Matt’s youngest sister Kendra said it right during her toast at the reception – that Matt is the happiest when he is with Liz. The engagement photos I made of them last August bear witness to this statement. And now their wedding day is another testament to this happiness. Really it’s true for both – I can see just has much bliss in Liz the moment Matt is around her. Five years in the making and these two are true loves.
Usually I hear what couples have planned for their wedding a year before the big day, so it’s always exciting to see it come together when that day indeed arrives. Liz and Matt did all the planning, which is completely impressive. I am usually always one for a day-of planner at the very least, but these two could handle it. Liz had the most beautiful white three-ring binder full of her neatly recorded wedding plans – so impressive as I’m a fan of organizational skills as such (have I told you how much I love Staples and Muji?!). She and Matt were both calm and collected when I arrived for the day. I got to hang with Matt and the guys (and pooch Jefferson!) for some pool at the relaxing Little Chatham Lodge, before I headed to Hardy Farm just down the road to hang with Liz and the girls. Liz’s romantic long-sleeved wedding gown was perfect for the spring weather that still had a chill in the air, especially as the sun went down. After a private First Look in the barn, it was off to take all the family formals, and some portraits with Jefferson who was sure to get his time in with his beloved humans!
Charlotte Nolan officiated a beautiful ceremony amongst the trees and soft palette of florals with Liz and Matt surrounded by just over 100 of their dearest friends and family. They wrote their own vows and said them aloud to each other so honestly, so lovingly. After a quick half hour of cocktails, dinner commenced, served up by the delectable White Mountain Cider Company. Toasts were given by Liz’s brother Nathan, the best man, and Matt’s sister Kendra, the co-maid of honor with Matt’s other sister Alexis. And cake was cut – not just any cake, but a beautiful four-tiered cake baked by the talented Kendra (who is actually a pastry chef in DC)! Just as the sun was setting, Liz and Matt wanted to sneak away for some alone time and portraits with views of the nearby mountains. After all, these two are serious hikers – they’ve hiked all 48 4000-footers in New Hampshire, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, in the Dolomites of Italy, and the Waimea Canyon in Kauai! But when we came back to Hardy Farm, it was evident why all the guests came – to share their stellar dance moves! While the Silver Arrow Band from Boston killed it, this crowd was not shy on the old barn floor – it shook so much for some songs, I anxiously watched my flash stands wobble along with the excitement. There was jump roping with dress ties and floor splits. Yep, splits – need I say more?!
Liz and Matt, thanks so much for allowing me to witness all this craziness and love! I have no doubt you are enjoying Montenegro and can’t wait to hear all about it. Congrats you two! xo