“This is what I mean when I say I love you,” was what Caroline explained in her personal vows to Jonathan. So heartfelt and moving. They both spoke with conviction that the other is for them. There were certainly some happy tears at the ceremony shed by the newlyweds and guests alike. The entire celebration had that same happy, laid-back vibe and filled the adorable Camden Yacht Club with lots of laughs and love. Despite the modest 65 guests, none of them refrained from dancing or playing a little corn hole on the harbor lawn. This lively crew new how to party. Caroline and Jonathan even set one of the surviving lobsters free after their lobster bake dinner (with a delicious spread of sides, all thanks to Trillium Caterers).
Amber Small from Sweetest Thing Weddings coordinated all the little details, florals, and kept the big day on schedule. The couple's choices were simple, but thoughtful, with a little glam — Caroline was stunning in her amazing, sparkly, backless dress (I love!). But she is also super talented, designing and painting all the table cards, lobster-cracking instructions, lobster bibs, homemade mad libs card, invitation suite, and save the date, which, with a mat added, the original painting became the guest favor. Jonathan and his boys were handsomely classic in their suits and yellow ties. However, Phil the Toast Master donned a belt buckle that a Toast Master just has to wear; it was destiny. The decision to have a Toast Master — think, master of ceremonies — was a nod to Jonathan’s English background.
As I left for the evening, the sorority sisters of Caroline and fraternity brothers of Jonathan were still tearing up the dance floor to a selection of songs that was now early 90’s hip-hop — amazing throwbacks that made me want to stay and dance!
Caroline and Jonathan, I hope you enjoyed your mini-moon to Miami at the THE best hotel on South Beach! I can’t wait to get back there myself! Congrats on your wedding, so happy for you two!
How they met, in their own words:
We're both proud graduates of Syracuse University, and lived next door to each other for 3 years in our respective fraternity (DKE) and sorority (AXO) houses. We shared a lot of the same friends, went to the same events, and yet...we never really met each other! Fast forward to the wedding of one of Jonathan's fraternity brothers to one of my sorority sisters in 2010 and we FINALLY met! When Jonathan asked me to dance at the reception, I knew he was someone special. Thanks to their wedding photographer, we even have a picture of that first dance. After the wedding, we went on an official first date back in NYC. We both knew, after that first date, that it would be each of our last first dates. Fun fact: we're the 5th Syracuse DKE/AXO couple (we know of) to get married...maybe there really is something about the "girl next door."
photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photography • venue: Camden Yacht Club • planner, flowers: Amber Small, Sweetest Thing Weddings • officiant: Janis Maylin, Affirmations • caterer: Trillium • dj: Erich Kruger, Music Man DJ • cake: Eat Cake, Newburyport • beauty: Bei Capelli • rentals: One Stop Event Rentals • gown: Rosa Clara via Designer Loft, NYC • maids: Adrianna Papell and Erin Fetherston • groom: Charles Tyrwhitt • invitations: designed by bride, printed at Paper Presentation, NYC