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Different locales appeal to many couples By MARY MARTIN NIEPOLD Most brides dream of standing in a beautiful gown in a perfect setting, but increasing numbers want that setting to look downright royal. There’s a definite trend for more stately gowns — longer trains, classic silhouettes — recent favorites of designers like Vera Wang and Carolina Hererra. Then there’s the trend for royal settings to set off that gown, thanks to a recent rush of celebrity weddings in castles. Castles in the United Kingdom and Ireland are particularly luring. According to Yolanda Crous, travel editor of Bride’s Magazine, credit goes to the knot-tying of Madonna and Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle in Scotland, of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills in Castle Leslie in Ireland and the reception of Pierce Brosnan, also in Ireland, at Ashford Castle. “Castle weddings are hot,” says Crous. “It’s the ultimate in exotic, and plays into America’s obsession with royalty.” These weddings typify an emerging trend called “destination weddings,” where the entire wedding party travels to the chosen location. Millie Martini Bratten, editor-inchief at Bride’s, explains: “Everybody’s taking a trip, but doing it together to a place that has special meaning. And since the weddings are frequently smaller, usually they are less expensive than hosting a large group closer to home.” A destination wedding party averages about 50 people versus several hundred. The yen for royal-style weddings can come to life on any continent in the world. While many Americans are particularly fond of their Anglo roots, an exotic temple in Japan, a lush resort in Thailand, an ocean-side garden in Hawaii, or a 13th century villa in Tuscany can seem equally royal. A bride and groom should simply let their imagination – plus careful planning and an adequate budget – be their guide when choosing a destination. A recent survey by

Conde Nast Bridal Infobank showed that 46 percent of all honeymooners stay at a resort and that 8 percent of couples hold a destination wedding. The best way to arrange for a foreign wedding is to contact a country’s tourism board, the wedding coordinator at an individual hotel-resort, or hire a wedding coordinator who specializes in foreign weddings. The Association of Bridal Consultants (http:// has consultants in 28 countries and can steer you to a specialist. In fact, the Web is an excellent way to browse the world, display your options and get

most of the information you might need. Guidance on destination weddings, various locations, local vendors and local requirements can be found on sites like http: // and http:// General requirements of marriages abroad are found on the government’s Web site, For true castle settings, you can’t do much better than England, Ireland and Scotland. “Scotland is the easiest place for Americans to get married, Continued on page 18

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Personalizing your ceremony More and more couples are composing their own, or a portion of their own, ceremony. There are a number of ways you and your fiancé can add that personal, creative touch to your wedding. Beverly Clark’s book “Planning A Wedding To Remember” offers these suggestions for a creative ceremony:

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tions from a favorite poem or prayer read by the officiant or a family member.  You may want to print a program to be given to all the guests as they enter. It could include the names of your attendants and who they are or how you met them, a special poem or prayer or your wedding vows. Such a program gives a nice personal touch, especially to a large ceremony, and serves as a remembrance to take home.  Depending on your budget and the number of people, a single rose could be handed to every guest, or a candle for the guest to light during an evening ceremony.  If you are not too nervous, you can stop at the end of the aisle, take a single rose from your bouquet and hand it to your mother. Then take another and hand it to his mother. Keep this move as a little surprise for them.  Incorporate symbolism in some way by carrying a family Bible, handkerchief or fan that was carried by your or the groom’s mother.  In a church wedding, you can find out about having the church bells rung after you say your vows.  There are creative alternatives to throwing rice. Since rice can cause harm to the birds who may eat it, consider having birdseed thrown instead of the traditional rice. Dried rose petals, white confetti or streamers (in biodegradable material) are affordable alternatives. Or add some fun by having guests blow bubbles as the newlyweds leave the church. Sparklers (when carefully used and discarded) can be spectacular for an evening wedding.

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ome bridal couples may be the lucky recipients of jewelry that has been in their families for generations. Others will be making new selections they hope their future grandchildren may one day wear: —Because they’re worn every day for life, platinum settings should be the choice for bridal jewelry, says designer Scott Kay. Platinum prongs in an engagement ring are stronger than gold, he says, giving the diamond or other stone a more secure anchor. He offers classic prong rings, which let diamonds shine with maximum sparkle; one variation is his cathedral setting design, with rising slopes on either side of the main stone, giving it more protection from abrasion; one version ($4,000) has four smaller diamonds set in the slope. Also in his Vintage Collection are platinum bands for the groom in a variety of textures, widths, and finishes, such as the one with rope design ($2,400). —Pearls have been associated with weddings since ancient times, and cultured pearls show up on 62 percent of all American brides, according to the Jewelry Information Center, an industry group. The bride can choose color if she wants, because South Sea pearls can be found in a variety of hues and tinges, such as gray, green and gold. Freshwater pearls are likely to come from China, where they are found in profusion, and are a good choice for those on a budget. The classic button earrings or necklaces may be akoya pearls from Japan, famed for their near-perfect roundness. —Heart shapes are the ultimate romantic token. But this cut in diamonds has always been prohibitively expensive and rare, owing to so few rough stones being appropriate. The new Lady Heart Collection by David Arabov & Sons comes up with clever, affordable variation: a diamond heart fashioned from a princess, or square-cut diamond, combined with two modified step-cut half moon stones. Choose from .25 carat to 3 carats total weight – hand set in 18K white gold settings for rings, earrings, pendants,

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heart-shaped diamonds, the firm says. —All that’s gold may not glitter. The textured gold (starting at $500) or sterling silver (starting at $200) wedding bands in the Twig Collection by K. Brunini are inspired by twigs, vertebrae and DNA – all part of the Symbols of Strength Series. Many of these are accented with diamonds, gemstones and pearls and are a good choice for couples who want low-key jewelry. —The all-time classic is the engagement diamond, and first-time buyers should be paying attention to the drill about the “4Cs” – namely cut, color, clarity and carat. These are the basics of picking a quality stone, but there are other considerations, such as shapes (round, teardrop, heart, marquise) and special styles. All this information can be found at http://www.adiamon, the Web site of the De Beers information arm, the Diamond Information

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Help for the groom, best man and groomsmen Traditionally, women have done all the wedding planning. Crusty adages like “the groom just shows up,” have long been conventional wisdom. However, as more couples plan their weddings together, grooms are playing a more active role. “Contrary to popular belief, planning a wedding is a difficult task for the groom,” says Mark Walerstein, founder of GroomsOnline (www.grooms, an informational Web site offering tips, pointers and timesaving hints designed to make the planning process more fun, relaxing and rewarding for the man. “The groom does have responsibilities, but we really are in the dark about what to do.” Featuring wedding day checklists, attire pointers and more, the site sheds light on just about every aspect of the wedding, from buying a tuxedo to organizing a bachelor party. There’s even a full-service online gift shop for the gifts you need for the groomsmen, best man, ring bearer and bridesmaids too. Got friends or family who are sports fans? Order a personalized Louisville Slugger or Rawlings bats. Or get creative with a framed photo flashing a name and message on a favorite team’s electronic scoreboard. Visit www.groomsonline-gifts for more ideas. As you plan your upcoming nuptials, here are a few tips to keep in mind, courtesy of GroomsOnline.

sure to find out whether there is a caterer on-site or if you need to provide one, as this can have a major impact on your wedding budget. Also ask about alcohol pricing, menu planning and food service options.

 Throwing a bachelor party -Traditional bachelor parties have included cigars, playing cards and plenty of drinking. However, an increasing number of grooms are interested in more memorable and fun options. Today’s bachelor parties can be anything from sporting events to a skiing or camping trip with friends.  Choosing the first dance - This is the big one, that all-important first dance as husband and wife. Do you have two left feet? You also might consider dance lessons so you can dance like a pro from start to finish. Pick something that’s sentimental to both the bride and groom. If you’re still stumped, choose a classic tune from artists like Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole.  Giving the toast - The keys to a good toast are tailoring your material to your audience; speaking with confidence; and keeping good eye contact and body language.

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(ARA) - If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, how can they come together to buy a car? With some men preferring sports bars to intimate restaurants, while their partners opt for “chick flicks” over “Die Another Day,” it isn’t difficult to see how men and women can be orbiting in different directions when it comes to car selection. “Men and women look at cars in totally different ways,” says John Davis, host and executive producer of MotorWeek, the award-winning PBS weekly automotive magazine show. “Women tend to consider the practical aspects of a car, while men are inclined to think of a vehicle as an extension of their personalities.” When women shop for cars they look at things such as maneuverability and step-in height, how sharp the door edges are and the texture of the seat fabric. “Women want to know how convenient a door will be for loading groceries or kids, and how easy it is to get into the back seat and quell a riot,” says Davis. Even small

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details such as whether a driver can operate small control buttons with long fingernails are an issue for many women consumers. Men, on the other hand, want to know how a car will drive, what options are available and how well a vehicle’s image reflects their own. Theirs is a more emotional, gut-level decision. So how can people with such different perspectives come together to make a purchase that pleases both? Davis suggests some ways for couples to successfully navigate the carbuying process. • First, have a good idea of what you both want before you go in to talk to a dealer. Take time to discuss what’s important to each of you and decide together what features are necessary and fit your price range. If you have a local auto show, visit it and try out all

the prospects to narrow your search. • Let the salesperson sell you. Ask a lot of questions. “They should work to sell you,” says Davis. • If there is any disagreement, excuse yourselves to talk privately. One person may not recognize the risk of a higher price, or may really want the extended warranty. These are topics that may not come up until you are working with the salesperson. Davis advises couples: “Don’t discuss it in public; go home and work it out.” • Anything they give you to sign, make sure the numbers add up. This is where couples can help each other. In many cases, women are the ones who read the small print, while men tend to dwell on big picture items like warranties and service requirements. • Be patient. Make sure you have talked over any concerns and that all of your questions have been answered. Allow time for both of you to test drive the vehicle. Davis recommends visiting dealers during the week, when salespeople are less busy and can give you their full attention.

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culture,” Coffee explained. The menu, which was written in English and Norwegian, included chicken anglaise, sirloin of beef, roasted turkey and stuffing and assorted salads and vegetables. Norwegian cheese and chocolates also were served. Norwegian traditions at the reception included passing around a rolling pin during dinner for guests to sign as a keepsake for the couple. They also had a “toastmaster,” someone who coordinates the dozens of speeches given during dinner at Norwegian wedding receptions. Coffee, who received help from one of the groomsmen, gave a speech, partly in Norwegian, to her new husband. The gesture moved many in the crowd to tears. “It was the most unique and beautiful wedding I have ever seen,” said Nekeisha Williams, Coffee’s maid of honor. “At Melanie and Jorgen’s wedding, we were able to see more than just two people getting married, we witnessed the union of two cultures, two languages, two traditions and one love.” Fran Coffee said she’s always liked how Jorgen treats her daughter like a “princess.” She said she knew early on that their relationship might be something special by the way Melanie looked and sounded when she talked about Hesselberg. “I believe that Melanie and Jorgen have laid a good foundation for a wonderful relationship together,” Fran Coffee said. Coffee used a wedding coordinator for planning most of her wedding and reception. She got a few floral ideas from a Martha Stewart magazine, but she and Hesselberg came up with most of the decorating ideas themselves to add that special touch. The bride made the wedding programs herself using her home computer. Details about

the wedding were posted on their wedding Web site – http: // The newlyweds have just a couple of disappointments about planning their special day. One was their choice of disk jockey for the reception. They had labored to compile a song list that would cater to both cultures, only for the DJ to venture from the list midway through the reception. Another was the faux pas on the printed directions to the church, causing some guests to be late. “I should have proofread the directions better,” Coffee admits. On their wedding night, the couple stayed in a suite at a hotel along Michigan Avenue. And on their way to the hotel, they passed a gazebo on the Magnificent Mile. “So naturally we got out and danced,” Coffee said.

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was cool with lots of rain and many overcast days, but my garden was green and full of blooms for July 31. I had not only the lilies and other plants I had specifically planted but also, because we didn’t have the heat, many of the summer flowers were still in full bloom and looking lovely. The grass in Ireland was no greener than that here on the hill in Turner. We had rehearsal dinner here the night before, and the tables were filled with happy people on a warm summer evening, many of whom stayed long enough to see the fireflies begin their nightly show. On the day of the wedding, we awoke to hazy skies turning to clouds by noon. The backup for the wedding was a chapel in Lewiston, but the logistics of making the decision and then trying to inform everyone, including many who were driving in, made it impossible. I would not suggest a second location as a backup. It simply doesn’t work, and I have no doubt someone would have been sitting at my house while the wedding took place in Lewiston. So we gave the outcome over to God and went forward. We delayed the beginning of the ceremony a bit, handing out umbrellas, but the worst we got was heavy mist for about 10 minutes, and it was warm. The clouds cleared and sun sparkled through in time for the pictures afterwards, and everyone, including the bride and groom, were very happy. The reception was inside at another location, so all was well. Following the experience of that wedding, my daughter made arrangements for tents both here for the wedding and down by the river for the reception. On the Friday before, we acknowledged the forecast we had hoped to not hear and had them erected, knowing that every forecaster said heavy rain. I cannot stress to you enough the importance of a good tent, a clean tent and having an expert to see to them. These tents had been reserved months before, and yes, we would have had to pay for them even if we didn’t need them, but it was worth it. June 15, 2002 had monsoonlike rains with the coldest

temperatures ever recorded in Maine on that date. What more can I say! Except, everything was absolutely perfect. I also now own a dozen matching umbrellas, should anyone need them. I have to give credit here to the tentmaker — Ken Gurschik of Turner. No man to my knowledge has ever shown more concern over detail anticipating what might happen, spent more time driving in extra stakes and securing things and, when we recognized that the tent sides would have to be down, spent extra hours picking up and installing a special wall to the wedding tent. It had

rounded church-like windows the length of the wall and allowed the largest garden in all its glory to be seen throughout the ceremony. The rain cooperated to a degree and dwindled to a light mist as the wedding party made its way from the house to the tent and ceased totally for a while at the end of the ceremony. This allowed the tent sides to come up for pictures. The specially made plant stands with hanging baskets that were to frame the ceremony site by our waterfall were moved into the tent to frame the ceremony as well, and the waterfall could

still be seen through those lovely windows. Ken also made a wonderful suggestion that turned out to be a Godsend. Knowing that temperatures were supposed to drop, he brought in heaters to the reception tent. Now the trip between cars and the tent was a bit soggy but once inside the guests were warm, happy and well fed. They danced until after midnight and unless you stuck your head outside, you didn’t know it was pouring. That weather however, provided a benefit none of us had considered. Because it kept everyone inside, every-

one visited and laughed and enjoyed each other’s company and many happy memories were made. So, I guess the best I can say is hope for sunshine in your garden but remember that rain not only brings flowers but it can bring its own unexpected blessings — especially on a wedding day. Oh, and by the way, God Bless the Tentmakers. Jody Goodwin writes “Happy Gardening,” a column appearing twice monthly from April to October in the Sunday Sun Journal Living Section.

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At left: The gardens at the Goodwin home prepared for the dinner rehersal overlook their patio.

Garden Calendars Planning a wedding by garden calendars is far preferable to just picking a date. Keep a journal the year before as to when a plant begins to bloom, when it is at its peak and when it is going by. By doing this, you can look at the list and see exactly what should be in bloom at the time of the wedding. If the area where the wedding is to be held is lacking in any particular color or in an abundance of bloom, you can add what is necessary. Lovely gardens, no matter how beautiful, will not overcome spotted and yellowed stretches of lawn. So don’t forget to use a lawn fertilizer the fall before and get fertilizer and broadleaf weed killer on the lawn as well as lime as early in the spring as possible. If it is hot and dry, run sprinklers as often as you possibly can on both the lawns and gardens. In the fall, after the plants have gone into dormancy, trim any large bushes or trees that might interfere with the festivities or look unkempt. Any particularly important plants, like rose bushes that will create large holes if they die, should be mulched in the fall just as a precaution (this would be yet another backup — I am big on backups). One of my biggest backup plans for both weddings was

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Captions for pages 10 & 11 Background photo: Katina (Jae) Murphy and Chris Griffin have photos taken in the garden of the Goodwin home. Clockwise, from top right: • Melissa Post van der Burg, minister, performs the ceremony for Aimee and Scot in front of the tent window that overlooks the garden. • The Goodwin family poses with the Abbotts in front of the garden waterfall. • Aimee and Scott practice their vows at the rehersal. • Ike Goodwin escorts his daugher Aimee from the family home down the aisle under the tent. container plants. Containers of every size and shape were planted as early in the spring as I could get the plants from the nurseries. In the case of our daughter’s wedding, I carried them in and out at night to avoid any possible late frosts because they were all planted by May 1. I also planted my short dahlias in the house on

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Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, January 19, 2003

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CHICAGO (AP) – Melanie Coffee and her beau made a vow early in their relationship to dance inside a gazebo every time they ran across one. The tradition started with an impromptu whirl inside a gazebo at a quaint bed and breakfast in rural Missouri. So it was only fitting they danced inside a gazebo the night Jorgen Hesselberg asked Coffee to be his wife two years later. The couple’s journey on a life together began nearly five years ago when both were journalism students at the University of Missouri-Colum-

NORWEGIAN WOOD — Many of the guests at the wedding of Melanie Coffee and Jorgen Hesselberg had traveled from his native Norway, and they brought along a rolling pin to be autographed in Norwegian fashion for the couple. Coffee displays the memento, festooned in ribbon. (AP Photo/Ted Warren) bia – he in broadcast journalism, she in print journalism. As a beginning journalism student, Coffee was assigned to “shadow” Hesselberg for a while. “It felt right from the mo-

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By JODY GOODWIN Sun Journal Gardening Editor

lanning a garden wedding can be described using a variety of adjectives. After having hosted two at my own home, I think the best description is “fun challenge,” but let me be very clear — there are some days when it isn’t fun. In reality, it is just plain hard work that hundreds of people are going to look at — nothing intimidating there! Here is a list of “need to do or need to know” things I will start with and then detail further on in the story. They are:  If at all possible, have at least a one-year notice.  Plan the date according to your garden, not the calendar.  Have backup plans, no matter how optimistic you tend to be.

Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, January 19, 2003



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can be fun, even in the rain

A year to plan The first wedding here on the cliffs in Turner was scheduled for July 31, 2000 for our daughter’s best friend, who spent much of her school years with us. The second, our daughter Aimee’s, was June 15, 2002. The first date was chosen before it was scheduled here, so there was no garden input. The second was slated by the garden calendar. They were very different weddings in many ways. My gardens tends to be very lush and dramatic in early summer and much more “cottage garden-like” by the end of July, especially if hot and dry temperatures have prevailed. The July wedding scared me to death. By the end of July, most of the summer flowers have gone by, but the fall flowers have not yet come into their own at my house. The roses are fading, the daisies and lupines are gone, as are the lilacs and weigela. However, the end of July is a good time for all kinds of lilies, the annuals have come into their own and, if you are lucky, some of the dahlias will have started to bloom as have the late astilbes. There is always a trade-off with any date you choose. Select one with the most pluses to it, such as varieties of flowers in bloom, normal weather patterns for that time of year, possible insects. Also take careful notes the year before as to what time of day would be best. Both weddings took place at our house at about 5 p.m. for several reasons. Any earlier in the day and the full force of the southern sun would have roasted everyone. There is usually a breeze at that time to help shoo away black flies and mosquitoes, which don’t usually come out in full force here until about 6 p.m. or after. You can’t know these things unless you sit in the garden at various times during the day and specifically take note of them. Also, with a year’s notice, you can make any changes in the garden the summer before such as planting more of a particular variety you know will be in bloom and make a show at that time. The notice also allows you to plan specific plantings if there is to be an arbor or to surround the ceremony site with special plantings. For both weddings, I went to various nurseries on the specific date one year before. By doing this, I was able to see what plants I might not have that would be good to plant and, in the case of the July wedding, to find some more formal plants to enhance the cottage-like quality that already existed. The nursery trips also provided the opportunity to set-up a backup some of you may want to consider. I remember distinctly when my daughter’s senior pictures were scheduled for my garden. Two days before we had a wind-whipped rain storm, and the gardens showed the effect. We had to search out little undamaged spaces for those pictures. With that memory in mind, I made arrangements with two different nurseries, that should it become necessary, I could rent potted perennials for the weekend. These nurseries were in two different towns away from Turner. My theory being that one wind storm wouldn’t hit three different towns. It is easy enough to send a couple of trucks with caps (talk to your neighbors and friends) to pick up potted plants that are in bloom. You can tuck them behind ferns or other plants to cover the pots, or if necessary, put the pot in the ground and mulch the top so it doesn’t show. Voila! Instant flowers. Although I didn’t have to use the arrangement, the plan made me feel better, just like a security blanket. Knowing a year in advance also lets you spend more time and more effort in the fall when you actually still have time. I spent a great many more hours weeding, pruning and cleaning up, which proved to be a Godsend the following spring when time was at a premium. Continued on page 12

Cover and garden photos by Melissa Bonvini Photography, Portland; background photo, Northlight Portraits, Auburn.

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