Cedar Summit Farm has been the scene of a few family weddings. It all started back in 1980, when on August 2nd my youngest sister Debra married Dave Driscoll. I remember the wedding taking place under the huge Norway Spruce trees in our front yard.
Our oldest daughter, Lisa, was married at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. The wedding reception following took place under a huge tent in our front yard. What I remember the best was riding our neighbor Karen’s horse, holding a shotgun, and posing for a photo with the newlywed couple to make it look like a shotgun wedding. I remember well, awakening the next morning and seeing the tent standing in several inches
of water after an overnight downpour.
Our oldest son, Chris, married Linda Fleming on August 8th, 1987 in her hometown of Santa Rosa, California. About two weeks later a huge reception was held for Chris and Linda at the farm to accommodate friends and neighbors who couldn’t make the trek to California.
Our son, Michael, married Merrisue Walker on June 17, 1989 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in the northern Le Sueur County village of St. Thomas. Their reception was held at Merrisue’s beautiful family farm near the village. The Walkers have several buildings that they use for family gatherings.
On September 25, 1999 Cedar Summit again hosted a daughter’s wedding when Laura married Eric Ganske. This time we cleaned out a large pole building that was used for housing bulls that we sold to other farmers when we were in the registered holstein business. The shed wasn’t large enough so a huge tent was assembled next to it. The marriage ceremony took place on the east deck of our home. Laura, Florence and I were delivered to the ceremony in a beautiful wedding carriage pulled by a team of mules. The evening meal was catered by Lorentz Meats of Cannon Falls, back when they had a catering business. We hired Nick Jordan and his string band to play and came dressed in their tuxes.
We couldn’t say no when our youngest son, Dan, asked if we would consent to hosting his and Bekah’s reception at Cedar Summit. Last Saturday, August 9th, Daniel and Rebekah Wagner were united in marriage at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur. About 250 friends and family celebrated under a huge tent in front of our creamery at the farm. What impressed us the most was the huge showing of support from the New Prague Fire Department. Dozens of current and retired fire fighters and their wives were in attendance. Dan had only been with the department for six years before moving away three years ago because of his job. What a fraternity!
I feel farm weddings are a very popular venue right now, because people, several generations removed from the farm, have an innate desire to return to their roots.
Yes, Cedar Summit Farm has been quite an influence on our children, beckoning them back to their roots to celebrate the major milestones in their lives.