Backyard Cocktail Party Wedding
May 13, 2014
New England
Classic WeddingsBackyardSummer Weddings
Not only did this adorable couple's story start way back in elementary school, but they also shared their first ever slow dance in 6th grade (and you know that's a big deal) ultimately making them the cutest couple around. Fast forward a few years and that slow dance turned into their first dance as husband and wife at their completely gorgeous backyard wedding, taking this love story full circle. Don't miss all the perfect moments captured by Lisa Rigby Photography waiting for you here.
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From the Bride...Spencer and I both grew up in Carlisle, Massachusetts, attending elementary school through high school together. In sixth grade, we were each other's first-ever slow dance, and though we remained friendly throughout high school, we eventually lost touch. But then one fateful day in the fall of 2011, four years since we had last seen each other, Spencer and I bumped into each other taking a bus to the university where I was in my first year of social work school and he in his second year of law school.  After we had been dating for a year Spencer, under false pretenses, coaxed me back to our old middle school and proposed in the same gymnasium where we shared our first slow dance.

Spencer and I both thought there was something really romantic about getting married in the small town where we grew up. It was a very full-circle moment, and we knew that my parents' home would provide the perfect setting for our day.

We wanted to keep our wedding informal and make it feel more like a nice backyard cocktail party. I wrote the table assignments on antique windows. Spencer set up areas for guests to play cornhole and croquet. Everything was geared towards encouraging our friends and family to move around, dance, mingle, and just have fun.

We absolutely loved the long, wooden farm tables, covered with hemstitched table runners. We wanted flowers everywhere -- lots of small arrangements in mason jars, vintage tins, and glass milk bottles. Lighting was also really important to us; candles and lanterns played a large role in our decorative ambiance.  Before the ceremony, our ushers gave out beautiful vintage-inspired paper fans -- a necessity for combatting the potential August heat.

But the weather, as with everything that day, worked out perfectly. And as amazing as all the decorations were, it was the love we shared with our friends and family that will always mean most to us.