A Wedding to Remember
"Sometimes our life reminds me of a forest in which there is a graceful clearing and in that opening a house, an orchard and garden, comfortable shades, and flowers red and yellow in the sun, a pattern made in the light for the light to return to. The forest is mostly dark, its ways to be made anew day after day, the dark richer than the light and more blessed, provided we stay brave enough to keep going on." - Wendell Berry, The Country of Marriage
What can I say about the best day of my life? We were wed at eleven in the morning on a beautiful Sunday in May, with sunshine and green grass and orange juice. My mother was a May bride, and I always relished looking through her album with her pearl earrings and pink chiffon bridesmaids dresses. I knew I wanted our special day to be as beautiful and happy as hers was, and I think we pulled it off!
We chose to plan a morning ceremony and brunch reception because we loved the natural light in our 1921 boat house and wanted our guests to be able to mingle, walk along the water, and sip coffee on the patio when they weren’t dancing up a storm inside. After we left our friends at about 3 PM, we had time to go out for a fancy dinner and enjoy a relaxing evening before jetting off for our honeymoon in Palm Springs.
My favorite memories from the wedding were the personal touches by friends and family that made the day "us". I had dear friends illustrate the invitations and programs, hand letter the place cards, compose original music for the processional and recessional, set all of our tables and even do my hair and makeup! My sister Hannah also designed a second "reception dress" for me to dance in with the best shoulder bow a girl could ask for.
The speeches made by our best man and maid of honor were definitely a highlight of the day for us both. Hannah touched on what it means to be absolutely in love with and meant for someone, and Timothy's best friend of four years, Jon, gave a funny and sweet anecdote on how it felt to see two of his closest friends getting married and finally outgrowing his role as a "third wheel". We couldn't have felt more surrounded by people who knew and loved us deeply.
Photography: Bekah Wriedt // Venue: Columbus Park Refectory // Florals: Gatherings Design // Wedding Gown: Kelsey Genna // Reception Dress: Hannah Everly // Shoes: ASOS // Jewelry: Lulu Frost // Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS // Groom's Attire: ASOS suit, J. Crew tie, Liberty of London pocket square