HEART­FELT VOWS M

A close-knit Ari­zona fam­ily toasts a daugh­ter’s wed­ding in their tran­quil gar­den.

Country Sampler's Prarie Style - - Kick Off Your Boots -

Brynne Solem and Steve Sininger’s first date was at a ro­man­tic restau­rant lo­cated in a charm­ing his­toric house in down­town Phoenix. The cou­ple talked for three hours and closed the place down. And by the time they walked out the door that night, they were both sure they had met their fu­ture spouse.

For their se­cond date, they drove in Steve’s jeep with the top down to a moon­lit pic­nic in the desert. Within a year, Steve had pro­posed, and Brynne hap­pily said, “Ab­so­lutely!”

When Steve and Brynne be­gan plan­ning their wed­ding, they had lots of de­ci­sions to make, but one as­pect was al­ways a given. The cer­e­mony and the wed­ding din­ner would take place in the gar­den of the home where Brynne grew up and where her par­ents, Mar­i­anne and Kurt Solem, still live.

“My daugh­ter wanted an all-white wed­ding,” Mar­i­anne says. “The flow­ers in her bou­quet were white pe­onies, ra­nun­cu­lus, lisianthus and Queen Anne’s wreath.” Ta­ble ar­range­ments and gar­den pots in­cluded hy­drangea, phlox, green­ery and moss.

Hearts were an­other re­cur­ring mo­tif. From the blue en­try gate and the flo­ral dis­plays to

the ta­ble decor and the di­rec­tional signs, these heart-shaped sym­bols of love shone in the sun. In keep­ing with the wed­ding’s at-home at­ti­tude, Mar­i­anne cre­ated all of the in­vi­ta­tions, place cards and ro­man­tic lit­tle gar­den signs.

When guests ar­rived, they were greeted at the gate with a glass of cham­pagne. Next came a stroll along a checker­board path to the far end of the gar­den, where the cer­e­mony was held.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the guests moved on to the pool area for cock­tails. When it was time for din­ner, they were led through the house to a unique lo­ca­tion—the drive­way. “Our drive­way

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