Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lucky in Love (again)

We jump from "young love" last week to "mature love" this week as Gus and Joan tied the knot in a beautiful setting Saturday evening. The bride and groom who met a few years ago after each was widowed have a sweet love story filled with inspiring moments and now they are happier than ever. The groom proclaimed during his toast to his bride that he is "the luckiest man on the face of the earth".

Towson Golf and Country Club provided a spectacular backdrop to the event with sweeping views of Dulaney Valley in northern Baltimore County. The summer evening was breezy and comfortable as guests gathered for cocktails before the ceremony. The bride and groom arrived together and shared a toast in a private room with their grandchildren and children. When it was time to begin the ceremony, their seven grandchildren led the processional followed by the bride and groom who walked down the aisle to applause (!). Seems that their friends were all as happy as the couple about the wedding.

The ceremony recessional took longer than the actual ceremony itself because everyone wanted to share a hug with the bride and groom as they tried to walk back out of the ceremony. They never did make a grand exit as the group of guests eventually just enveloped them in hugs and kisses and the cocktail hour began.

The food at TGCC was amazing and displayed beautifully by a very friendly and efficient staff led by GM Tina Lutzi and Assistant GM Trish Adams. These woman are sharp and really know how to run a party. It is a beautiful site for a wedding and is available to non-members for special events. 

The wedding flowers were designed by longtime family florist Jonathan's Flowers and Weddings. We were actually able to use the club's linens and chairs which are nice and much better than we see at other venues where renting chairs is a necessity.

The Jody Westerlund Band was a huge hit as they kept the dance floor full with current and vintage songs. Of course there has to be cake and again a long time family favorite, Mary Elliott answered the call with beautiful strawberry shortcakes.

Congratulations Joan and Gus.
It was a pleaure being there with you and helping to make the evening magical.