Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Joyous Announcement!!

Our youngest daughter is getting married.

She and her fiancee (who is a great guy, BTW) spent a a few days in New York during the week before Christmas.  They did typical New-York-at-Christmas stuff, including trying to freeze themselves silly standing out in the cold at the Plaza for The Today Show ... but they got on TV, and they talked to the weather lady.

Please forgive the fuzzy DVR screen capture.  It's the best I could do.

Most of the wedding plans are already in place.  The ceremony and reception will be here in early June.  The roses are in full bloom in early June ... though this had no bearing on their choice of the date ... it's just a wonderful coincidence. 

It's been a while since we did anything about the garden here at the blog, so how about a preview of what wedding guests can expect in the garden on the day of the wedding.  (All of these photos were taken in 2009 or 2010, right around the same date as the wedding will be.)

'American Pillar'


"Maggie" and 'Champneys' Pink Cluster'

'Zephirine Drouhin'

'Champneys' Pink Cluster'

The Rose Tunnel in the center of the Rose Field should look like this ...

... and the ceremony will be in front of our pavillion, under the spreading branches of our ancient pecan tree, which is adjacent to THIS:

As you might imagine, the mother of the bride is going to be working herself into a frenzy ... getting the garden into shape for this event.  I'm so excited!!!!  (and I have SOOO much work to do.)


  1. What happy news and what a lovely setting for a wedding. I can only imagine how busy you will be in the next few months getting everything ready for the wedding. But, I think you'll have lots of fun.

  2. I am so happy for you and your daughter!! What a lovely place to get married. I know you are so excited and will be so busy! They look cute on the Today show!!

  3. Oh, how wonderful... how BEAUTIFUL... and Congratulations!

  4. Oh, how wonderful! Congratulations! It will be a fairytale wedding among all the beautiful roses!

  5. What a BEAUTIFUL wedding it will be! Congratulations!


  6. Can't wait to follow you along in this journey. Congrats!!!

  7. Connie, amazingly, my blog tonight is going to be along the same vein - minus the wedding, of course. All I can say is tell yourself all along the way, "Somehow it WILL get done, and it will be beautiful." For me this relieves the stress and anxiety as I face my monumental tasks that seem absolutely impossible. Granted, you will probably be a bit tired at the end, but maybe not. Maybe you'll be able to save enough energy for the ceremony and the reception and THEN collapse. And your gardens are SO beautiful no one will notice the tiny undone stuff that you notice. Do you have a juicer?

  8. Wonderful news! A beautiful venue and the smell of roses! ▼♫

  9. What happy news! Your place looks like the most perfect setting for a beautiful wedding. So many gorgeous blooms and I am sure it will smell heavenly!

  10. Hi Connie, I know it will be an absolutely beautiful setting for the wedding. Congrats.

  11. Congratulations! It will be absolutely gorgeous. How exciting!!! I'll be right there with you in getting the garden ready for my son's wedding. (Well, I'll be across the country, in my own garden, but I'll be with you in spirit!) I think it's going to put a whole new spin on yardwork this year.
    Congrats again, Connie!

  12. Congratulations. You will be busy, but it is going to be a beautiful affair with all those roses and a beautiful bride.

  13. How exciting, Connie!!!! What a beautiful place for a wedding! Just heavenly! You WILL be a busy gal! :) I'm so happy for you all!

    xoxo laurie

  14. Those lucky wedding guests are going to be treated to not only a gorgeous bride, but also a beautiful setting!! I'm so excited for you guys!

    Kat :)

  15. Congratulations to you and your family. I would not want to trade places with you for all the species roses in China.

  16. Your daughter is going to have the most beautiful setting for her wedding.

  17. Congrats, proud
    mama!! WHAT a
    setting for a
    fantastic. The
    two of you will
    have so much fun
    pouring over all
    the details : )
    Gorgeous pics!
    xx Suzanne

  18. I just saw this! YAY FOR JENNY! I am very happy that she is happy!

  19. Congratulations to you and your DD. She should have a spectacular wedding and a very special one as well in that gorgeous setting surrounded by love and roses.
    I live in Stafford, and have long admired your home. I was so happy to see that you have done such marvelous things with it and the property. Thank you for sharing it with us via your blog.

    Sandi E

  20. Congratulations Connie! I love weddings, especially when it's your daughter's. A wedding with all those roses abound... wow! Stunning! We will have fun sharing ideas, my daughter is getting married in Sept. A fun year for both of us!

  21. Sandi, dear, you must come visit this spring while the roses are blooming!

  22. Congratulations. What a wonderful place to hold the wedding (although try not to put too much on yourself making your gardens perfect - they will be perfect just as they are). My son gets married in May so we will have wedding photos to compare.

  23. My very best wishes for the happy couple. Could not imagine a better place for a June wedding. It will be quite an occasion, for sure.

  24. oh how fun! congratulations to the happy couple. what a splendid place for a wedding! just perfect!


  25. That long rose-lined drive is perfect for a wedding! She is one lucky girl to have such a beautiful setting to be married in. All the best to you and your girl in the days ahead.



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