Love in the Garden

Bay Isles Resident Peggy Lammers Hosts a Wedding Party

All photos in this article © 2019  Dr. Howard Levine

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Peggy carefully arranges the wine glasses.

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr. an American author best known for his inspirational books,

When it comes to celebrating love, Peggy Lammers know how to surround a bride and groom with tender, caring friendship.

After living in Michigan together for three years, Chad Myers now an author, personal life coach with 25 years of teaching experience in public education, and former health professional Joanna Wnuk were looking for career and lifestyle changes. Their passion is to help families not only get married but stay married. Their recent marriage and new life on Longboat Key was just what they were seeking. They now plan on serving the community with their new concierge business and weddings with a twist.

Their relocation included their marriage at the Longboat Island Church, where fellow congregant, Peggy Lammers, volunteered to provide her beautiful home and gracious garden for Chad and Joanna’s post-nuptial reception.

With the eye of a creative collector, Peggy transformed her cozy courtyard into a romantic gathering place where guests were drawn to Peggy’s carefully decorated and precariously balanced, large, tree branch, set against her white Winding Oaks’ Condominium privacy wall. Hanging upside-down from the sun-bleached tree’s branches were sets of wine glasses: delicate green-stemmed wine glasses – rescued from Sarasota Women’s Exchange – and from The Colony (Longboat Key’s famed tennis resort) clear long stemmed – wine glasses rescued from Longboat Island Church’s resale shop: The Lord’s Warehouse.

Each delicate wine glass dangled like a sparkling icicle. Immediately adjacent to the magical, upside-down-wine glass display was a self-serve wine station where the more than 60 guests could help themselves to the real thing!

Inside Peggy’s collection-filled home, the dining table greeted guests with a vintage, romantically decorated wooden box overflowing with white hydrangeas (representing heartfelt emotion), tender blush pink and soft lavender roses (conveying happiness, grace and admiration) and ornamental cabbage roses.

Love was definitely in the air!

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From the garden,

Susan and Howard Levine


About Susan C. Levine

It’s been a winding journey for Susan C. Levine, taking her from the Ohio’s North Coast to Sarasota’s West coast, where, over the decades, sharing knowledge has been Susan’s underlying life’s work. From classroom teacher to healthcare marketing innovator, from community activist to University of Florida Sarasota Extension’s Master Gardener, Susan loves to share knowledge especially a better understanding and appreciation for the environment and how people co-exist to impact our environment. Believing each person can develop their personal strengths to bring good ideas to their community, Susan is following her own the example!

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