There is nothing that makes me happier than two people professing their love and undying devotion to one another – especially if the bride and groom are as sweet as these two. In a French Country-esque wedding planned by Cassandre Snyder Events, the lovebirds tied the knot and Rita Rojas-Sullivan Photography was there with her camera to capture the first kiss – and every other fab detail. Click here for more!

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Jim and I had been together for many years when we decided to get married in August. We’d been through “ better or worse,” we’d done “in sickness and in health” and we were still working on the “richer” part of the vows- the only thing left to do was to actually tie the knot! Nevertheless, when he parked in front of a jewelry store at Christmas and announced that he wanted to buy a ring I was stunned.

I have always loved French Country décor, so the choice of Rat’s Restaurant at the Grounds for Sculpture was an easy one for me. Jim’s son and best man, James, lives in Paris and our trip to visit him a few years ago took us to the French countryside. We found that the atmosphere at Rat’s transported us back to France- the fabrics, the bright colors, flowers, the sculpture, and of course the fabulous food. We needed few decorations. Our wedding flowers complemented the décor with shades of blue, yellow and white, and blended perfectly into the charming room.

My bouquet was particularly meaningful because the stems of my blue and white flowers were wrapped in a yellow monogrammed napkin that was given to my mother when she got married in 1938. That single surviving napkin allowed me to feel that she was with us on our special day.

Our venue, Rat’s, was named for a character in the favorite childhood book of sculptor and philanthropist, Seward Johnson. Johnson thought that Ratty from “The Wind in the Willows” was the perfect host, so Ratty has lent his name to the restaurant. Because of this connection and because I’m a former reading teacher, one of our favors to our small group of guests was a copy of the book to reread and savor after the wedding. We like to think that Ratty would have enjoyed our celebration, too.

Jim and I were fortunate to have chosen to work with a photographer, Rita Rojas Sullivan, who was creative yet respected our wishes regarding photo subjects and poses. Our wedding planner, Cassandre Snyder, had the experience and the sense of style to add the perfect touches to the venue and to the “senior” bride and groom. We proved that it’s possible to plan and celebrate a perfect wedding in just two months!

Photography: Rita Rojas-Sullivan Photography / Flowers: Joseph’s Florist / Event Planning: Cassandre Snyder Events / Ceremony & Reception Location: Ground’s for Sculpture, Rat’s Restaurant / Dress: Tahari