Ashmont Grill Wedding by Spring Smith Studios
February 1, 2012
New England

My love affair with this wedding by Spring Smith Studios started with the pops of purple around every corner  - I somewhat adore a perfectly-used hue (can you blame me?). Then my heart started to beat a bit faster with the way you can just feel how excited this couple is to be tying the knot, and when I wrapped my arms around the laid back yet causally elegant feeling of this fête - it was officially love. So let's just say I started swooning over this duo's big day from the beginning, and I have the full galley to thank for my goofy, wedding-loving grin this morning!

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From the bride... We met at a college party. He was my friend's cousin and just visiting for the weekend. I thought he was cute, and he thought I was cute. :) We didn't have our first kiss until the second time he visited. We fell for each other hard right away; he told me he loved me after just one month of dating. I knew pretty soon after I met Dan that he was "the one." I had never had so much fun with someone. My favorite memories are so simple: making dinner, watching a movie and falling asleep to records together. When he asked me to marry him, he knew I was expecting it (we picked out the ring together) but he also knew I wanted to be surprised. One time, we went on a hike and we were sitting on this rock overlooking the Flatiron mountains and I was so sure he was going to propose to me then, and he didn't! Instead he woke me up in the middle of the night and asked me to turn around.  The ring was on my pillow and he asked me then. I was so surprised! And we still laugh about that time in the mountains — he says my face looked so disappointed that day! Our wedding day was perfect, so reflective of us. It was low key, classic and just fun. We didn't want to do a formal sit-down dinner, cake cutting ceremony or have a giant bridal party. We did simple vows in the church I grew up in, followed by a big cocktail party at our favorite restaurant back east with 60 of our closest friends. Good food, drinks and some motown! I do remember the day, despite getting only 4 hours of sleep the night before! My favorite moment is a tie ... seeing Dan in his suit, and me in my dress ... and dancing with my Dad. Dan and I danced to the Black Keys "You're the One." Planning the wedding was actually fairly smooth! I think I was a little too ambitious. At one point I was going to do my own invitations, but after doing the save-the-dates, I nixed that idea. Leave lots of extra time if you plan on doing your own! Remember to laugh together ... no matter what kind of day we're having that always brings me back to why I fell in love and married him. Wedding Photography: Spring Smith Studios / Officiant: Bob Luther, Groom's Father / Wedding Ceremony: First Congregational Church in Milton, Massachusetts / Wedding Reception, Catering, Cake + Cupcakes: Ashmont Grill in Dorchester, Massachusetts / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca via Country Weddings Bridal Boutique / Shoes: Nina / Hair: Anne Kovacs, Bride's Mother / Makeup: Lacy Toback / Jewelry: Ann Taylor Loft / Bridesmaids' Dresses + Men's Attire: J.Crew / Floral Design: Whole Foods Market / Wedding Stationery: The Envelope Please / Wedding Favors: Homemade Jam + Apple Butter