When vintage romance meets a completely in love Bride and Groom and every moment is captured by the talented team that is Justin & Mary - you know you have a show-stopper on your hands. One that will make you want to stop and take in every gorgeous image that makes up this wedding’s full gallery and just gush and swoon over all the romance. And that’s exactly what we suggest doing, because it would be a crime to pass up a soiree this stylishly show stopping, trust us.
From the Bride… Aaron and I met in 1999 when I was a freshman and he was a senior in high school in our small hometown in upstate New York. We actually went to prom together as friends the following spring and then lost touch until around 2007, where we reconnected at the engagement party of mutual friends. We dated long distance for a few months until Aaron decided to join me in Connecticut. Fast forward three years to a vacation in Myrtle Beach when Aaron asked me to marry him on a moonlit beach walk where he had written the question in the sand. I wish that one of us could remember the genuine heartfelt things he said, but in that intense of a moment (unless on camera), I don’t think any couple does! It was a ridiculously exciting time for us, and we absolutely could not wait to be husband and wife. As the year and a half of wedding planning began, we knew the most important aspect of that day was to be surrounded by all of our family and friends. In order to stay on budget with a large number of guests, we had to get creative and incorporate a lot of DIY ideas like our chalkboard signage and Mr. and Mrs. chair markers. I am an INCREDIBLY indecisive person (except when it came to choosing my dress), and Aaron really helped to keep me grounded, focus on what was important and tell me when the shades of purple in the bridesmaids’ shoe clips and clutches were “close enough.” The theme we went with was “Vintage Romance,” incorporating classic black and white with hints of purple, and we think that our vision came together flawlessly. Jenna St. Clair, a close childhood friend of mine, designed all of our stationery as well as the seating chart, and they couldn’t have set the theme any better. We used purple stained glass lanterns and books for our centerpieces and went with classic love story titles for the table names. We tried to embrace tradition, while at the same time adding our own unique and personal touches to the day. I used some of the lace and buttons from my late grandmother’s wedding gown to wrap around the stems of my bouquet, and we had pictures of family members who have passed away surrounding our guestbook. Our cardholder was an old suitcase that belonged to my grandparents’ neighbor who had been like another grandmother to my siblings, cousins and me. Our first dance was to a song from Aaron’s all-time favorite band, Better Than Ezra. We honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta because neither of us had ever been to Mexico. Aside from what went “wrong” or was flawed or did not go exactly according to plan that day, it didn’t matter. It was a day meant for us, our family, friends and our love — and because of that it was perfect. Looking back, we wouldn’t change a thing! Wedding Photography: Justin & Mary / Ceremony: Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Whitehall, New York / Reception: Arts Center on Hudson in Mechanicville, New York / Floral Design: The Murphys Cottage Crafts / Catering: Faldoni’s / Bakery: Lake George Baking Company / Custom Soda: Avery’s Beverages / DJ: G.T. Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Enzoani via Bancroft Bridals / Makeup Artist: Looks by Lacy