As guests arrived at Barren Ridge Vineyards, the excitement and love was tangible, taste-able. Friends and family of Nick and Sarah lingered before being seated in the rows of white wooden chairs, sometimes catching a glimpse of the wedding party. The ceremony took place among the grape vines on the first day of May. The newness of the month and the exquisite warmth echoed the celebratory atmosphere.
The reception that followed felt like a party. The new Mrs. requested “Wagon Wheel” for her new husband—a sure crowd pleaser that got everyone dancing and singing. Conversation flowed easily. Snippets of Nick and Sarah’s lives floated in the evening air. School stories were shared (Nick and Sarah were actually middle and high school classmates, before finally becoming sweethearts post-college) but the most often told story was of their engagement. Every girl sighed over the proposal setting on top of the cliffs of Hilo, Hawaii. We all knew that Nick and Sarah would be happy together: in an exotic or homey setting, in the heat of May or the chill of November, in sickness or in health. As long as they both shall live.