It's been pretty girly on SMP today. Pink flowers, frilly details, totally pretty styles. And I've loved every bit of it. But don't worry, the frilly fun is no where near done as we have one of the sweetest, most charming weddings I've seen in a long time. Photographed by the talented Amanda at Orchard Cove Photography, this wedding is complete loveliness. Click here to see TONS of additional photos.
We both grew up around Middlebury, so having our wedding nearby was an easy decision. We chose Basin Harbor in particular because of the history that we both have with it. I have family ties there, so not only is it a beautiful place, but it holds a lot of sentimental value as well. With its proximity to our families and friends who remain local, it seemed like an obvious, albeit perfect choice.
As a textile designer, I saw the design aspect of the wedding second only to the act of getting married itself. So needless to say fabric played a big role in our wedding. Inspired by a trip to Paris, we chose pale pink and dove gray as our colors, something Ross did not know one did when planning a wedding (that is, picking colors and carrying them throughout).
I have a deep love (some might say obsession!) of striped designs, and spent many and arduous day researching and sourcing fabric for the tablecloths. Working with Occasions Catering, we poured over fabric samples, trying to find the right stripe and color way. We were able to have custom linens made and rent them, which cut down on the cost considerably. We also scoured flea markets and online shops for months, searching out the perfect vintage Liberty of London fabric to use for both the bridesmaids bouquets and the groomsmen's boutonnières.
We really wanted to give our wedding a handmade feel by not to using mass-produced items, choosing instead to source as many products as possible from smaller vendors found on Etsy.com. Small plug to them, as they are such a great resource and a wonderful way to stay within a budget! We worked with vendors such as Paloma's Nest (our ring bearer bowl and bridesmaid's gifts) and Stickermesheik (our labels for our wedding favors), and Misspicklespress (adorable custom cocktail stirrers) that really added to the unique design aesthetic we were going for. We also did countless DIY projects, such as stamping paper bags with our monogram and filling them with bird seed and cutting more than 200 strips of fabric to be used as napkin ties for a colorful pop of pattern on the tables. Our bridesmaids were endlessly helpful in pulling everything together, especially in the last few days leading up to our wedding!
But, without question, seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle was the best part. It is an emotion that no one can prepare you for, and completely overwhelmed us both. Plain and simple. Because the day is about more than just two people, we cannot go without mentioning the incredible feeling of having so many important people in our lives together in one place. It is a powerful feeling, and we couldn’t more thankful for the friends and family that we had there with us.
Venue: Basin Harbor Club / Florist: Clare Esperance from the Basin Harbor Club / Photography: Orchard Cove Photography / Annie's Dress: Amy Kuschel via Deb at Sewly Yours / Invitations and Stationery: Katharine Navins of Tallow Studio / Band: The Pulse of Boston / Hair & Makeup: Indigo / Annie's Veil: Jennifer Leigh / Gloves: Carolina Amato / Feather: Purchased at Sewly Yours / Annie's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid's Dresses & Shoes: J. Crew / Groomsmen's Suits: J. Crew / Ross & Groomsmen's Ties: Beau Ties LTD, of Vermont / Flower Girl and Ring Bearer outfits: J. Crew / Fabric for Bouquets & Tablecloths: Liberty of London