There is DIY and then there is DIF, Do It Family, and that is when all of your your loved ones have a hand in making your day absolutely perfect. Which is exactly what happened in this gorgeous family affair. The details are perfect, but the love is even more so, and thanks to all the images snapped up by Birke Photography we can get lost in all the pretty here.
From the Bride…2013 was a huge year for us. We had a baby, got engaged and then pulled together our “perfect” wedding 4 months later. It never would have happened without both of our families’ unbelievable support, love and creative skill sets.
Winn & I met in Truckee, CA two years ago. We were both from the East coast, living in the perfect ski town, and we met on the bocce court at the Truckee River Winery. Our relationship took off from the very beginning, sharing a love of skiing, hiking, camping, and fly fishing. We decided a move back East was in our cards when we found out we were having a baby due in January of 2013. We were lucky enough to move back to a beautiful place in Hingham, MA, the Weir River Farm, where Winn works as a Conservation Technician. We love being back East closer to both of our families. I’m originally from the NEK of Vermont and Winn is from West Chester, PA.
Winn proposed to me on my birthday by taking me on a kayak paddle to one of the Boston Harbor Islands (Langley Island), and surprising me with his great-grandmothers engagement ring. I was beyond thrilled and so began our feverish planning for a beautiful VT fall wedding. We choose the Inn at Mountain View farm due to its location in East Burke VT (part of the NEK). Our family and friends traveled across the county to help us celebrate and we couldn’t be more thankful for all their support.
I’ll admit I’m quite the planner. The “vision” of our day had been in my head and “pinned” on my Pinterest board and shared with my family/friends early on. The decor was all done by my family and friends, the flowers were done by my amazing cousin Molly and Aunt Jane – when I say stunning – honestly it was amazing what they did with flowers. My sister, Emily, arrived from CA and hit the ground running, hanging this pennant here and placing this mirror there, my cousin Jessica was always right by my side asking for the next assignment, my mom was amazing with coordinating everything local, my mother-in-law did my makeup, my best friend, sister in laws and aunts all rolled silverware. A dear family friend made the pies. Another dear family friend catered the event. We (both of our entire families) hand collected vintage china from thrift shops throughout New England. My cousin, Jessica, sang a song while we walked down the isle and one of Winn’s best friends sang as everyone was seated. When I say it was a “DIF” wedding I cannot begin to describe how incredibly lucky we are to have such amazing people in our lives.
My absolute favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle to Winn. My best friend married us and we each wrote our own vows which I had transferred onto Winn’s grandmother’s kerchiefs.
Photography: Birke Photography | Floral Design: Molly Heyward & Jane Horton | Wedding Dress: Essense | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Inn At Mountain View Farm | Bridesmaids Dresses: Rory Beca | Catering: Dancing Sails/East Side Restaurant | Makeup: Nancy Wilson (mother Of The Groom) | Hair: Annabellas Salon | Band: Dr Burma Band | Favors: Homemade Apple Cider Jelly (Carol (mother Of The Bride) & Jane (aunt Of The Bride)) | Grooms Attire: Beau Ties | Accessories: No Veil, Borrowed Sapphire Diamond Drop Earings From Cousin | Cake/desserts: Betty Racine (family Friend) | Ceremony Musician:: Michael Brown & Jessica Gage; Along With Ted Mortimer From Dr.Burma Band | Wedding Officiate: Lynn Pitcavage (bride's Best Friend)