Well, coming upon the Pavilion while hiking isn't the only good thing about the Ellie Mitchell Pavilion. Oh no. Another really fabulous thing about the Ellie Mitchell Pavilion is going to a wedding within the confines of her warm stone walls.
To get to said wedding, one can walk through the parking lot, passing the catering vans, or one can walk on Ellie Mitchell's beautiful wrap-around-stone porch . . .
. . . with one's motley crew everlastingly four steps behind . . .
. . . make that five steps.
The Ellie Mitchell Pavilion is the most gorgeous backdrop for a wedding . . .
. . . it's perfect for the wedding party lining itself up . . .
. . . and it's perfect for a stunningly beautiful bride gathering herself to walk down the aisle . . .
. . . to meet her lovely man.
Even the Mary Ellen showed up for the festivities . . .
. . . there was a whole lot of gorgeousness going on, my friends.
And a whole lot of pure, unfiltered, unmitigated, optimistic, good love.
And, yessssssss. The deed done.
The Pavilion is a really great background for photos . . .
. . . I mean, it's like she curves herself around to get in the shot.
And the inside?
Well, those WPA guys knew a thing or two about construction. And wood. And stone . . .
. . . and windows.
Oh, how we love those windows . . .
. . . what's not to love?
Looking out the windows isn't so bad either . . .
. . . if you're into that whole awesome beautiful-nature-beach thing.
The Ellie Mitchell Pavilion also provides a great backdrop and a great stage, for toasts . . .
. . . of the best man-Dad-kind . . .
. . . and the best-maid-of-honor-sister-kind . . .
. . . and it also gives the bride a chance to positively shine amongst her friend-peeps.
. . . and it provides a pretty great backdrop for the Full-Harvest-Moon to shine, too . . .
. . . and for the moon's friends to shine. Like Johnny Slips . . .
. . . and the newly-minted Mr. and Ms. S.
But mostly, the Rocky Neck State Park Ellie Mitchell Pavilion is all about its windows . . .
. . . oh, those windows.
Ellie Mitchell? We're moving in.
Thanks for a gorgeous day, Kimmie and Rich. It was perfect. Happy Trails!
Once upon a glass or twelve of wine, Jacquie and Beth and Ellie got to talking. We decided that we were all enormously smart and clever and hilarious, and that it would be a crime not to share our unique talents with the world. We decided to start a blog together.
We needed a name, so Jacquie asked Beth: “What should we call a blog about meand you and Ellie?” And the rest, as they say, is history. We are having a blast writing this thing, and if there was any trepidation that we were only smart and clever and hilarious that night because of all the wine, our words here thus far have succinctly affirmed our mutual self-admiration.
What are you reading?
Ellie - Middlemarch, George Eliot. Finally
Jacquie - The Nightingale, Kristen Hannah
Beth - Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal by Julie Metz