When I was a little girl of ten, my father and family joined this rather distinguished gentleman for a tour of Waterloo Village. That day, while the owners of the village were asking for my father’s help in getting an exit on Route 80 so that more visitors to the village could happen, I fell in love with the history and story of how the village was founded and later taken care of by this man. He was Perch Leach who I also found out that day was a cousin of Archibald Leach aka “Cary Grant” whom I adored in the movies. So you can even picture what kind of man and charm he held for me. Percy, who was to become a great family friend, shared his vision for the village with us and promised me that very day, after I asked, that I could get married there. I saw that church and even younger than 10, I knew that I would marry in that church.
Waterloo Village held great memories for my family. We went likely hundreds of times to the Village of Waterloo/ It was there that my father was able to meet and play with his soon to be great friend, Benny Goodman, where I attended my first craft show as I launched my business in 1981, bought my first antique, was proposed to and my brother staged a wonderful midnight proposal as well for his wife. My dreams came true that weekend.
When I was looking for some special dresses for my flower girls and the children attendants, I had trouble finding anything I loved. SO I went about creating what later became my first flower girl collection. I was fortunate enough to know quite a number of editors and invited a few to my wedding festivities. After that weekend, I received a beautiful note from one of them who encouraged me to “get into the wedding business for kids” and at the next trade show, I introduced a nice collection of 10 dresses. One of the stylist chose the same dress I used for my wedding for the cover of Parade Magazine! (above) Each year Pegeen chooses its favorite weddings and flower girl dresses of the year and here, we present the wedding of our first model we ever used as a flower girl. Now, 34 years later, I celebrate the wedding of one of my nieces who appears in the photo below, sitting on my dress. Wedding covered HERE.
In October of 2015, we joined my large family in Hunterdon County to attend the nuptials. I was so impressed with her wedding and the work her father, my brother, had done to his home, preparing for and repairing some fixes to his home after damage from Hurricane Sandy. Ironically, Jessica and Alan got married the same weekend as Hurricane Joaquin, one of the largest hurricanes to be predicted to hit New Jersey. The wedding went off, relatively unscathed. In fact it was one of the best backyard weddings I attended, ever. Therefore, we decided to name the wedding our choice for the 2016 Back Yard Wedding of the Year. Like my dream of getting married at Waterloo, I am sure that Jessica long dreamed of getting married at the only home she had ever know. I saw this girl grow up and so many of my memories are also held at my brother’s home, family parties, Trick-Or-Treating, Hyland Family Reunions, camp outs and more. It was in Tom’s backyard where my kids got their first chance to ride a tractor, my mom flew in a Balloon for her 70th, we had memorial baseball games for Uncle Johnny Malloy, my son hit his first home run, and chased after geese. It is those important memories that we all like to bring to our weddings. More complete coverage of the weddings are in the DETAILS HERE. Enjoy!