It's been a while since our last blog post, we are catching up from a very busy wedding season. This was our first 2017 Wedding and we are excited to share it with you.
Vision for the wedding:
Anthony and I wanted our wedding to be fun and laid-back. That inspired us to opt-out of a lot of traditional wedding expectations. For example, we did not have a wedding party and chose not do any of the wedding ceremony traditions like introducing the couple, first dance, cutting the cake, or throwing the bouquet. For us, we wanted people to eat, drink, dance, sing, and get to hang out, so this format worked. Our families and friends are also very important to us, so we also wanted to have as many people as possible, while also trying to keep the cost down. Finally, I really wanted to have the wedding on Johnson’s Pond where I grew up. The location was really important because that property has been in my family for generations.
Fun and relaxed! We wanted to throw a good party that people would remember and talk about for years to come! We also wanted to be able to enjoy ourselves, which for my mother, mother-in-love, and grandmother-in-love, and me meant getting our hair and make-up done by the fantastic Racquel Vople and Brittany Kosztala of Bridal Beauty by BKRV. My cousin, Michelle Lussier, also did all of our nails that day. This addition made our morning enjoyable and less stressful then needing to get ourselves ready for the big day. So many of our friends provided special touches, such as the Gravikord Trio, who played during our ceremony. We also wanted all those we loved around us, so the family dogs attended the wedding and our dog, Violet, made in impromptu trip down the aisle just ahead of my mother and me. Those special touches made our wedding so important and unique to us. We also truly wanted our guests to enjoy themselves. We served our favorite foods, brewed our own beer, picked out great wines, and coupled that with a super great cover band, Not For Nuthin’. It all came together for a great night of celebration!
We were so lucky to be able to have the wedding on the pond. Family friends let us use their beautiful home-made wood tables, chairs, runners, and centerpieces. Anthony’s grandmother is a florist, and she designed the centerpieces, which were planters with flowers, herbs, and veggies. We also borrowed tons of antique vases from my grandparents and filled them with tulips to place around the property. Another great addition was being able to borrow antique tables, table clothes, and chairs to use for decorations throughout. My brother made the arbor we were married under out of birch from out property and a close family friend made us the stained-glass window that hung in it for a wedding gift. It was a last-minute decision to place it in the arbor, but it was perfect there. It was wonderful to see objects from so many people we love surrounding us on our special day. Along those same lines, I wore my grandmother’s wedding dress, altered by the amazing seamstress, Linda Yeaw. My grandmother had saved her dress for me, but she passed away before I was married. The dress had been hand-made for her by a member of our church, over 60 years ago.
Who we are as people:
Anthony and I met through mutual rock climbing friends. We enjoy the camping, climbing, hiking, fishing, hunting, and all things outdoors. For example, we spent our two-month honeymoon road-tripping across the US and Canada visiting friends and destination climbing areas. We are both very family-oriented and having our family attend our wedding was really important. Not only are we so thankful that many of our family and friends were able to travel such long distances to attend our wedding, but also that many showed up in advance to help us get ready! We could not have done it without all your love and support and we thank you all so much!