Beth Anne & Paul

The first wedding of the summer was at Pharsalia and is one of my favorite weddings ever! It was looking like rain all day, which would have changed their outdoor ceremony. This couple buried a bottle of bourbon and the rain STOPPED just in time and stayed away the rest of the night!

Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married it won't rain on their wedding day. According to many believers, this must be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle must be completely full, and it must be buried upside down to ensure maximum weather persuasion.

I am a believer now! I am so excited to share with you Beth Anne and Paul's special day.

Planning: A Little Party

Venue: Pharsalia

Caterer: Avenue Foods

Florist: Pharsalia

Specialty Rentals: Pharsalia

Catering Rentals: True Value

Cocktail Hour & Reception Music: DJ Dan

Hair & Makeup: Judy Hayward

Painter- Len  Garon

Lighting: Castle Lighting

Shannon O'Riordan


Shannon O'Riordan recently earned a BA in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University, where she had performing opportunities in a variety of styles ranging from acting on stage and for the camera, to Japanese Butoh Dance and Experimental Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Andromache in Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of The Trojan Women, Bride in Lorca’s Blood Wedding, and Witch in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. One of her favorite challenges was co-directing and choreographing an original play, A Fear of Falling, by classmate Gabriela Fleury, which was nominated by her professors to compete at the next KCACTF conference. Shannon is extremely fortunate to have worked for world-renowned companies including Riverdance, ODC Dance Company, and the Theâtre du Chêne Noir during the Avignon Theatre Festival.

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