Tuesday, June 16, 2009

a country wedding.

Just call us Mr. and Mrs. Overcommit. We said we wouldn't do it to ourselves again. But then my brother and his fiance had this idea of an outdoor wedding and a barn reception on our farm, and it was too tantalizing to resist. It was a test of our health and sanity and stamina and marriage. But as always, we came out on the other side. Not unscarred, but unbeaten. Months of mowing and trimming and weed-pulling and seeding and watering and sodding and barn-painting and garage-building and roofing and late-night to-do lists later, we're basking in the satisfaction of having accomplished an unreal amount of work in a very short time and reveling in the fact that our nights and weekends belong to us once again.

The wedding was on Saturday. And it was just right. Simple and fun and right. And Bob and Sarah were glowing. And the weather was perfect and the barn was handsome and the food was tasty and the string quartet was grand and the guests (approximately 200 of them) were smiling.

Now trips to Fleet Farm or Lowe's or Menard's no longer need to be a daily occurrence, and our friends can come for a visit without expecting to pick up a hammer or a paintbrush. And this place we've called home for barely a year, the place that was deserted and coming apart at the seams when we bought it, is shining these days.

8 comments:

Abbi said...

Your place looked wonderful. I am amazed at how much you have done all while doing your regular jobs too!

martha said...

Looks like it was beautiful!

Nathan Holland said...

the farm (and the wedding) was beautiful. Thank you for your hospitality and all the hard work you put into preparing your place. It was a very special day.

Venessa said...

How wonderful!! Having a wedding there was very stressful as you were getting ready for it - but just think -- you got more done in these few months than you ever would have thought! Now you really can relax and enjoy your space. I Love, love, love that barn!!!! Can I come visit you? ( : Thanks for sharing the pics!

me said...

Thanks, you guys! And yes, Venessa, please come for a visit! I haven't seen you in ages...

Ray and Renee Okerman said...

You are amazing people!!! I didn't realize you were preparing your farm for a wedding. How beautiful!!!

Derek and Michelle said...

That looks amazing. What a fun wedding!

Keren said...

Your place is so very beautiful!