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December 10, 2016
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Those little touches

photo by Keith Sirchio

Special ceremony space
Raye’s wedding was held at her family’s country home in Milanville, PA. (They live in Brooklyn). The house is a converted barn and is nothing short of breathtaking. The Barn, as we call it, is a modern, open space that looks out onto the river valley. Sunflowers from the groom’s mother’s farm lined the beams, and guests stood along the side on hardwood floors (no shoes, please) as Raye walked down the makeshift aisle in her Sophia Kokosalaki dress and stood with her husband on a platform that made it look like they were floating among the trees. The bridesmaids wore black dresses of their own choosing and hand-dyed flower wreaths in their hair. It was a sight to behold. The reception was in a large tent nestled into the field across the road from The Barn. The dinner was from Early Bird Cookery, and the band provided swinging music to which guests danced into the night.

The vows
As participants/witnesses, the bride and groom wanted each guest to “sign-off” on the marriage, so they created an art piece and built a table in which it was encased. It was a slab of (near-cured) ultra cal (plaster) into which they dropped ink right after saying their vows. The ink signified their signatures. After the ceremony, everyone else came around The Barn and was asked to participate in the signing process on a larger piece. This entailed using droppers to drip many colored inks onto the plaster. (It was a hit with the kids, who added so much color that it started to blend into brown.)

The before and after
Although the wedding reception and ceremony are the main events, it really adds something special to provide things to do for your guests on the days before and after the wedding as many are traveling from distant places. The rehearsal dinner the night before Raye’s wedding was held at The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA, with food provided and prepared by Ant Hill Farm Kitchen of Dyberry Township, PA. After the dinner, we all headed over to The Heron in Narrowsburg, NY for a night of fun. The day after the wedding, we gathered at The Barn for a brunch of pastries, fresh fruit and coffee, provided by Beach Lake Bread, and then we either headed down to the river at their property or drove the short distance to Skinners Falls for a lazy day in the sun.