this post if very near to my heart... as it's my wedding to my amazing adam in our home a few weeks ago.
we just welcomed our first little peanut, sarah grace in the beginning of september and with sarah on the way any wedding plans were put on hold. we were taking a little first family trip to lake winnipesaukee when sarah was 3 weeks old when the wedding all of a sudden came together. we said, no big wedding, but an elopement style ceremony in a beautiful garden in town, intimate family... it was a dream come true! being in the industry i am so lucky to see weddings done so many different ways, this was perfect for adam and i, we have no other way to describe the day than perfectly us! i'm sharing a little more than just the details here... a little peak into our little family, our true love
these gorgeous pictures were photographed by my dear friend and wedding comrade, megan braemore photography... she's amazing, follow her on Facebook and check out her work!!
i made invitations on our computer, layering organic linen papers, with hand torn edges and hand delivered the details to our 9 guests. having such a small wedding was very different from what i'm used to doing in my day to day job at the shop, so often we are planning for over 150 guests and large bridal parties. a few days before the weather was calling for 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms on our wedding day (boy, were they right) we were able to text our 9 guests and everyone easily changed plans to meet at our home to witness our vows and share a champagne toast before heading to our favorite restaurant for dinner.
on a fall walk with sarah and my parents a few weeks before the wedding we collected some fall leaves. the beech leaves that were added to our invitations had special meaning, i grew up on beech street and it's where adam and i shared our first kiss as kiddo's... we've been friends since we were 11 and a few years after that we one another's first kiss. we parted ways for our early adult years, but beech street a strong reminder of our sweetheart crushes on one another.
with so many details to think about when planning a wedding, try not to overlook the ones that will mean the most to you as a couple. for adam and i, the beech leaves on our invitations was one of those.
it wouldn't be a florists wedding if everyone attending didn't have flowers. i made boutonnieres for all the gentlemen and corsages for all the ladies. it was so fun to see everyone wore their blooms all day into dinner that evening!! we had no bridal party so the fall romantic colors in my bridal bouquet was the "theme" for the colors. i made each boutonniere different. snowberry, privet, oak leaves and dahlia's were the primary blooms i used.
this is luka, for many of you who know... he is my first baby. luka is our miniature long haired dachshund. he's looked dashing in this black satin bow
i chose not to go with the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue... but had i, these are my something old. this pair of rhinestone studs were my mom's mother's, who my middle name comes from evelyn. i was honored to wear them to say i do
"hi, mom... we're going to need you and dad's help. we have no back-up plan and the weather says a hurricane style rain is coming wednesday. i think we have to do the wedding in our loft." -kerianne
and with that the plans changed from garden ceremony to our living room in our home. we live in a loft of a renovated mill, the space is open concept so with a little reconfiguring, we made it work. i filled urns with lush branches and fall foliage, placed them on either side of our french doors against the brick and our ceremony space was formed. brown sugar pillar candles in cylinder vases on the floor created a romantic glow.
looking for a justice of the peace? we were and had no idea where to look, we were soo thrilled when we found michael. michael edwards, owner of all-star entertainment & uplighting at the bridal center in andover is a certified justice of the peace and was perfect!! our ceremony was sweet & intimate
this is my niece libby, who will be 1 next week!! looking adorable while we said our vows
now let's talk about this bouquet for a moment... ahhhh (sigh of loveliness) adam and i wanted the romance of the fall for our wedding to be the undertone. i chose the flowers for our day with that in mind. i carried a (very large) bouquet filled with many varieties of berries, foliage and blooms. paring a unique palette of ivory, peach, apricot, orange, red and burgundy with seasonal touches of brown, navy and rich foliage.
my bridal bouquet was finished with an antique stone satin wrap with a 1-sided bow made of the same stone satin and rich french velvet in burgundy
reclaimed wooden boxes from les fleurs were designed for our dinner table at the gibbet hill grill where our dinner reception took place. we placed them around our loft and enjoyed the beautiful arrangements all day. i stayed with the same color palette and introduced some different blooms. peach and burgundy amaryllis were in the arrangements along with red garden roses and white astilbe. at the flower shop we carry the reclaimed wooden boxes in many sizes, they look great anywhere!!
our little family photo session... adam, sarah and i enjoying some special time together
while we were planning our day, our photographer had a wonderful suggestion that after adam and i exchanged our vows we all gathered together for a champagne toast. having such a small wedding with no reception to follow, there were little events in the day we didn't want to go without. megan's advise was so helpful with these types of things. we cheers-ed with our collection of champagne coups and flutes we had in our china hutch. last christmas adam had given me adorable gold foil "cheers" rocks glasses, we chose to toast one another with those. a fun spin on the traditional glassware, i loved it! there is no rule book for planning a wedding, have fun and make the day about you as a couple.
upon our annual trip to the brimfield antique shows few years ago, i spotted this vintage mink cropped coat and HAD to have it... i'm so glad i did too! our wedding day was chilly and wet. my vintage coat kept me so cozy (though i don't recommend wearing your furs in the rain) it made for some super romantic fall pictures
if i told you this picture below was taken in an overgrown, abandoned parking lot in lawrence in the POURING rain, would you even believe me?? if i wasn't the bride dripping wet i wouldn't believe the statement either, megan braemore you are a genius!!
sending you off into thanksgiving week with some things i am thankful for... my amazing new husband and beautiful daughter, my wonderful family and their health and our "little" flower shop... where i get to bring so much joy to amazing couples on their special day
xo, the new mrs. nelson