Outdoor venues for summer weddings are booked well in advance. My daughter’s engagement took place on July 13th, so our chances weren’t so great for finding a suitable local venue for an August wedding.
The groom, David, told Kim about a private yard where he’d attended a couple of weddings. “It’s amazing,” he said. “You’ve gotta see it.” His mom phoned the owner (who she knew) and asked about its availability for August 17th.
“Sorry,” said the owner. “We’ve blocked off that weekend because I’ll be out of town.” Then she paused. “But perhaps my daughter would be willing to host. She was married here three years ago, and she’s hosted weddings here in the past. I’ll ask her if she’d be willing to do it.” Thankfully her daughter said yes.
This yard features ample parking, a welcoming entrance area where guests will sign the register, a bridge walkway over a landscaped pond (complete with fountain and waterfall), and trees for shade. An arch made of greenery and a gazebo with a stone table on which to sign the license decorate the area where the ceremony will be held. It even boasts a suite where the bride and her attendants can dress. A separate building offers room for the caterer to stage the dinner, and there’s lots of space to set up tents for the reception area. Between the ceremony and reception, guests can participate in lawn games such as Bocce Ball, and kids can enjoy climbing, sliding, and swinging in the playground.
Nearly every summer weekend at this venue is booked for weddings. What would be our chances of finding a slot with only five weeks notice? Not good.
But God is in this marriage, and He made a way. “Be still and know that I am God,” He reminds me. He’s in control of every detail of our lives. Even wedding venues.