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Breakfast at Hartley’s

Did you know that before the 1880s, a couple was required by law to have a morning wedding ceremony? During Victorian times, the U.S. followed English custom with ceremonies between 10am and noon considered most fashionable.

Me posing with the bride at Hartley BotanicaEven though I’m not a morning person, I was excited to receive an invitation to a 10am wedding of my friends Scott & Judy at one of my favorite locations, the lush gardens of Hartley Botanica. The breathtaking wedding aisle featured a series of vine-covered arches, glistening with morning dew. The bride was equally resplendent in a strapless peach-colored gown with glittering embroidery. Ever the originals, for their recessional Scott and Judy danced down the aisle to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.”

The social hour unfolded on a garden patio where guests partook of champagne along with bagels and cream cheese. A full breakfast reception followed, and Command Performance Catering put on a delicious and lavish buffet, including an omelet bar replete with bay shrimp, avocado and other gourmet goodies. I may not like mornings, but I love breakfast, and accompanied by a joyous mood and tropical surroundings, eggs never tasted so good.

I also noticed the vibe at this wedding was particularly relaxed and fun—so when Scott and Judy invoked the century-old tradition of a morning wedding, they were definitely on to something… What do you think? Anyone else planning to serve breakfast for their big day?

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Oct 20, 2008.
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