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