venue: bride's family farm, High Meadow Farm, Hubbardston, MA
caterer: Susan Geronimo, Sean Patricks Restaurant and Catering
florist: La Jolie Fleur, Worcester
ceremony musician: Adam Rice
cake: bride's aunt
tent: Sunshine Tent Rentals
gown: Maggie Sottero at Pronuptia Bridal, Worcester
When Heather's initial inquiry came through last winter, I was immediately intrigued:
The wedding is going to be very relaxed, more of a glorified barbecue. The farm is beautiful (though I am biased - I grew up running barefoot in those fields) with a view over Mt Wachusett. The ceremony itself will be near sunset, on top of a hill that looks one way out to the mountain and the other way out to the pastures and barn. My family is very involved...the meat for the BBQ is grown on the farm...my Dad is making the wine and my aunt is making the cake. My mum is originally from England, so we'll have that side of the family staying at the main house in RVs. We're hoping to have live music, as well. It's going to be great fun, I think! Above all, we're looking for a photographer to document the day and capture the beauty of the place and time, without too many posed, stiff shots.
The wedding day was exactly as Heather had envisioned, or very close to it. We weren't blessed with a sunny fall day so the ceremony on the hill was moved under a tent, but a thick cloud cover still allowed us to scoot up to that hill for portraits against the pops of beautifully changing leaves. You see, the night before there had been heavy rain. When we rolled in from Maine on the wedding day neighbors were gathered at the tent with their leaf blowers, all lending a hand to help dry the ground. In toasts later that night, and during the ceremony which followed the Quaker tradition of inviting guests to stand and speak freely, neighbors of this tight knit street shared memories and stories of this unique neighborhood, something we easily noted from the very first minute.
Just down the road a bit from the reception tent was Heather's childhood home on more of their 100 acre property. Inside, relatives from England were swirling about making us all giggle with their sweet accents and expressions as dogs and babies and boots were under foot. Heather's aunt was busy readying the most amazing cake I've ever tasted and everyone was watching the weather out the windows. It was a little crazy and a lot of fun. Josh snuck in with a minute to dress before a sweet first look in front of the horse barn in their back yard. Family portraits followed and then we were off back up the road to the ceremony in our galoshes and riding in pick-up trucks.
After the I Do's were official, guests were treated to generous portions of the most delicious food (this vegetarian won't speak of the meats that were served from the farm, but everything I ate was amazing too), sweet toasts, English "Christmas cracker" pulling tradition and the aforementioned cake. Otherwise there were no formalities, just a warm, cozy evening celebrating the sweet connection between Heather and Josh with friends and family from near and far. Congratulations, you two!
How they met, in their own words:
In early 2008, Josh was nothing more than a over-worked, lonely emergency medicine intern at UMass Medical Center and Heather, an aspiring nursing student. Tired of living the “Grey’s Anatomy” lifestyle, and on the recommendation of a friend, Josh decided to try his luck with match.com and meet somebody outside of the medical world. Despite near blizzard conditions and Heather's questionable fashion decision to wear Uggs on a first date, their first real-life meeting took place on February 1st, 2008 at Caffe Dolce in Worcester. The rest is history.