Monday, June 15, 2015

Slowing Down, Now Full Speed Ahead!

You may notice that some of today's pictures don't actually go with today's story.
That's the way we roll this week.
It's a little busy around here....but just for now.

We actually did slow down (just a little) this weekend.
The normal farm chores were done.

216 half-pint wide-mouth mason jars were washed and readied to serve salads.
Trees were trimmed.
The grape arbor (which will be turned into a bar) was pruned and weeded.
The guest house was cleaned and readied for guests and bridal party preparations.
A little last minute shopping was done.
Maps of the farm were drawn.
Slide shows were created.

All sorts of last minute minutiae was finished.
And then we kicked back a little....ate out and relaxed.

It's the bride-to-be and groom-to-be's last 5 days of being single.
They are spending that time here on the farm helping us with final preparations.

In five days there will be 196 guests...
62 of whom will be camping for the weekend.

On the day of the wedding there will be 2 meals and an evening snack served,
music, dancing, yard games, old fashioned family tug-of-war, egg toss, kettle corn, 
horse-drawn wagon rides, and a wandering magician to entertain anyone that is not busy.
This will be the wagon that brings the bride and her gals from the house to the ceremony...

photo courtesy of Fritz Farm Carriage Services
then later will offer guests a ride into the woods.

We will spend this week getting the grounds ready
and then decorating and getting set up.
The weather prediction at this point is a 60% chance of rain (thunderstorms)
for Saturday....
but we will not let that get us down.
No... we can handle whatever happens...
plan B involves the indoor riding arena.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that most of the day is beautiful, however.
You can cross yours as well...any little bit helps!

We've had tons of rain in the past week...we seem to be having a huge shower
(1 inch or more each shower) almost every other day.
The flowers are looking a little wilty...

but with just a little sun they will perk back up to show their sunny faces.

I will keep blogging this week, but I cannot guarantee than my posts will make much sense.
Hang in there with me....
it's gonna be a wild ride!!


  1. An American in TokyoJune 15, 2015 at 4:25 AM

    Woo hoo! Things are getting so exciting over there! Hang in there! =)

  2. Anti-Rain Dance underway, and fingers crossed for weather as perfectly beautiful as all your preparations!

  3. Oh sounds all so exciting ! Lovely photos . Yes it has been raining like mad here to and humid . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  4. Preparations, organization, timing . . .
    It all has to happen to carry off an event this size . . .
    Al the best to you this final week . . .
    It will be grand . . .
    I am enjoying watching from the sidelines!

  5. It is so exciting just reading about what you have done and what's left to you ever get frazzled !?!?..... I bet I would!! Reading about the prep for this wedding is like reading a good book that you don't want to put down. Fingers crossed for the weather to cooperate for you.

  6. i am so excited! i am having vicarious wedding excitement! i hope it doesn't rain but you have a good attitude about it if it does. it just sounds so wonderful!

  7. Oh the excitement! It will be beautiful no matter the weather for you have done so much work for this one wonderful day. I'm so glad you have taken us all along on this journey! Hugs!! June

  8. It sounds like it will be an amazing wedding!! So much thought has been put into it, it'll be wonderful. Keeping my fingers crossed for a dry day!!

  9. Sounds perfect as I know it will be..xxoo

  10. Keeping all my fingers crossed and sending prayers for absolutely no rain, but no matter what, it will be a beautiful occasion creating many happy memories for all.

    Annie v.

  11. Ooooh, so exciting! Rain on a wedding day is supposed to be good luck. We'll pray for just enough sun for the ceremony. Hope you are taking time to enjoy all of it!

  12. Hope everything goes off without a hitch! The two most fun weddings I ever attended were held at the bride's parent's homes. When my niece got married I had to laugh at my brother. He said everybody else's to do list were things like clean the house and plant the flowers. His was paint the freakin' house!

  13. Oh so very exciting. Sure wish I could be a little mouse in a corner watching all the fun. Hope you get at least enough sun for the ceremony to be outdoors. It will be a great day no matter what. I'm amazed at your organization skills. Wow. I'm excited for you all! Can't wait to read all about it and see it too! Thanks Bev!


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