A Very Blithewold Wedding

Blithewold has got to be one of the prettiest places for a wedding: there’s nothing like being surrounded by on all sides by a glorious garden, and framed by a sweeping view of the Bay to make one of the greatest events in a couple’s life even more special and spectacular. For every couple who chooses this place for their wedding, it becomes an important part of their story but I would have to guess that not since Marjorie Van Wickle was wed here to George Lyon has Blithewold been such a huge part of a couple’s life as it is for our own Julie Murphy and Dan Christina (Blithewold’s education coordinator and asst. grounds manager.) Dan and Julie met and fell in love here!

Blithewold is written indelibly on nearly every page of their story and to those of us who have been a witness all along (or almost all along – they kept it a secret for a whole year!) to their love for each other, it seemed that there could be no more perfect place on earth for them to exchange vows than Blithewold’s North Garden. And even the rain, which fell on their day like a blessing after weeks of baking sun, was exactly right. They say rain makes the knot tighter but for a pair of horticulturists it also greens up the grass and makes their garden grow.

It’s a testament to Julie’s wish that those of us who work at Blithewold not have to work that I didn’t even bring my camera. But I wished I had! Thank goodness Gail had hers and took such excellent shots. Gail also had the honor of assisting garden volunteer Terry Converse who made all of the gorgeous flower arrangements, which were dotted with flowers and foliage grown with Julie’s colors in mind and picked from the property. The wedding really couldn’t have been lovelier – or more Blithewold.

Julie and Dan, may your life together continue to be full of love, laughter, and the riotous abundance of an August garden after a rainstorm! Sláinte!

(All pictures in this post were taken by Gail Read. Click on for larger view.)

9 thoughts on “A Very Blithewold Wedding

  1. Thank you, Kris for sharing Julie and Dan’s wonderful wedding with us! All the best to you, Julie and Dan!

  2. Congratulations to Julie and Dan…beautiful couple and setting…much joy, love and peace in your years ahead…

  3. Beautiful couple, lovely wedding and great photos Gail! As usual, a wonderful article Kris.

    Terry, your arrangements couldn’t have been more beautiful! -kris

  4. Thanks, from the parents of the groom, for this wonderful blog. . .and to the Blithewold “family” for the extraordinary care and attention and skills which helped make the wedding such a wonderful event! We are so grateful!

    Martha, I’m sure I speak for the entire Blithewold “family” when I say – whatever part we got to play in helping, it was our pleasure! -kris

  5. I could feel the joy! So glad that Dan and Julie shared this private moment with their fans. Lovely.

  6. From friends of parents of the groom: We were watching the Bristol weather forecasts from down here on the the south fork of Long Island wishing you all well. Congratulations to the wedding couple, to family and to all those who joined in the celebration. Looks like it was a wonderful, colorful event, umbrellas and all!
    Having visited Blithewold on several occasions as guests of the Christinas, we know tree by tree and plant by plant what an enchanting place it is. On one visit, we were caught between a setting sun and the rising full moon, mesmerized! Something magical happens at Blithewold.
    Here’s to a lifetime of happiness, love and green growing for Dan and Julie.

    “Something magical happens at Blithewold” – very true. Especially that day. -kris

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