The setting takes form with the placement of chairs and decorations. For a ceremony on the front gallery, chairs are set in the garden, on either side of the walkway. For a ceremony in the Beaux Arts gazebo, chairs are placed arena-style around the structure, or at its end nearest the house, reserving an aisle for access. Both locations may be personalized with decorations of all sorts, including banners, flowers and potted plants.
Ceremony music, performed by a string ensemble or played from a recorded format, adds a welcoming dimension. Our portable sound system is available.
Guests arrive via the front gate and take their seats. The wedding couple and their attendants have each prepared in their separate dressing rooms. The celebrant awaits their arrival.
For entrance, members of the wedding most frequently choose the front gate, and then proceed along the walkway, around the Rococo fountain to either the gallery or the pavilion.
In our traditionally orchestrated ceremonies, the groom and groomsmen assemble on the gallery or in the pavilion, where they await the entrance of the bride, who enters at the gate escorted by her father, and preceded by her attendants.
For most of the many LGBT events hosted here recently, the brides and grooms make separate, formal entrances through the gate.
These ceremony locations may also be entered from the front doors of the house, access frequently chosen for ceremonies in the pavilion.
While the ceremony is under way, tables on the patios, already set with decorations, are readied for dining. The caterers are standing by.
Our equipment storage is limited, and we have only 115 chairs. Some hosts save the cost of additional chair rental by having the caterer and/or the guests move the chairs from the ceremony location to the reception on the patios.
As the celebration moves from front to rear, the guests experience a marvelous change of scene.