table, a last minute addition that highlights the couple’s good humor about the damage to their property only one week before the wedding. Each place had a printed menu describing the family style menu and wine pairings selected by Sami and Brian, tied with a sprig of lavender.
Sami and Brian were introduced to “Rock Me Like a Hurricane,” (take that, Irene!) and then shared a first dance to “When You Say Nothing At All” by Allison Kraus.
The dance floor was filled with such energy it makes me smile just to think of it. There were certainly a lot of Lady Gaga and Beyonce fans in the house!
The Food & More
Delicious! Eddie from Lola’s Catering created a family style menu of short ribs, fish and sweet potato gnocchi that was unbelievable. Instead of cake, the newlyweds treated their guests to an extravagant dessert buffet, with cigars and scotch.
It’s not easy pulling of a wedding at home and making it look easy. Kudos to you both, Sami and Brian! Thanks so much for inviting us to be a part of it.
Catering by Lola’s Catering
Photos by Uplift Photography