Thursday, September 11, 2008

Something old, something new...

As I said in my last post, we welcomed a new member to our family about 5 weeks ago. My oldest child, and only daughter, had a fairy tale wedding in the perfect setting. The happy couple met about 5 years ago while they were both enrolled at the same college. Since their families come from opposite ends of New York State, the bride and groom chose a beautiful, 200 year old inn in Central New York for their special day.

... located in a picturesque town called Skaneateles, NY...

... which is on beautiful Skaneateles Lake.

The Sherwood is tastefully decorated - from the lobby...

... to the dining room...

... out to the porch overlooking the lake where they served breakfast each morning.

And from one end of the hall ...

... to the other.

The guests rooms were elegant and sophisticated, and like the rest of the inn, were decorated with period furnishings purchased through the years at antique and estate sales. Some rooms had fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. All of the rooms had comfortable quilt covered beds, sitting areas and sumptuous wallpaper and fabrics.

Here is the room Jeff, Michael and I stayed in.

Here is my Dad's room ...
... and here is Brian's.
Jenny and Ralph's room was just as beautiful and made a perfect backdrop for the pictures of the wedding party getting ready.
They exchanged vows in front of family and friends, under a canopy on the side lawn of the Inn.

All of the guests got a kick out of the irony of a sign advertising psychiatric services just outside of the tent.

The cake was beautiful and was crafted by a bakery located behind The Sherwood that they are affiliated with. We made sure we stopped in before heading home to stock up on delicious artisan breads and decadent pastries.

The flowers, which were fresh, were done by the very talented mother of the groom and they were the most beautiful wedding flowers I have ever seen. She also took the time to research the meaning of each of the flowers she used and included only those flowers that had significant meanings for the newlyweds.

Then Jenny attached a locket from my Mother and a brooch from her father's Mother to the ribbon of her bouquet to remember the grandmothers that couldn't be with us.

My contribution to the wedding was a candy buffet done in the wedding colors of ivory, blue, light blue and brown. I had fun picking up different shaped and sized apothecary jars and filling them with candy in Jenny's color scheme.

The bride's dress was stunning in ivory with a champagne lace overlay.

And she took the white lace off of the veil I wore 27 years ago when I married her father and dyed it to match the lace on her dress. The color was perfect. The final touches to her wedding ensemble were a 3 strand pearl choker that belonged to my grandmother and earrings that were a wedding gift from the groom.
My beautiful and handsome children.

Completing the weekend was delicious food and a hotel staff that are second to none. All in all, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding for my precious daughter. And if you ever find yourself in the Finger Lake region of New York, stop by The Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles and discover the magic yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed.


Joy said...

I want to go there for a vacation. It's beautiful!
The wedding and the bride look absolutely gorgeous! How sweet of her to where something of yours.

My only daughter got married this year and wore my wedding dress. She altered it a bit---making the puffy long sleeves into cap sleeves. She got so many compliments on it. People were amazed when they heard that it was originally mine.

Picket said...

Morning friend...what a gorgeous post...the rooms are breathtaking and oh my word all the wedding details! What a beautiful couple!!!! Congrats to your beautiful daughter & son-in-law. I want to thank you for all the prayers & encouragement you have given me and my family this past has meant more than words can say....take care my friend and have a great weekend!

Deb said...

Hi JoAnne, this was a beautiful setting for a wonderful day. I wish your daughter and her new husband the best that life can offer. Deb

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

What a beautiful and enchanting inn and wedding! Everything was just beautiful! ...including your daughter! The candy bar was really neat! :) ~Rhonda

Dawnie said...

Your blog is very nice. I love the ideas and photos of whats going on in your home. I want to make some changes also but after 30 years of marriage, I'm reluctant to purchase new bedroom furniture or dining room. I may at some point, do the dining room. Long marriages with furniture for long years,,,hold sentimental value--even though I am tired of the same things!

I'm sorry your son is struggling with his illness and I will send up a prayer for him and your little family.

Our oldest son who will turn 30 on October 3rd, is getting married on the 4th. I had a painting done by another blogger for their wedding and am thrilled with it. My daughter will be getting married next year, and I will be on the lookout soon for ideas for her!

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Joanne, I loved seeing this post of your daughter's beautiful wedding!...Coincidentally, we lived very close to Skaeneatles a couple years ago! We lived on 31 acres with a big farmhouse, & would go there for lunch & to shop, especially charming during the Christmas holidays!!...but very cold! :)...Thank you for sharing about one of America's lovliest towns!....Heidi XO

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Lisa said...

This is awesome!! Those photos of your daughters wedding are magical, especiallly the on with the wedding dress hanging on the canopy bed. Not to mention the gorgeous bride wearing her mothers veil.
perfect, darling..what a lovely occasion!
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