It was a magically gorgeous fall evening when we gathered for Charity’s Wedding Dinner at the Millcreek Inn in Millcreek Canyon. Siblings and their spouses, parents, grandparents and Charity and Ian’s very dearest friends enjoyed a delightful evening to celebrate their marriage. The setting was simply spectacular!
Eli and Julie did a stellar job with the seating chart and the place cards and table numbers!
Take a closer look at those tables carefully designed by Charity with the help of Julie, her wonderful friend Josephine and Lindsay Spencer, my sister’s incredible daughter who is a home designer but also does an smashing job with flowers.
Is there anything more stunning than a Dalia?
Above: two arches were beautifully decked with flowers and Baby’s breath balls bedecked the stage. Charity was especially excited about the place settings with gold flatware and a flower at every place setting!
The note you see tucked into the napkin at every place was a heartfelt,handwritten thank you note for everyone person who came to the dinner, from Charity and/or Ian.
It was such a festive atmosphere with delicious appetizers while people met and mingled:
Charity’s dear friend from her Wellesley days flew in from California to help with the wedding. Here she is setting up the beautiful tables.
So many friends and family members flew I from afar:
Sarah( in the middle, drove on her own from Denver. Note the pensive Father of the Bride in the background:
And we took full advantage of the gorgeous setting to take pictures! Here is Ian’s family being organized by the official photographer. Two brothers and their families came from the Ohio and Pennsylvania,. You won’t see any kids tonight, since we had already had a big party with them, plus 28 kids under 13 tend to be very noisy!
And we took several shots of our Eyrealm couples with the flaming background….thanks to Shawni who sent every one of the pictures on this post after she arrived back in China
Julie and Eli came from New York City:
Saydi and Jeff came from Boston:
Saren and Jared came from Ogden, Utah. In some ways that was harder than coming from NYC because they had to burn up the roads going back and forth between events!
We were so glad to have Josh from AZ, who took lots of pictures:
It was incredible to have all five of our boys together again! Going from right to left…. Jonah (sporting an amazing beard) and Aja flew from Maui, Tal, flew in from the Upper East side of Manhattan,.Josh, flew in from Gilbert, Noah and Kristi drove their enormous Sprinter from Orange County and Eli and Julie came from the Upper West side of Manhattan.
It was also awesome to have those beautiful women together. They had come from far and wide especially Shawni who flew from China, arrived on Wednesday afternoon and returned to Shanghai on Sunday morning. Talk about jet lag!
Left to right above: Saydi Saren, Shawni, Aja, Kristi, Julie.
And of course, the happy couple who flew in (several times over the last month) from Palo Alto.
As you can see, we were pretty happy about the whole thing!
It was an evening that none of us will ever forget! Ian’s Father, walking in the middle of the background there below, was the Master of Ceremonies and did a superb job of introducing the program which included a one minute tribute from each of Charity and Ian’s siblings (that’s a lot) as well as the parents. It was extraordinary that everyone kept to the time limit (the parents had five minutes combined). The couple also each had a friend tribute and gave a warm response. That beautiful, crisp air was so full of love that we could have cut it with one of those beautiful gold knives!
Memorable, Momentous and Marvelous!
Coming next, the Wedding Reception at our home on the following night…..