July at Village Inn of Woodstock- weddings, roses & picnics
I was going to write just about our 4th of July picnic for this post, but the month has brought other great celebrations to our Woodstock, VT B&B. So first things first, we had a great time hosting our first (maybe annual) picnic for our guests. We thought it would be fun to have a picnic so that our guests would have a chance to enjoy the terrace and relax for just a bit. We were excited that almost all of our guests were able to attend, and enjoy the fruits of our labor – pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled pickled eggs, roasted chicken salad, and coconut cake. The coconut cake, which is one of David’s favorites, was a last minute addition to the menu. I used to make it for our restaurant many years ago, but couldn’t tell you the last time that I made it just for my poor hubby. Alas, now I can tell you.
We were delighted that our friends Edward Forrest and Randy Paxton, owners of The Little Flower Shoppe and Crystal & Bark Designs, here in Woodstock, were able to join us. They moved to town four years ago, and have been providing us with the most amazing flowers ever since. I’ve never seen the same arrangement twice. They’ve delivered roses countless times to the Village Inn of Woodstock- not once has it been the classic with greens and baby’s breath. This would be far too mundane for them; they do everything with an artist’s eye. The last delivery was this past Monday – it featured brilliant red roses, blue thistles, greens, all in a tall slender vase wrapped in bark that Edward harvested from a fallen birch tree.
The delivery of roses marked another great celebration here at the inn, the first wedding of the season on the terrace. The happy couple stayed with us for just one evening eight years ago, and had dinner in our restaurant at the time. Eight years later, they decided to have their ceremony right here on our terrace, and booked our Wedding / Civil Wedding package. It is such a joy for us to be part of these intimate celebrations, and this case was no different. They arrived as guests, and left as friends, and we feel so blessed that they chose to celebrate their love here at our inn. We are looking forward to another wedding this coming week, welcoming our former guests and friends back to our Woodstock, Vermont Inn. And, I must say that I’m excited to see the flowers, which are being provided by The Little Flower Shoppe. Hopefully this time I’ll remember to take pictures and post them!