Sometimes it’s the dress that gets us all in wedding blogger tizzy mode, other times it’s the flowers, or the cake, or just one photograph that really makes us feel like we were there on the big day…and other times it’s the description. And this just happens to be one of those times. I could go on and on about the darling florals or the sweet as can be candy table. But it’s the meaning behind the details that got me this time. Lisa Berry was on hand to capture all details and moments and there’s so much more in the gallery!

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From Lisa Berry: Kirby described her vision as “elegant farmer’s daughter.” Her parents raised and picked the berries for the jam on the tables. Kirby’s father suddenly passed away during her engagement, and in their loss, the jam took on a new importance to the family, and her she and her mother worked hard to make the cloth covers and fill the little jars with fruit. Those jams on the tables seemed like such a beautiful symbol, much like raising and caring for a child, loving them, and then giving them away.  The wedding day was reserved as a joyful day, and small things perfectly brought her father into the celebration. Kirby remembered antique shopping as a family for those elusive blue bell jars. The little sheep on her cake were a present from her dad. Her mother stitched the table numbers, made the quilt for guests to sign, and was just generally wonderful.  Kirby’s mother and brother led her half way down the aisle, and then she went on alone to give her father a chance to walk her down the aisle.  Not a dry eye in the church at that point. Kirby had her heart set on peonies but had given up as they’re out-of-season in August.  She was joyfully shocked when her florist came in to her room with a bouquet full of them – she had been carefully tending peonies in her own fridge for months for the surprise. Dave was so supportive, and adoringly in love with his bride.  The whole thing was so authentically romantic. I really admire this couple and love to be able to share their wedding with others.

Photography: Lisa Berry / Flowers: VJS Designs / Ceremony Location: Smith College Chapel / Reception Location: The Hotel Northampton

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