venue: Brooke's childhood home
officiant: Mike Larson, Melvin Village Community Church
coordinator: Kate Martin, Beautiful Days
caterer: Jay Curcio, The White Apron
florist: Kate Martin, Beautiful Days
tent: Sperry Tents
ceremony musicians: Encore
cake: Jennifer Gifford, Jennifer's For Every Occasion
hair: Meredith Stanley, The Hair Place
transportation: Molly the Trolley, Winnipesaukee Livery
gown: Priscilla of Boston at Meredith's Bridal, Scituate, MA
invitations: designed by Doug, printed at Gus & Ruby Letterpress
honeymoon: Montreal and Quebec
The first good decision I made last Saturday was not to wear mascara. The second was to bring rubber boots.
Brooke and Doug married at Brooke's childhood home, a stunning property I can only describe as other-worldly. An historic stone house overlooking rolling hills with jagged rocks and grazing sheep, a winding river and an observatory for stargazing. I visited there last summer and it was just as captivating on a beautiful day as it was in, well, sideways rain.
Said rain (I've never seen anything like it!) caused the ceremony planned by the river's edge under the tensile structure Doug built to be moved under the tent. But you know what? It couldn't have been more perfect. Guests gathered close on sweet wooden benches to hear Brooke and Doug's vows as the sound of the rain was steady overhead. It was intimate. Romantic. Planner Kate Martin said that it doesn't rain on a wedding day for couples who can't handle it. Agreed. These two never complained but accepted the unexpected guest in stride, welcoming its surprise twist to the schedule.
Everything about this couple, actually, was cool and calm. The way they glided through the day, never stressed about time or dirtying their 'duds, excited to walk through the pasture to the observatory with umbrellas and later face the intense wind and rain for some of the more memorable formals I've ever taken. There was a deep loving kindness as they embraced each of their guests throughout the evening, a joyful pride shared by all for these two who met way back in high school on the ski team. And permeating the event was their most tender connection, a beautiful respect and adoration shared in the most simple stolen glances or gentle touches.
Enjoy the images from their sweet celebration.
Oh, Brooke! I love that dimple! The groomsmen escorted the bridesmaids up to the observatory where they would wait until the ceremony's start. Brooke's father is an astronomer and built the observatory over the course of five years. Doug incorporated it in their wedding invitation design, printed at Gus & Ruby. The view from outside the observatory. I have never been so wet or so happy to have little lambs in a wedding landscape. Meanwhile, the guys were keeping themselves busy with a game of dominoes. Cones of herbs await post I Do tossing! Brooke is very close with her parents. I've never seen a father escort his daughter to the aisle with his arm around her like this. Loved it. Herbs, post tossing. Not your typical wedding party photo. LOL. We did manage to toss the umbrella for a second to capture the newlyweds under the installation designed by Doug by the river.