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The wedding weekend took place at a beautiful bed & breakfast-style inn called the Fontainebleau. The 1814 inn is just lovely. I only wish I hadn’t been having so much fun so I could’ve taken a few more snapshots! Well, that’s not true.
The innkeepers were very gracious, and the rooms are beautifully appointed. Breakfast was wonderful both mornings (I found myself wishing for a big plate of fresh fruit and freshly baked honey bread on Monday morning). It was quiet, beautiful, and full of subtle historical character. It made the perfect setting for Jon and Julia’s big day.
The kitchen / antique rug beaters on an old brick wall / the library / white and silver mantle / Henry asleep in the comfy inn bed
(part 3 is on its way!)
This past weekend we celebrated the wedding of Julia & Jon. It was a weekend filled with love, joy, excitement, and community, and I’m still smiling from it all. I decided to post about the weekend in parts because one post just isn’t enough. The first part includes photos from my stay at Julia’s parents’ home where I stayed Thursday night to help them prepare for the wedding.
Julia grew up just down the road from me in our hometown, and I’ve always loved their home. I always feel so welcomed and at ease there with her family. It was so nice to be there to help out with wedding preparation, catch up with everyone, and enjoy the family dinner and foggy morning light.
Part 2 coming soon!
Every year in June, Caito throws a party at her parent’s tiny lakehouse in Friendsville, PA. It started with just us and a couple of other friends almost 15 years ago in junior high, and now there’s usually a dozen people or more that get together every year. For the past 5 years or so each party has had a theme- a different year in history. It started with 1996 and this year we took it back to ’66. Everyone dresses up and Cait spends months putting together several hours of historically accurate, awesome music. We barbecue, swim, boat, catch up, have a few beers, and enjoy the sunshine. Everyone crashes there, and in the morning we all go to the Skylark Diner in town for breakfast.
The house, always called the cottage, probably hasn’t changed since they initially decorated in the ’70s. It is perfectly cluttered and old and sweet, and I love visiting every year. There were no changes made or special decorations put up (besides a few paper lanterns in the trees), this is just the cottage as it always has been. I hope it never changes.
My usual: steel cut oats with brown sugar, dried fruit, coconut or almond milk, and coffee.
My favorite: French toast made with homemade rustic white bread and topped with some Vermont maple syrup (grade B for life!)
For Stuart: Baked eggs over sweet potato and walnut bread with maple spread, rosemary, and fresh goat cheese.
This weekend was:
chasing hot air balloons during the Cambridge Hot Air Balloon Festival, printing and addressing save-the-dates for a client, cherries for breakfast, antique inspiration, a trip to the used book barn and the best find of the day, working in the garden, some nice union letterpress found on a telephone pole.
We drive a lot. Maybe it’s because we hadn’t had a car for years before we moved to the country, but we love to hop in the car and go for long drives every couple of days. We love the mountain views, curving country roads, and rural architecture. I’ve started “collecting” covered bridges, too. I just love them.
Chiselville and Arlington Green bridges, Bennington County, Vermont.