The second longest day of the year proved to be a beautiful day for a wedding. The weather forecasters had predicted on and off thunderstorms all day, but, as is true in most cases, they were wrong. The morning and afternoon were grey and a bit cool, but there was no rain in sight for most of the day.
My cousin Lindsay and her new husband had their ceremony at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens, and it was one of most beautiful weddings I have ever been to. Sorry to those of you who love church weddings, but to me, nothing can beat the beauty of the great outdoors.
Before and after the ceremony, we had a great time wandering around the gardens. So many fun photo props! And can we please talk about how cute my niece Aurelia is with her pigtails?
The most darling little moonbeam with her mama. And her juice.
Since there was limited seating during the ceremony, I opted to stand in the back, which I actually preferred. It was nice to be in a great spot for pictures (although I didn’t use flash and made sure I was not in the photographer’s way….that’s a huge no-no).
Here comes the groom…
And the maid of honor, my cousin Cayla….
And the beautiful bride escorted by Uncle Dan!
Like most brides, Lindsay looked a bit overwhelmed by all the excitement of the day, but she held herself together beautifully. It was easy to see just how happy she was, and I don’t think I ever saw Jake stop smiling.
Her dress was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen (besides mine of course 🙂 ).
In lieu of candle-lighting, Lindsay and Jake did a tree planting ceremony, which I thought was a cool idea (and very practical!).
Their family members added soil to the tree’s pot from a significant location, then the bride and groom watered the tree together and took the tree home to plant.
The ceremony was short and sweet. Congrats to the newlyweds!
After wandering around the gardens after the ceremony, we headed to Riverside Ballroom for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Leinie’s Red to drink.
And a wonderful plate of nibbles including smoked salmon. Swoon.
Lindsay and Jake said each table would have to sing a word with “love” in it to see them kiss, but I couldn’t get my table to join in. Boo. The dinner was standard Wisconsin wedding fare, served family style: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, beef tips, gravy, rolls, and coleslaw. There were two kinds of cake, and I obviously opted for the chocolate one.
Time to dance!
What a gorgeous couple.
The drinks and laughter were flowing, and it was a great time to catch up with the Leahy family. They are so much fun!
We also had a lot of fun with the photo booth.
I adore photo booths at weddings. The candy bar was also a welcome presence. Gummy bears!
Dave was there, too, but didn’t make it into any of the pictures! Sneaky boy.
All in all, we had a fabulous time at the wedding. As my cousin Mark told me last night, “I skipped out on a bachelor party tonight and told my friends ‘Sorry, but Leahy weddings are way more fun.”
Congratulations Lindsay & Jake!