This wedding tells the sweetest story of a darling Texas Bride tying the knot to her dream New England Groom. And that blend worked beautifully in crafting a soiree that is equal parts Texan charm and New England style. The result is a wedding that we know was not only beautiful but completely memorable, and thanks to Meghann Gregory you can devour every bit here.
From Jill Moran…The Couple: Amber and Jeffrey met during an internship in Washington DC – Amber an aspiring journalist, and Jeffrey with ambitions for an international post in government. It was love at first sight for Amber for this handsome gentleman from Boston, and likewise for Jeffrey for his Texan sweetheart. Six years later, they celebrate their commitment of a life together!
The wedding day: The celebration reflected a country theme from the Texas roots of the bride and the New England born and bred groom. The couple chose to marry at the rural home of the groom’s family – the Henry Adams House built in 1652 with its lush gardens, sprawling lawns and weathered barn.
The Invitation: Burlap and natural fiber paper fit the informal and organic feel of this couples wedding. The lace tie hinted of the design elements to come at the wedding celebration.
The Gift: The groom presented his bride-to-be with a favorite book that captured the relationship of Abigail and John Adams through their letter writing.
The Flowers: The bride carried a bouquet of antique roses, stock, baby’s breath and lamb’s ear wrapped in burlap ribbon held in place with copper colored pins in subtle shades of peach and ivory. The bridesmaid’s bright orange and lime bouquets complemented the navy dresses and were perfect for a warm summer wedding.
Guest arrival: After a short trolley, guests were greeted with a refreshing JAMBER cocktail – a mix of tequila from the West with a splash of cranberry from the bogs of Massachusetts. A cello duet –friends of the brides – entertained guests upon arrival and during the ceremony.
The Ceremony: The ceremony details were displayed in antique gold-frames and guided family and friends to the gardens for the wedding ceremony. An antique trunk served as a place for guests to place wedding gifts and cards. Tiny vases of sweet peas lined the garden path for the wedding party’s arrival. A family friend of the bride served as the officiant for the garden ceremony.
Lawn and gardens: Country-themed details included bales of hay propping the chalk-board menu and celebration details, kettles of potted flowers and a window frame seating chart. Table assignments were listed on an old window frame with burlap mounted on each glass pane, telling the story of the couples courtship.
Cocktail hour: Pre-dinner bites were served on wooden and glass washboards. The pool area featured floating peonies, the guest book and photo of the bridal couple. Wine barrels served as the bar and cocktail tables. Guests noshed on crab and jalapeno fritters, with a dollop of chipotle Remoulade, petite Arepas with pulled chicken and mange barbecue sauce and vegetable Empanaditas for a task of Texas with a New England twist.
The dining tent: As guests moved to the dining tent, lanterns lit the paths, tent ceiling and trees for the start of the dinner and dancing festivities. Tuscan tables, simple garden chairs and antique pieces set an inviting tone in the dining tent. Antique wrought-iron lanterns hung from above and branches dressed with burlap, twine and twingling lights framed the wooden dance floor. Glass votive holders filled with flowers and floating lights were tucked in the branches above the dance floor. The bride and groom enjoyed dining at an intimate sweetheart table; a small wooden antique table set for two!
The table settings: The color palette of blues, oranges and blush pinks were chosen to reflect the elements of New England and Texas from the groom’s days boatin off the shores of New England to the bride’s love of roses. Burlap and lace over simple white table cloths set a refined country tone at the dining tables and were topped with antique glassware filled with roses, stock, sweet peas, Gerber daisies and snapdragons. Navy napkins were tied with raffia to complement the navy votives and lanterns on the tables.
Table cards: Burlap mounted table cards shared the story of the couple from their first introduction as interns in Washington DC, to their travels to Taiwan as a Fulbright grantee and journalist to their love of their family, friends, sailing, and travel.
Dinner: Dinner served family style at each table and featured southern specialties including Tilapia Fish Tacos with toppings of avocado, black beans, coleslaw and salsas southwest salsa, chicken enchiladas verdes, stuffed Poblano peppers, arugula salad with julienned jicama and red onion.
The Wedding Cake: The wedding cake, a simple two tier with buttercream frosting, was wrapped in navy ribbon and topped with wedding flowers. The wedding topper, a gift from their host family in Taiwan, sat along side the cake reminding them of their travels together.
Music and dancing: Jeffrey’s gift of a life with the use of only one arm didn’t prevent him from dipping and swinging his bride of their first dance. The grooms father and brother shared a song to honor the couple before guests danced the night away under the tent to celebrate Amber and Jeffrey’s wedding.
Photographer: Meghann Gregory | Videographer: Madeline Stephanson | Wedding Cake: Icing On The Cake | Catering: Capers Catering | Makeup: Kristin Kay Esthetics | Hair: Salon One Westwood | Tent: Sperry Tent | Event Planner, Design, Florals: Jill Moran | Music: John Zucco | Private Home: The Henry Adams House | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Restrooms: ElizaJ | Trolley: Above All Transportation | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother