The leaves were turning and bright autumnal colors were everywhere as the guests gathered in the flower garden at Bartram’s Garden on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The Groom waited with friends and family for the first sight of his Bride to be. She appeared with her parents as they turned the corner in front of the John Bartram House (circa 1700s) and the site of celebrations for 300 plus years. The string trio played as the couple joined hands and took their first steps together to be married as all witnessed and the birds in the trees surrounding joined in song.
The bride and groom kissed to end the ceremony and the champagne corks popped in the tree grove below the garden where all the guests were invited for champagne and a group photo.
Guests were escorted up to the meadow between the oldest Ginko Tree in the Garden (from which all the ginkos in Philadelphia are descendants of) and The Yellow Wood Tree that has stood watch for almost 300 years. As dusk fell upon the meadow all were invited to the courtyard between the Original Barn and Coach House for an eclectic mix of Diverse Stations, drinks and dancing.
Beer pairings were chosen to accent the Station ideas. Rogue Soba Beer was paired with a Korean Station (reflecting part of the Bride’s heritage) to the delight of all of the guests. The other pairings included Victory Fest Bier with the Harvest Station and Allagash tripel with the Morrocan Station.The guests danced into the night finally departing up the luminaries’ lit brick path from the courtyard back to the city across the river.