Though threats of rain and thoughts of a muddy gown hung overhead, Samantha (Sam) and Shane’s memorable day was as enchanting as a garden wedding could be at Norfolk Botanical Garden on Saturday, June 21st. Tropical flowers, ladies clad in ocean blue, and an aisle laden in cantaloupe and magenta rose petals created a warm and airy ambiance for 60 guests on the Baker Hall Terrace.
Samantha was so funny, as it began to drizzle she knew the wedding might have to be held in the Rotunda instead of Renaissance Court as she had dreamed , but she continued to make jokes and said as long she could take her photos in Renaissance, she would be OK. Within a half an hour the rain cleared, but Sam didn’t want her 3 foot train to be ruined by the obviously muddy courtyard. Botanical Garden wedding coordinator Valerie Young suggested having the ceremony on the patio; the perfect solution, no mud and the reception was immediately following in Baker Hall. While the ceremony did not take place in the ever so popular Renaissance Court, Sam and Shane managed to have their wedding photos taken in the garden.
Immediately following a joyfully teary and intimate ceremony, guests entered a tropical paradise with amazing arrangements of orchids, stargazers and callas by Posy Floral Design Studio. The families were the funniest, cutest and most loving one could hope to see. The family danced to “Sunrise, Sunset” in honor of Samantha’s grandparents. Guests danced until the 11th hour when the couple drove off as family members celebrated. The décor was spectacular, the bride and groom were sheer perfection and the wedding was fabulous!
Congratulations Samantha and Shane, Stephanie and I loved working with you!