as we drove to tennessee, i realized that i had forgotten how fickle winter can be as she edges her way to spring. the night before she had furiously sputtered flurries of snow. i was afraid that, in her brutality, she'd in an instant seal the fate of any buds and blooms, who were all too happy to be the first signs of spring. but, as the day progressed, it ended up her bark was worse than her bite and the snow left as soon as it had arrived. leaving the way for beautifully crisp, foggy mornings that warmed into cool spring days.
tennessee was so immensely generous with her blooms. so many wonderful gardeners and friends scoped out places where huge bushes of bridal wreath spirea lived, took us down windy country roads to daffodil fields that were as old as the farmhouses to which they belonged, and invited us to come snip bits from their personal gardens. thus, we spent the week immersed in a flurry of spring flowers that all seemed to have popped up over night. we cut and foraged the most magnificent hellebores, unique daffodils and the most luxurious cherry blossom, each so sweet and delicate it makes your heart hurt. it was such a magical time, that i think aelish and i won't soon forget.
st. patrick's day arrived, and as all good weddings, the night before filled with thunderstorms. i think for some brides, as it was in my case, the storms are a weird right of passage and a test of your emotional state. i think i barely passed. but the fear was all for naught, and in the wee hours of the morning, i watched as the sun rose banishing the dark, angry clouds that gave way to an ethereal sunrise of pinks, oranges and corals.
later that morning, luke and megan, surrounded by their friends and family on a hilltop at a century farm in the hills of tennessee were married.
before the wedding began, my sister, lillie generously agreed to model for us. the green hills were too perfect to not take advantage of! she's wearing our mom's wedding dress --which makes it all the more special.
i can still remember the way that bouquet smelled --cherry blossom, lilac, rose and a hint of narcissus -- i hope megan can too.