our wedding day.


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’s 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.


Although much of the wedding was planned by yours truly (and thankfully my mom who was able to be so close when Boston felt so far),there was certainly a team that helped the magic come alive. Our vendors include… Venue: Mandana Barn / Catering & Planning: James Hares, Mandana Inn (James help was immeasurable. Since we didn’t have a traditional wedding planner, James took over so many of the important venue details and truly helped the day come together perfectly.) / My dress: Ceremony Boston, designed by Karen Willis Holmes / 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…


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




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


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


{Wedding favor succulents from The Succulent Source.}


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


First Dance // Today, Joshua Radin


Father-Daughter Dance // Charlie, Milk Carton Kids

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


The most beautiful, joyful day.

Best. Day. Ever.




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. ♥

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

sister style // v. 2

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{On Meg: similar jacketsweater, necklace, jeans, bag, similar shoes}

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{On me: similar jacket, shirt, scarf, jeans, bag, similar shoes here and here}

{bracelets: here, here, and here.}

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Hooray for sisters! Hooray for Meg!

Today is special because today is Meg’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEG!!!!! {ENTER ALLLLL THE CELEBRATION EMOJIS HERE. Especially the red dress dancer one. She’s my fave.} We had many a celebrations this weekend, which is the way birthdays should be, of course. Out for drinks on Friday night, bike rides and Head of the Charles on Saturday, and brunch and a South End Sunday makes for a fine weekend in the Bean.

Also, we FINALLY decided to put another sister style in the books. It’s been almost a year since the last {and first!}. Yesterday we went to brunch at Stella on Harrison Ave, then walked over to the SOWA Open Market to get our fill of all the outdoor vendors before they close up for the season. Only one weekend left! It was such a beautiful day and fall is surely in full force here. The tree lined streets are spectacular. Everywhere I look the colors are so rich and true– this city is meant for this season. Gorgeous through and through.

If you’re from around these parts have you ever been to the Head of The Charles weekend? It’s one of my favorites of the year. My college has a tent in the reunion village so it’s always great fun to run into people. I saw lots of old faces this time around, without expecting it either, so it was all a pleasant surprise. Whatever you did, wherever you were– I hope you had a happy weekend too!

dress up.

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One of my favorite parts about this summer was the many weddings we attended. We went to the wedding of two of my friends {one high school, one college}, Zan’s cousin, and then my cousin, totaling four, which seemed like a lot to us, but turns out to be pretty low compared to other people I’ve met along the way. One friend of mine went to 12 weddings one year. CAN YOU IMAGINE! How does one even have that many friends?!

All of our weddings were on the East Coast, and all were in driving distance— the farthest being Maryland, which was definitely a hike, but also pretty lucky that we didn’t have to fly anywhere. I didn’t love the constant driving, as driving is my nemesis, but I did love the celebrating. And also, of course, the dressing up. OH, YES. The dressing up!

The best part of this year’s bout of weddings was that I wasn’t in a single one. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved my experiences as a bridesmaid, but there is just something to say for not having to spend all that money {showers! bachelorettes!} and especially for the freedom of wearing your own dress. This year I recycled a couple of my own dresses from years past, and the one above is my most favorite of all.


Also, doesn’t Zan look handsome?
I found that tie at the thrift store in Greenwich– for $6!