This is my 40th post. Who would of believed I would have told stories over the last year gathering over 50 followers. I thank each and everyone of you for stopping by and reading my Blarney.
Today is the start of a few vacation days for me. That is a vacation from my job, not from work. Over the next few days my boss will be Laurel. If we have sunshine, don’t waste it! We have come to the final prep days for my daughter Sarah’s wedding. This will conclude my duties as Father of the Bride. Sarah is my third daughter to be married.
Back when Sarah and Josh announced their engagement the word went out to all of our friends and family. One of our friends had just purchased a farm with intent to turn it into a Weddin’ Barn. The offer was made and we said yes. In January with ground covered in snow we took a tour of the new Weddin’ Barn. The mow was filled with equipment and hay covering the floors. The roof had bats hanging out for the winter and the main floor was covered with bedding because the sheep had been in for a little shelter from the weather. Wow! There was a lot of work to be done to turn this barn in to a bride’s dream.
The barn theme was a perfect fit for Sarah and Josh. They have a small dairy farm and are a simple couple. The owners of the barn got to work this spring cleaning the barn. First the blew out the mow with high air pressure. Then they pressure washed the whole mow area. What an improvement! But they were still a long way from of a bride’s dream. As time ticked away Laurel was wishing they could move faster and progress seamed to stand still. They called in the electrician and rewire the barn. They added countless outlets and hung 4 large chandeliers from the old hay carrier. They also added 6 large windows on the north side of the mow filling the mow with natural light. The mow will not have air conditioning but there is a large fan near the peak drawing hot air out of the mow. They built a stage on the one end then covered the whole floor with new laminate flooring. They wrapped the support posts with rope lighting and covered the lights with tooling. The barn looks amazing and this is a bride’s dream! As I say, “No bride wants to be married in a barn, but she would love to have the venue be a barn.
Today we shuttled chairs to the mow and started setting up our guess seating. As we set the chairs I looked for a 2X4 to use as a strait edge to give the appearance of nice crisp seating area. Then we went down to the main floor and set up the tables and chairs. Laurel and I made a great start today. Tomorrow we will get lots of help. Our other two daughters will be home to help with the setting up of the venue. Our oldest daughter, Becca, is a young Martha Stewart. She can visualize all the details and act on them. I may be the Father of the Bride but I am still out of the loop of details and I am ok with that. Beth, our other daughter, got married two years ago and her husband has had a DJ business for about 20 years. The barn will be rocking all night with the greatest wedding dance music of all times.
I hope I can give an update before the wedding, but I believe it will be after. The wedding will be remembered and talked about for a long time by our family and friends.