John and Nannette were married on March 19, 1955. Sixty years, five children, fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren later, they are celebrating their Diamond Anniversary!
Their children surprised the happy couple by gathering the entire family to join them for their Sunday church service at Mt. Pisgah in Greentree, Pennsylvania. As you can imagine tears were flowing as they were overjoyed to have everyone together to mark this great occasion!
The surprises continued just a few miles away at Downey House in Robinson Township, where they took a trip down memory lane, had a delicious lunch and even cut their wedding cake.
When we met with the family they provided photos from their wedding album, which were so great to see to make a connection with these love birds! We used the photos on the invitation as well as the backdrop for the cake table. We sent Megan of Mainstreet Bakeshop in Saxonburg a photo of their cake to recreate it. The patterns on that cake were spot on! It was exquisite to say the least.
On their wedding day, the bridesmaids wore dresses of a light green shade. Using shades of light green and ivory throughout the space with fabrics, and table linens we created an elegant yet casual atmosphere. Lighting is important, there was great natural light with a large window at one end of the room and we were able to control the restaurant lighting through a dimmer. The tables were lit with mercury glass votives that gave the space a nice warm glow on a chilly day. Each table also had ivory and green Sahara roses with silver dollar eucalyptus in mercury glass and depression glass vases.
A very special moment that we recreated was the Bible and orchid display. Nannette walked down the aisle with the pocket New Testament Bible adorned with white orchids and ribbons. The Bible was somewhat fragile so we decided to place it in the glass dome to keep it safe. We wrapped it with ribbon and orchids along side the vase of orchids.
John and Nannette’s family tree continues to grow and we wanted to show them just how many limbs and branches they have created. The tree was on display with each family member’s name. The leaves were placed on the limbs and branches throughout the celebration using an ink pad and thumbprints. It now hangs in their home where they can remember where it all started.