A few weeks ago, Crystal and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary, and I thought it was about time I blog the details from our wedding! I didn’t blog much about my wedding while I was planning it, which I really regret — if I could do it again, I would have budgeted time to documenting the process. I’m hoping to make up for that soon with a few DIY posts that document the projects we tackled for our wedding. In the meantime, here’s a long overdue wedding recap.
Our wedding was a vintage inspired affair. It was held at a historic inn in my hometown, at the peak of fall in New England. It was pretty much exactly the wedding I’d always dreamed of (and thankfully, Crystal was on board with everything.)
VENUE: We got married at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The Wayside Inn claims to be the oldest continually operating inn in the United States. I wanted our wedding location to be historic but of personal significance, and the Wayside Inn fit both of those criteria.
A great perk to picking an inn as our wedding venue was that we automatically had a unique place to house our guests the night of the wedding. One of my favorite memories of the whole evening was at the inn after the wedding, when Crystal and I joined my parents, brother, cousins, and new in-laws by a roaring fire for a glass of bourbon brought up from Kentucky for the occasion.
INVITATIONS: Having beautiful letterpress invitations was one of my priorities. Early on in planning, we picked Ladyfingers Letterpress for our invitations, and they knocked it out of the park. They were extremely kind in working with my DIY proclivities, and helped me design a Save the Date that I could DIY with a stamp they made. (More on that in a future post!)
We sent our invitations from the historic Ben Franklin Post Office in Philly, using vintage stamps from my great-grandfather’s collection. (More about that on this post!)
GOWNS: The great thing about being two brides is that you get to make up your own traditions and do things as you see fit. It wasn’t a given that we’d both be wearing dresses, but that’s what we decided. Because I’m a control freak, I saw Crystal’s dress before the wedding — but she didn’t want to see mine. Funny enough, we picked very different dresses that shared a lot of details, like beading at the waist.
My dress was from Silver Moon Vintage in Chicago; Crystal’s was from Sabrina Ann in Ardmore, PA. You can read more about my vintage wedding dress on this post.
BRIDESMAIDS: As bridesmaids gifts, we bought dressing gowns from Plum Pretty Sugar, which I had been eying since they first sold their gowns on Etsy – long before we were engaged!
I put together a collection of vintage jewelry (sourced from Etsy, Ebay, Poshmark and local flea markets) for the ladies to choose from as we were getting ready.
BRIDESMEN: Our wedding party came together so naturally, it didn’t really seem like a question that we would both have men in our party — our brothers, and our good friend from college, Kai. The bridesmen all received ties from Bandari bow ties (which sadly now seems like it’s disappeared form the web.) The ties were made locally in Massachusetts, but from silk manufactured in Sudbury, England.
CEREMONY: We were married at the Martha-Mary Chapel on the Wayside Inn grounds. The chapel was built by Henry Ford, and named for his wife and mother. It’s a replica of an historic New England church, and absolutely charming. Crystal’s friend and mentor from seminary, Jess, officiated for us. Her words were absolutely beautiful, and we were so honored to be one of the first couples she married.
As if stepping back in time — or maybe a fairy tale — we were brought to and from the ceremony by a horse and carriage. We walked down the aisle to the Promenade from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, played by a quartet of students from the Boston Conservatory — friends of a family friend.
RINGS: Both of our engagement rings are vintage; mine is Crystal’s grandmother’s, and I bought hers at A. R. Ullman in Hatton Garden while I was living in London. Our wedding bands are from Erica Weiner.
MARIACHIS: It isn’t a celebration in my family without a Mariachi band. Except — exactly as happened at my parents’ wedding — they got lost and didn’t show up to play as we exited the chapel. Instead, they played while we took pictures, which might have been even better.
RECEPTION: Unlike some brides, I was really adamant that our wedding not be a tech-free wedding. Technology changes, and twenty years from now I want to remember exactly how things were like in 2014. This shot of people checking the photos they took on their phones is one of my favorites.
FLOWERS: I don’t know why we debated for so long on who to pick for flowers, because deep down I knew we’d always go with the Frugal Flower — which is literally a five minute walk from the house I grew up in. Not only did they have sentimental value, but they did an outstanding job.
The flowers were displayed in small salvaged jars purchased over several months from Scott Jordan of Artifact Art. These jars had sentimental value, since I had bought a couple with my grandmother on one of the loveliest days we’ve spent together in New York City. He was so great at working with us, and finding us exactly what we wanted.
As I’ve blogged about previously, the jars were displayed on silver trays and vintage frames that we’ve since repurposed as decor around our house. The table numbers were from GaugeNYC on Etsy.
PAPER MOON: This was one detail we almost didn’t include, but in the end I really wanted. We purchased ours from PaperMoonShoppeCo on Etsy. We didn’t do a full photo booth, but just had it as a prop for people to snap photos with using their phones, and it worked just fine. It was so much fun watching guests take their photos with it throughout the evening.
PHOTOGRAPHY: We are thankful every day that we chose the inimitable Olya Vysotskaya as our wedding photographer. We’d love to have another shoot with you soon, Olya!
Our wedding day was perfect, even with all the little things that went wrong. All of these details listed above were stitched together with the listening ears, emails, clinking mimosa glasses, and patience of beloved people in my life, making the whole wedding planning process a truly special one. Looking back now, I’ve grown even more grateful for the immense support and love we received from friends and family at the beginning of our marriage. If you’re reading this — I’m sure you know who you are — thank you!