Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ABC Wednesday: Memorable M's


This week's ABC Wednesday is brought to you by the letter M . . .


. . . for Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, to be precise.


We spent the past weekend near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which is why I have been incommunicado for the past several days. As you can see, the trees on the mountaintops are just beginning to turn; it will no doubt be another week or two before they are at their peak of color. But the intention of our trip was not to see the fall foliage.




Instead, our main purpose was to attend a family wedding, the Marriage ceremony of one of my husband's relatives. The couple rented a spacious, beautiful mountain cabin for their small ceremony attended by only closest friends and relatives. A steady downpour the night before made navigating the steep mountain roads quite an experience, especially at night, but the rain stopped just long enough on Saturday to allow the wedding to be held on the deck. Can you see the Mist rising above the trees? It was a magnificent backdrop for what will be a very memorable day for this young couple.



The weekend was all too short, and we didn't get to do much sightseeing. Instead, it was a time for visiting with family, including a stop at the home of Husband's elderly aunt, who was thrilled to have us visit. But I did persuade my husband to make a short detour on the way home . . .

Here's a bit of Mystery for you--do you know the fellow blogger whose garden I visited? Garden bloggers probably won't have any trouble recognizing this spot, but I will wait until my Bloom Day post to reveal the answer to any who don't. While I didn't actually sit in these chairs, my husband and I were greeted so graciously by our hostess on this misty Monday morning and given a grand tour of this beautiful native garden.



Our weekend will provide us with many wonderful Memories and was worth every Mile put on my car!



For a medley of other ABC posts this week, visit the ABC Blog, hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt.

36 comments:

  1. What a beautiful bride and what a lovely place for a wedding.
    Marnie

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  2. A beautiful place for a wedding. Marvellous.

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  3. My what a breathtaking venue for a wedding and what a beautiful bride. Those chairs and garden look familiar - now where have I seen them Rose ? :)

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  4. What a perfect spot for a wedding, Rose. So glad you and you husband enjoyed the beauty of the lovely Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, which has grown quite large since we moved to TN the first time in '88. The bride is beautiful and how nice for the elderly aunt. Those chairs look familiar....
    Frances

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  5. I know who you visited, but MUMS the words until bloom day! I can keep a secret.

    Too bad you could not stay longer and wait for the leaves to turn...

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

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  6. Great place for a wedding. Lovely bride.

    I just LOVE those two little seats in the mystery garden. BRILLIANT place.

    Nuts in May

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  7. Another great post Rose. Wonderful weekend for a wedding....and a garden visit.

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  8. Their wedding photos will be amazing - overcast is the best for skin tones and clothing details, and then there's that fabulous backdrop.
    I know who you visited because she said you had been there, but I won't spoil it for anyone else. Let's just say, I would love to see it too.

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  9. Gorgeous bride.
    Gorgeous views.
    Lucky you!

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  10. Delightful post and how nice of the weather to cooperate for the wedding. It looks like a wonderful setting.

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  11. What a beautiful bride, I wish her and her husband every happiness and a long and healthy life together. It looked like a lovely place to visit as did the 'mystery' garden.

    A very creative use of Ms Rose :)

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  12. A beautiful bride and a spectacular backdrop for a wedding.

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  13. That is a lovely setting for a wedding. What a fun weekend!

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  14. Gorgeous bride and mysterious mist...the garden looks very magical.

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  15. What a nice spot for a wedding. Hubby and I are going there for Christmas and are most excited ourselves. Not sure on the chairs-Gail's garden maybe?

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  16. Oh Rose that is one of my most favorite places on earth. The mist really did play for a nice background. The bride looks lovely. Sorry you didn't get to venture out a whole lot.

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  17. Even though I know who you visited, I won't tell. :) I am so glad you got to take a long weekend The Smokies are a beautiful visit no matter the time of year.

    How perfect to have a marriage to include in your Ms!

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  18. PS. Bravo for supporting the 'read a banned book' week and for showing their logo on your blog. You and I have talked many times about censorship of books in our schools. While I agree that not all books are appropriate for all ages, it should be left up to the parents to decide what and when their children read. Along with guidance from teachers of course! :)

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  19. You are so good with the letter M! A teacher is always a teacher. The bride is beautiful! I'm glad you had a nice trip!

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  20. Dear Rose....what a beautiful spot for a wedding and such a pretty bride.
    I did notice the mist....for me this is all part of the beauty of autumn...

    I know where you have been Rose......how lovely, I know you will have enjoyed visiting the mystery bloggers garden......

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  21. Te bride looks beautiful, lovely dress. Nothing like a good wedding to lift the spirits!

    The picture of the two seats in a garden is very artistic. I would like to go there too!

    Hope you came back refreshed.

    :)
    Sx

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  22. Mahvelous M post rose. I bet I know where you were too. Can't wait to see all the rest on Bloom Day.

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  23. Mercy me! Indeed a memorable trip, Rose. Mums the word on your secret garden visit ... you lucky gal :)

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  24. Rose, You've captured the misting mountains beautifully...and lucky for you and the bride that the 'peepers' weren't out everywhere. Peepers being the name for the tourists who visit the Smokies during the fall color bonanza.

    Just looking at those chairs makes me think how nice they would look painted purple! Let's tell the gardener to get on it!

    hugs, gail

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  25. Lovely M words! The bride is very beautiful! Hopefully their marriage will be a sunny one even if the wedding started with rain! The place must have been very beautiful for the ceremony.

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  26. Hi Rose,

    What a fantastic site those Smokeys! Have not been there in ages... must return.

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  27. Thank you for all your comments, dear readers. Unfortunately, I have a full day today and then, of course, there's a Bloom Day post to prepare for tomorrow, provided the rain ever stops...
    So rather than reply to all of your comments, I will try to visit everyone's posts, if not today, then tomorrow for sure.

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  28. Rose, Great "m's" - I think simple weddings are the best and that one was in a sublime location.

    Looking through some of your recent posts, the Portland Japanese Garden is one of my favorites - good capture!

    And that lilac looks like a winner - I'm going to add it to my list, so thanks!

    Thanks also for visiting my blog.

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  29. Dear Rose,
    Such a lovely M post!
    I am coming back for your bloom day post tomorrow!
    The Smokies are beautiful in the mist.
    Sherry

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  30. well, I should visit the Great Smokies. Yes, a lovely bride.

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  31. What beautiful spot for a wedding! I've never been to the Smokies, but have heard and seen many gorgeous pics. Would love to visit some day.

    The bride is indeed beautiful! What a lovely dress! I'm glad you had such a good weekend, rain and all. Those chairs do look familiar, not quite sure....

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  32. What a marvelous, magnificent, magical, mountainous post! My firstborn came into this world in Knoxville...there is nothing quite like Autumn in the Smokies--unless it is Spring in the Smokies. I would love to go back for a visit.

    Hmmmmmm, I think I could venture a guess at your mystery visit--but I will wait until you post again. I will just say I am jealous, and I can't wait to see pics of the rest of the visit!

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  33. What a beautiful bride! And a lovely place for a wedding.

    I love your header, by the way. It's so gorgeous.

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  34. Hi, I came here for your GBBD post, and recognized Gail right away, so wanted to come read this post. Your lovely photos brought back memories from the vacation my husband and I took from Nebraska to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We drove through parts of Tennessee and Kentucky, and drove on part of the Blue Ridge Expressway. We experienced fog there, and had to come down before we'd planned to because the visibility was just a few feet ahead of us. It was scary! That is a beautiful area.

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  35. Wow, what a lovely time to be in the mountains. Look like a Marvy time was had by all the Merry Makers! :)

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