Christie and EJ | White Room wedding

 

I was introduced to Christie through a fellow photographer, Karlie from Lush Light Photography. From our first meeting, where Christie and I talked about her wedding in Worcester Massachusetts, I was very excited to be a part of her day! Christie and EJ had a smaller, intimate ceremony at the Crompton Collective, filled with guests from around the world. It was such a pleasure documenting their special day. Here are some words from the happy couple describing the excitement of the day:

After our engagement, we challenged ourselves with this task: to plan a celebration of our relationship without losing the meaning of it in the process. Despite some bumpy patches (inevitable during remote planning), we made it to the day, and it was lovely. From the outset we had envisioned a simple setting with natural beauty, and the White Room at Crompton Collective provided just that. Given that our guests were a mix of cultures and beliefs, we wanted to create an inclusive ceremony–one that they would not only witness but also participate in. With Claire Miller’s wonderful help, we accomplished that using a guest pledge and a ring warming ritual, which were mixed in with more traditional elements. We also offered front-row seating to the kids in the form of a personalized flower garden created by meNu. The ceremony wording strongly expressed our values: our relationship was described via the symbol of a sapling, and elements of mindfulness practice were incorporated into our vows to each other.

We’re happy to say that this mindfulness continued throughout the day and allowed us to genuinely enjoy the moments we had with our friends and family. Deviations from the plan became opportunities to laugh and just wing it. Instead of being removed from the present by feelings of stress or disappointment, we were able to enjoy the present for what it was. And because so many of our loved ones had owned a piece of the day–from the music to the decor to the games–it became a celebration not only of us (the couple), but of the people whose friendship and care surrounds us.

Additional vendors:

Venue: The White Room at Crompton Collective, Amy Lynn Chase

Officiant: Claire A. Miller, JP

Caterer: Struck Catering, Cindy Card

Signage: meNu A Design Company, Tracy David Bryce

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Ethan and Rebekah | Wadsworth Homestead

Ethan and Rebekah’s wedding at the Wadsworth Homestead was nothing short of exceptional. It seemed like the perfect wedding from beginning to end. I asked Ethan and Rebekah to offer some thoughts on their day and here is what they had to say:

After searching through several wedding sites and pinning so many great venue options, we chose the Wadsworth Homestead as our very first visit. We immediately fell in love with the beautiful greenery, the amazing feeling of being in our own world shrouded in trees, and the classy, vintage feel of the white, elegant homestead. Though we told ourselves we should visit a couple more places to make sure we weren’t being too hasty in our decision, we knew right away that the Homestead was where we’d say, “I do”. Fast forward to the day of our wedding, it was better than anything we could have hoped or prayed for. The days leading up to the wedding were either cold or rainy, but on that Sunday, May 26, 2019, it was full of sunshine and perfectly warm weather. The staff at the homestead was nothing short of exceptional. They were professional, kind, and courteous. Their motto seemed to come straight out of Beauty and the Beast, “be our guest!”

In planning our wedding, we knew we could get carried away with all the small details, but we chose to focus our resources on the things that mattered most to us. Dream City Strings and the Swooners added a special touch to our day of celebration with their authentic, live music for our ceremony and reception. We gave our ceremony the personal touch of writing our own vows, allowing our guests to feel more a part of our love story. For our unity symbol, we chose to plant a tree together using soil from our childhood homes to signify the love that was given to us by our families. Not only did we seek to create beautiful moments, but we desired to preserve these intimate memories for a lifetime.

Additional vendors:

Second photographer: Alan Presutti

Catering: The Caledonia Village Inn

Cake: Premier Pastry

Ceremony Music: Dream City Strings

Reception Band: The Swooners

Florist: Hopper Hills

Videographer: Roc Focus

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Lily & Jacob | Greenwood Wedding

In early June, Lily and Jacob got to experience their dream wedding at the bride’s home “Greenwood” in Upstate New York.

Lillian Mayo and Jacob Lucas met at a gym in Utah while they pursued school and professional competitions in power lifting and bodybuilding. Lillian holds several world records in power lifting.  Her latest world record was obtained in San Diego only a month before her wedding!  Jacob is also an accomplished power lifter and bodybuilder.  He is a recent Utah State Bodybuilding Junior Champion.

The wedding day couldn’t have been more ideal. The day started out with perfect weather and a casual family brunch on the back porch. It was followed by a more formal and intimate ceremony in the front yard, which overlooks a grand 30-mile vista. In the evening they were joined by additional friends for a festive dinner reception and dance.

The bride had planned her wedding around the expected floral peak of her father’s peony garden. The abundant blossoms did not disappoint! As an additional personal touch, her wedding bouquet was gathered entirely from the garden.

Swedish elements were added to echo the bride’s Swedish heritage. A family crown was included in the ceremony, and a traditional Midsummer Pole was raised before dinner. Upon arrival, guests attached blooms (picked from the nearby meadow) to two “Love Wreaths”, that later hung from the raised pole. Lastly, an ancient Swedish Krokan cake was designed and baked by the bride’s father.

There were many personal touches present from family members; the mothers of the bride and groom shared words about the symbolism of the rings and the crown during the ceremony, and much love and friendship was expressed by both sides of the family in their dinner toasts. To top off the evening, the newlyweds danced under a stunning summer sunset, and were sent off with a sparkler tunnel and fireworks.

Additional Vendors:

Second Photographer: Alan Presutti

Bride’s Dress: Heart to Heart Bridal

Hair: Trü on Park

Flowers: Cameron and Kathleen Mayo

Catering: Madeline’s Catering

Music: Quartet 442

DJ: Whirlin’ Disc

Valet Service: Premier Parking

Cake: Premier Pastry

Signs: Paperie and Press

Tent and Tables: Nolan’s Rental

Blog Text provided by Karin Mayo

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