Well, it's over for me, anyway. The wedding was held at an estate called Longview, The Poe House. The wreath on the door is fresh, as are all the flowers. The variegated ivy came from my yard.
This is the dining room, where the cake is usually placed, but was not for this wedding.
One of the "altar" arrangements.
The buffet centerpiece. It sat atop a cocktail table placed in the center of a cluster of round tables. I like it better when I can place it atop a small pedestal, but this is the way the caterer wanted it.
One of the fourteen centerpieces; seven were in ginger jars and seven were in square vases, seen below. See the medium pink rose in the lower left corner? It is a garden rose from Ecuador and the fragrance is heavenly. They were out of season too, since it is now winter in Ecuador, and the wholesaler had a hard time locating enough of them for me.
I did not get photos of the bride's and bridesmaid's bouquets for this one. The cake baker, who should have delivered the cake around 4pm, didn't arrive until 5:30 (and the ceremony was to start at six).
Then, she had to completely assemble a four tier cake and add icing decor between each tier. I could have left at 5:15 pm, but I had to wait until she finished assembling the cake so I could decorate it. We were trying to keep the bride from knowing that the cake was late - and it wasn't easy!
I am always uncomfortable when guests are arriving and I am still on site. Women in gorgeous long dresses and men in tuxes or dress suits were milling about, and there I stood beside the cake baker, who was dressed in denim shorts and sneakers. At least I had on linen pants and cr*cs. I was livid and trying not to show it, but because of the cake woman, I will have to charge the parents another 45 minutes of labor. I suspect they are going to have a heated discussion with her later. The cake was not even pretty and rather amateurish in design. It is too bad, because everything else about the wedding was classic and beautiful.
Mr. kenju was in good spirits tonight. The wedding site is only 1/4 mile from his hospital, so I got there about 6:10 pm. The roommate and his wife were talkative again, and I found out that they had been up at 3am, talking and laughing. The nurses thought they were nuts, and so do I. But they are really enjoying each other, and I am happy for that.