Down-Home Wedding on a Florida Farm from Stephen DeVries

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The bride didn’t wear boots — exactly. But she did wear lovely high-laced shoes — cream-colored, with some very frilly trim — in this Plant City, Florida, farm wedding brought to us by Stephen DeVries. The wedding dress and veil hang from a tall bookshelf to keep them wrinkle-free as the couple prepares — with lots of help from family and friends. Family photos hang on the trees, a splendid natural “gallery” for the guests to marvel at. One friend pours communion wine into cups in the kitchen, while others help the bride with her hair and makeup. The bride and groom don’t worry about a “reveal”: they pause for a quick prayer with hands clasped around a barrier that hides them from each other until the last moment.

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The groom is resplendent in crisp white shirt and blue checked tie, while the father of the bride wears a suede vest and his best denim. On a carpet beneath the trees, the couple say their vows, kneel together in a solemn moment, and then pose for a picture with two “babies” — chickens from the farm — before adjourning to the reception feast: comfort food with a selection of pies. From the ceremony, everybody picks up a folding chair and brings them to shady spots beneath the trees, and the dancing begins on a grass “dance floor.” Cutting the wedding “pie” is fun for all, as is the bride’s spirited bouquet toss. Then, the pair embark on “happy ever after” in a fitting “limo”: a bright blue tractor! If this looks like a great wedding idea to you, draw inspiration from this down-home family fun feast — and enjoy a day full of memories to treasure.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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