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Barn Weddings and Peony Season! A few of our Favorite Things.

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Does anyone know how “My Favorite Things” became a Christmas song?

Don’t get us wrong, we are here for anything even tangentially related to the incomparable Julie Andrews, but this fairly recent development in Christmas playlists is puzzling. The rest of The Sound of Music is about love, music, Nazi occupation, and climbing every mountain, and the song in question never really mentions Christmas at all. It does mention, “snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes” and “silver-white winters that melt into springs,” but do those lyrics a Christmas song make? 


Maybe it’s because ABC broadcasts The Sound of Music every December…

Or maybe it’s just the listing of the favorite things. That is *definitely* a tendency we all have this time of year - to wax sentimental and proclaim our love for our favorite, idealized, holiday scenarios. Actually, if you think about it, that’s all that’s being sung about in “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Let it Snow” and possibly any number of Christmas songs (we haven’t vetted them all; we just had this epiphany)!

You guys! 

We figured it out!

Whew! Thanks for coming on that journey with us.

Feel free to list all of your favorite things, in Christmas song form even, without any judgment or puzzled looks from us henceforth and forever. In fact, we will join you. 

To aid us in the listing of some of White Dahlia’s favorite things, I give you: Sam and John. 

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These two tied the knot at Millcreek Wilde this past season. 

Sam had the perfect romantic bridal look, with an illusion lace gown and hair in a plaited crown and loose curls. Her bridesmaids, in a soft garden green, wore simple-yet-elegant dresses that allowed the bridal lace and their beautiful bouquets to, as they say, pop. And those bouquets? They’re a favorite combination of poppies, peonies, and ranunculus, in shades of blush. The peonies, which are generally pretty blatant about their beauty, were anchored with the stunning, shy petals of ranunculus, and then given a gorgeous dash of whimsy with some ever-curious poppies.

More of those flowers, placed atop white muslin runners, and surrounded by etched crystal votives and goblets, gave Sam and John a timeless reception that will age beautifully in their photos. Acrylic table numbers with gold writing kept the look sharp, yet light, and more flowers and greens, both lining and hung above the head table, ratcheted up the room’s whimsical magic to fairy garden status. 

Now, a couple can use all of the favorite things mentioned above and still not pull off the magically romantic vibe of Sam and John’s wedding. You can Pinterest and plan for hours, but in the end, what makes a wedding sparkle and sizzle and feel like magic is the genuine love the couple sitting at that head table has for one another. That persistent, abiding, build-a-life-together love? It’s gotta be our most favorite thing. 


White Dahlia

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