First of all the setting- Elizabeth's parents have spent 3 years building this 12,000-plus square foot house with a pool and 2 ponds. In the back yard, 250 chairs were set up in a grove of trees, where the wedding would take place. The reception was in the house and around the pool area. Lots of round tables were set up with long burgundy or green tablecloths. Each table had a few candles and some seasonal flowers on it. There were flowers in the woods and floating in the pool. I guess a picture is worth a 1,000 words so here are a bunch of photos with some captions to give you a flavor for the evening.
About half of the front of the bride's parents' house.
Back of house, 2 hours before the wedding. There is a hot tub in the lower right corner of the photo. There is a waterfall in front of the hot tub, dropping into the pool.
One end of the great room. This photo was taken the day before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner. For the wedding, the wrought iron railings were decorated with vines and fresh flowers. The wedding cake was on the landing above the 3 tables on the floor.
2 hours before the wedding-the 9 piece band is setting up their lights and sound system at the other end of the great room. The doors on the right lead out to the patio overlooking the pond and pool. The doors must be about 12 feet high.
Because we got there so early, we found a perfect spot for the grandparents of the groom, in the shade in comfy seats, where they could see all that was going on around the area.
The photographer setting up a photo of the bride and her maids.
The father of the bride is in his jeans!
View of the back of the house, about one hour before the wedding.
Michal and his groomsmen are gathering on the left side of the photo.
Michal and his cousin, Kenn, just before the ceremony.
Parents of the groom-looking good!!!
Jim and his sister Terry, just before finding our seats for the ceremony.
The table (altar) where the ceremony took place.
Kenn walking Grandma down the aisle.
Here comes the bride....
Michal and one of the 2 ministers.
Exchanging rings . . . .
Mr. and Mrs. Michal Grivetti!
Grandma, Grandpa and Tucker celebrating and waiting their turns for family photos.
The Robinson side of the family.
My camera battery died right after this photo, but that is OK because what happened at the reception, stays at the reception! However, I will tell you that there was a marvelous spread of food and drink and that the band was awesome and we danced until our feet ached!
When it came time for Michal and Elizabeth to leave, all the guests were given handfuls of dried lavender and super long sparklers. We all lit our sparklers and made a wonderful arch of light which the bride and groom ran under to get to their get-a-way car.
I will do another post in the next couple of day with some more photos, especially of things we did before the wedding.
It was a wonderful weekend and we are so thankful that we were able to witness Michal and Elizabeth's union and be part of the festivities. We got to see some family and friends that we haven't seen in forever. And we got to meet Elizabeth's delightful family and friends.
I am exhausted and am going to bed.
Hope all is well.