It only makes sense that this darling couple, who met and fell in love in high school, would choose a hometown wedding to celebrate their sweet love and commitment for one another. They even chose a venue that they, and many of their guests, had stayed at during school field trips making the whole day that much more meaningful. The rustic, woodsy details they incorporated into their charming day, like the tree stump escort cards and cake stand, are perfect for this Plymouth, lakeside setting. See it all in the full gallery!
From the Bride... Brett and I met in high school during my freshman year. It was that "football player meets cheerleader" kind of love story. We dated throughout school then went our separate ways for college. A few years later, we found ourselves back in each others arms again — until becoming united in marriage!
Brett had arranged a birthday cookout for me on the weekend he planned to propose. The night before the party, we went to our favorite fried clam shack on the north shore of Massachusetts, Farnham's of Essex. This was our special something that we had shared together on warm summer nights since getting our driver's license in high school! In keeping with tradition, we went to Singing Beach in Manchester by the Sea to take a walk in the sand. Brett seemed more indecisive than usual, not knowing which way he wanted to walk. Suddenly, he dropped to one knee, sharing his love for me with a ring in hand. Of course, I said "Yes!" and as we were hugging each other I heard this "clicking" sound in the background. Brett spun me around to reveal hidden photographers who had caught the entire proposal on film! The excitement of the proposal carried into the following day at my birthday celebration turned impromptu engagement party!
After opting not to fly away to Hawaii to wed in a small celebration, we decided to host a hometown wedding with our best friends and family! The venue we chose was actually an overnight field trip location that we attended during fifth grade, along with many of the invited wedding guests. We knew it would be a "blast from the past." Guests were invited to sleep over in cabins that lined the lakeside. Our wedding had a destination feel to it while remaining in our home state of Massachusetts. Since we were at a campsite by the lake, we went with a rustic, woodsy, camp theme: s'mores, birch vases, logs and a tree stump cake stand. Following the lakeside ceremony was a party in the lodge. The night ended with a bonfire on the beach, where we listened to music and roasted marshmallows. Some guests found themselves in kayaks on the lake as well! We were inspired by the talents of our friends and were able to make our wedding personable by including many of them in the ceremony music, first dance song, DJ, photography and cinematography.
Wedding Photography: Jesse Vuona + Sarah Kate Vuona / Wedding Venue: Bournedale Function Facility "Camp Bournedale" in Plymouth, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Karen Keough / Wedding Cinematography: John Graziano / Catering: Bournedale Function Facility / Wedding Cake: D'Amicis Bakery / Wedding Stationery: Rhonda Kaloutas of Peek-A-Boo Invitations / Photo Booth Props: PartyGoodies / "Love is Sweet" Banner for Dessert Table: LazyCaterpillar / Country Wedding Fabric Bunting: AFeteBeckons / "Thank You" Wooden Heart Sign Chalkboards: Save on Crafts / Escort Card Table Display, Ribbon Curtain Dessert Display Backdrop, Burlap Signage + Dessert Table Cake Stands: DIY / Painting of Bride & Groom Over Fireplace: Jen Guertin of Anchor Steam Tattoo Gallery / DJ: Evan Kenney of Bodega Girls / Wedding Dress: Pronovias "Fauna" / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka "Kiwi" / Bride's Feathered Hair Clips, Earrings + Bracelet: Handmade / Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal / Bridesmaids' Jewelry: madebysam2 / Hair: Catie Michaud + Jillian Carbone of Vanity Hair Salon / Makeup: Stephanie Acciacca / Groom's Tuxedo: Calvin Klein / Photo Booth: Enjoy Photobooth