Wedding venue choices and their size certainly cover the gamete nowadays as our October three weddings attest. Two of which we were the grooms’s parents.

Our youngest wedding couple were married 2 weekends ago and just missed having their wedding venue in Shelldance Orchid Garden cancelled.

I actually had edited out those power lines…

Why? Those California fires and an antiquated electrical grid system necessitated shutting down power to many neighborhoods in the Bay area the following weekend. Pacifica was one of them without power. Whew. That would have been a challenging ‘dark’ beginning to a betrothal with the orchids in the greenhouse.

It turns out that particular Saturday of October is the most common date to be married. About 33,000 couples chose that date. Whoa!

The 60+ guests enjoyed eating au fresco with the aid of heaters as it does get chilly when that sun goes down.

In the foreground Cousins from Boston,Dallas, Denver, Conway and Madison at this table…
View from Shelldance Orchid Gardens , Pacifica. CA

The weather gods did provide beautiful skies and sunsets for all 3.

The first family wedding took place outside of Madison, Wisconsin at Century Barn in Mt. Horeb. A back drop of expansive farmland with rolling hills lent itself for the outdoor ceremony,

Century Barn Mt Horeb WI

a large tent dining area for the 2oo guests…

and historic barn for enjoying live music, cocktail hour and dancing into the night.

And the third wedding was more old school… the smallest (~50) in a house of worship.

Dancing on the sidewalk…

and eating in the social hall downstairs.

No matter the size nor the venue our wishes are the same.

In order of weddings a humongous Mazal Tov to Leah and Simon, Karen and Steven and Maggie and Ed… May all three couples share a beautiful life together.

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