Wedding In An Idyllic Valley

The Flanders Valley Inn in Flanders, NJ, is set in an idyllic rural valley in Morris County.  Driving into this area for Lisa & Peter's wedding this weekend, the sun shining down made me feel like I was driving into the valley of Eden. With a setting so picturesque, it's no wonder the Flanders Valley Inn is still a top wedding location even in this recession time.

The weddings here are always at the outdoor gazebo. Bob, the owner, is very friendly & easygoing. 

Lisa & Peter make a great couple. They were both very excited as they exchanged their vows. They had 2 readings; their friend Matt read the "faith, hope, love" reading from Corinthians, & their friend Ben read the Apache Marriage Blessing, which is very popular and beautiful and yet simple. Ben grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine (below) next to Acadia National Park(!). This was a favorite camping destination of my family when I was a kid. I asked him what it was like growing up in that idyllic location, & he agreed that, yes, he was definitely extremely lucky & spoiled! Only in high school did he start to realize that not every kid grows up in Eden.

Above: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Bar Harbor, Maine

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