our wedding day.

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Oh my. How do I even begin to describe this day? I suppose the more I sit here and think about it the more I know that no amount of words will ever do it justice. But the photos just might and for that I am beyond thankful and so excited to share them with you. Our wedding day was magic. It was more than I could have dreamed and better than I ever imagined. We were engaged on the coldest and brightest of New Year Eves and although we will always now have a special place for winter in our hearts, summer is where our souls are meant to be. So on a gorgeous day in June we were married. We planned our celebration in just over 6 months and both agree we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We have been together for what seems like forever. So many summers and falls and winters and springs. And are thrilled to keep loving each other until forever and a day.

I grew up spending my summers on Skaneateles Lake, a gorgeous little spot tucked right into the Finger Lakes in New York. When we started to look around for venues the Mandana Barn in Skaneateles literally dropped right into our laps — or maybe I should say we dropped right into theirs. I knew I wanted a simple wedding. One filled with green grass and flowers and family and friends. I worked hard to bring the vision I had in my mind for this day to life. And with the help of everyone around us it was more than I could have hoped for and then even better still.

The morning of the wedding Zan and I met up for breakfast on the water. We went to the bakery in town, got donuts and coffee and sat quietly with our feet over the edge of the lake. We weren’t nervous or anxious, only completely and wonderfully at peace. I am so glad we got that time together the morning of our day– before the hustle and bustle, before the thrill of it all.

My cousin Paige gave us some of the best advice before our wedding day. “Stay together the entire length of the day,” she said. Someone had given the advice to her and I will forever pass it on to others. It seems kind of obvious, but there are certainly times where we could have become separated during all the excitement. So many different friends to talk to! Such a big family! But once we came together for our first look we never left each other’s side.

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Although much of the wedding was planned by yours truly, there was certainly a team that helped the magic come alive. Our vendors include… Venue: Mandana Barn / Catering & Planning: James Hares, Mandana Inn / My dress: Ceremony Boston / Bridesmaid dresses and my blue suede shoes: J.crew / Zan’s suit and Groomsmen attire: J.crew / Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar / Band: Silver Arrow Band / Officiant: Emily VanLaeys / Flowers for tables, arbor, and ceremony: Fifty Flowers {with help from a massive team of my family and friends} / Bouquets, flower crowns, and garland: Laxton’s Florist / Hair and Make-up: Melissa Evans, Arabella Salon / Boat Rental: The Sherwood Inn / Wedding Arbor & Best Day Ever sign post: made by Zan, decorated and hand-lettered by my Aunt Heidi / Invitations and paper: designed by me, hand-lettered and illustrated by my Aunt Heidi ♥

And last but absolutely not least— an amazing photographer was my number one requirement {besides the groom, of course!}, and if there’s a word stronger than incredible then that would most certainly describe ours. Chad and Rebecca Hansen from First Mate Photography were a dream. They captured our day exactly how my memories keep it — beyond perfect. These photos are everything to me. A celebration of love, indeed…

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I gave my bridesmaids each a monogramed necklace from Barberry and Lace
and these adorable cards are from the Etsy shop First Snow Fall.

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Cheers!

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Our wedding music…

Wedding Prelude // Annie’s Song, John Denver

Moon River, Andy Williams

Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

Bridesmaid Processional // A Thousand Years, The Piano Guys

Bridal Processional // Pachabel’s Canon in D

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Recessional // Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours, Stevie Wonder ♥

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{Wedding favor succulents from The Succulent Source.}

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Our cake topper is from Lovely Grain Studio and guest book {not pictured!} is from Starboard Press.

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First Dance // Today, Joshua Radin

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Father-Daughter Dance // Charlie, Milk Carton Kids

Mother-Son Dance // Cracklin’ Rosie, Neil Diamond

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The most beautiful, joyful day.

Best. Day. Ever.

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peace and quiet.

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My ease back into daily life has been, well, fairly easy and breezy which is really, really nice. It is summer vacation for me, after all. Between a bit of tutoring, some summer workshops at school, and finding a place for each of our new gifts, I am finally getting the break I needed after that June crazy. Good crazy, but crazy all the same. This was planned just so, of course. We had two options for wedding dates with our venue– one in the middle of June, and the other at the very end of August. With the August date I would have had a lot more time to plan without the end of the year school stress but the June date would give me more time to reflect and enjoy the memories of it all. And that made the choice incredibly easy.

Right before our wedding Breather contacted me to see if I’d like to try out one of their spaces for a few hours. Breather is a company that rents out gorgeous rooms around the city. You can use the rooms for just about anything your heart desires and can use them for as little or as long as you’d like. I was too busy to even think about giving it a try before the wedding, but was certainly intrigued. I also knew how many photos I would have after our trip. Photos to be sorted and edited and blogged — the perfect reason to test out a Breather space. And perfect timing too because this week has been HOT! With no AC at home it was really nice to get away to someplace cool for a few hours.

There are 5 locations in Boston and I reserved the room at 715 Boylston Street {right across from Lord and Taylor} and my sister and I made an afternoon of it. We picked up some Flour for lunch, brought our laptops along, and mostly just enjoyed the light and bright — we loved it all!

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This space in particular is HUGE. I spent some time while we were there brainstorming all the different things you could use it for. Dinner with friends. Craft night. Yoga party. A holiday shindig. I mean, your house is fine for all of these things, but sometimes change is good, you know? I could absolutely see myself reserving a space while visiting NYC {42 locations!!!}, as I often find myself needing a recharge during day trips. Will obviously also need to go back to San Francisco for this gem, and Montreal! DIVINE! Coffee shops are nice, but these rooms are nicer. And perfectly pretty, too!

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If you’re interested in trying out Breather for yourself, go ahead and use the code

“DEARFRIEND”

for one free hour at any breather location.
Fingers crossed it’s in your city! I know YOU WILL LOVE IT!

whirlwind!

married!

Wow. Amazing. Intense. Stressful. Emotional. Incredible. Joyful. Beautiful. A WHIRLWIND!

Those are all words that come immediately to mind when I think about the past 6 — now almost 7 months. At the moment I am in a relieved state of utter bliss thinking about how it all went down and I imagine I will be riding on this high for quite some time. A magical whirlwind of the best memories of our lives and I am brought to tears the harder I think about it.

We were married on a brilliant Saturday in June with all our most favorite family and friends there to witness. It was a bit rainy, beyond beautiful, and full of every kind of happiness that one wedding day could bring. We are so thankful for it all. Honestly, grateful beyond words.

Hooray! We are married!

And nothing has ever felt more right. ♥

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image by First Mate Photography Co.
and yes, yes! more to come!!

my boston wedding shower. ♥

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Oh, Saturday!  I  A M  O V E R J O Y E D ! Can I relive it all over again? If I could, I certainly would. My Boston Wedding Shower ♥ It was so much fun and so crazy filled with love. Meg hosted with the help of my mom and they gave me the most amazing day with family and friends. I am still smiling ear to ear just thinking about it!

We had the party right here at my house, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The night before we moved the furniture around and made some simple decorations to make it festive. Luckily, our space is wonderfully light and bright, and our living room and dining room is one big room — the perfect space for a gathering. We had around 30 people or so, which was cozy, but it worked out fine! The morning of the shower my mom and aunt did the food prep, while my sister and I went out to Dry Bar just to keep things extra fun. :) From start to finish it was such an exciting wonderful day.

And if this whole “I’m getting married” thing didn’t feel quite so real before, it sure as ever does now. :)

Here are {a LOT} of photos from the shower… My friend Lauren took my camera and was the dedicated photographer {thank you friend! I am so happy to have these memories! xo}

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We had a delicious lunch of ham and swiss/chicken salad croissants, deviled eggs, my favorite “brown bread” made my Zan’s Aunt Janey, fruit salad and deserts! A whole table of chocolate cookies, mini-cupcakes, and two “winning hearts and minds” cakes — an absolute favorite around here {we’ll have it at our wedding, too!}.

A few nights before the shower Zan and I helped my sister come up with a quiz for everyone to take. It had lots of questions about the two of us as a couple — some with obvious answers, some not so much! A fun “how well do you know us?” game that I think was well enjoyed. In addition to the game each guest was also asked to fill out a memory card. Then, in between opening gifts the memories were read aloud and I would try to guess who wrote each one. I loved it because I was reminded of so many happy times with so many people who mean so much to me. At the end my mom gave out homemade heart-shaped cookies for favors. Such a perfect hand-made day.

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Thank you for the flowers, 218!!!!! Mwah mwah mwah.

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Zan stopped by the party a few hours in and, of course, was a huge it. He arrived just before I opened a card and a gift from his mom and I don’t know what came over me, but I just couldn’t help but tear up! Made me feel all the best feelings and I just started crying. So my sister had to read the card and then she started tearing up, too! Oh that got everyone laughing and crying. That was my favorite memory of all.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate. Thank you for the wonderful gifts and kind words and big hugs. My heart was bursting full the entire time. It still is and will be until our wedding day… and then still forever after. ♥

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{my favorite picture from the day captured by my friend Katie!}

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xoxoxoxox.