Last weekend, Jim and I made the trek out to Swisher, Iowa for another Felix and Fingers wedding at the Cedar Ridge Winery (www.crwine.com)! Who knew this place existed… and in Iowa nonetheless (or even the Midwest!!) After hours of driving through cornfield after cornfield we stumbled upon the most beautiful… well… ridge… you could imagine. And what a place for a wedding!
Guests could enter either through the bar area at the front (which sold not only a vast array of beautiful wines, but liquors as well!) or walk an adorable stone path to the reception hall, fully equipped with its own bar overlooking the vineyard outside. We used a creative mixture of both entrances to set up our gorgeous blue dueling piano shells, which are always totally worth the extra load in. The reception wouldn’t start for another hour or so after we finished loading in, which no one seemed to mind because there was so much wine and scenery to take in.
A Day Nothing Could Spoil
Then, enter Kyle and Rachel, our bride and groom. Watching the newlyweds walk into the reception is probably one of my favorite parts of any wedding… they just look like nothing could wipe the smile off their faces and everything else around them is just icing on the cake. Speaking of cake, this one actually had a case of leaning-tower-of-Piza syndrome! But just like two of the happiest people in the world would react, Rachel simply shrugged and smiled as her new husband helped carry the cake off to be sliced while of course getting some goofy-faced shots in for the photographer.
That wasn’t the only last minute non-disaster of the day, either! Kyle and Rachel had asked that we bring along our up-lights, which create an amazing ambience in any room-let alone the beautiful hall at Cedar Ridge Winery. Initially they thought to go with red or champagne colored lighting, but when we got there with the art on the walls and the pianos, they decided blue would look much better. Wouldn’t you know it took just the push of a button to change the atmosphere in the entire room!
That’s just the way dueling shows are though- you can plan and practice all you want, but at the end of the day it’s about adapting to your surroundings to put on a great show. We’re used to that, but the Cedar Ridge Winery and their amazing staff made any adaptation just seem like a piece of cake! (Get it…? ;))