How did you meet your husband?
We went to the same small college but didn't actually meet until our semester abroad in The Netherlands. We had fun incorporating little nods to the way we met at the wedding like Dutch waffles in the welcome baskets.
Tell us about the proposal/ring!
I was shocked when Sean proposed! I always wanted it to be low-key, so under the guise of my birthday he cooked an amazing dinner at home and gave me vintage champagne flutes. I didn't suspect a thing and he was able to fill our apartment with candles and got down on one knee in our living room with our new puppy (who was pretty confused by the whole thing). We had champagne in my new glasses while we called everyone with the news and he arranged celebrations with family and friends the following day in NYC.
What was your bachelorette party like, did you stay local?
My friends are the greatest and planned a spectacular weekend in Nashville. They flew in from all over the country (seriously - LA, Seattle, NYC - they're the best). We had relaxing pool-time, stuffed ourselves with delicious southern food, saw so much incredible live music, and got a little wild at a drag show :) It was unforgettable.
Where did you have the ceremony, and why?
We were married outside under a huge tree at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in New Hope, PA. Sean and I built our ceremony arch and our florist Jennie made it look even more lovely. I made pillows with some favorite quotes for the ceremony seating area and we put out throw blankets, which I think guests were happy for on the chilly October day!
Did you have a color theme or wedding style?
The color scheme was very natural and inspired by the property and surrounding area. We started with creams, greens and blushes and accented it with pops of oxblood, wood, other natural elements, and sparkly gold (so much gold!). Our florist is truly incredible and grows everything on her farm in Philadelphia!
Tell me a bit about the venue you chose and the party.
We looked for a venue that would provide a beautiful backdrop, had a lot of different options (including a plan B rain plan which we thankfully didn’t end up needing, even though it was close!), and that would let us add our own touches. Our close family and bridal party all stayed at the Inn for the entire weekend and we took advantage of all of the beautiful areas on the property for everything from the rehearsal dinner – a clam bake as a nod to Sean’s hometown at the beach with a bonfire, s’mores and lawn games – to the after party and a laid back Sunday brunch. When we thought about the day, we envisioned a celebration that was relaxed and a bit untraditional with lots of details that felt like “us” – in the end just a really great party that celebrated how much we love each other and our family and friends. We wanted everyone to feel like they were at an energetic dinner party with a few extra special touches. At the cocktail hour we had a bluegrass band. For the reception we had big farm tables, ate fancied-up cheeseburgers and tater tots for dinner (yes!), and danced all night. Our friends and family took turns giving lovely speeches and we had a photo booth set up for silly pictures. Oh, and we had eight small cakes, one baked by my mom, instead of one big one. Totally reasonable, right? For our cake cutting, we used the topper from Sean's parents wedding. Sean and I did a ton of DIYs leading up to the wedding which was a fun way to spend time together, including brewing our own beer for guests to take home with them.
What was the song you danced to for your first dance?
“A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” by Glenn Miller Band. It's an old song about meeting your love in London, where Sean and I officially started dating.
What were some special moments that stood out to you on your wedding day?
Getting ready in the bridal suite with my girlfriends and our moms was really special. And Kristyn of course fit right in and kept everything relaxed and low key during hair and makeup, which I so appreciated! The ceremony really stands out for both of us. We wrote it ourselves and had three people take turns as officiant - Sean's dad, my step-sister, and a close friend who was ordained online to actually seal the deal :) Crafting the ceremony, writing our vows, and choosing readings really made it personal and memorable. And last, just the lovey buzz of being surrounded by so many family and friends that came to celebrate us. We tried to pause and soak it all in and memories of the night just feel warm and full of love. We're so thankful for all of them.
Any special thanks to give?
So many! Our friends and family of course. I can't say enough about our vendors and the magic they created. They were all extremely professional and kept me sane through the planning process, but on the day-of they felt like friends who were there to share in the celebration - especially our florist, photographers and videographers. Special shout outs to: Venue - The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (http://www.barleysheaf.com) Florist - Love 'n Fresh Flowers (http://lovenfreshflowers.com) Photography - The More We See (http://www.themorewesee.com) Videography - Tree of Life Films (http://www.treelifefilms.com) DJ - Lovesick, Inc. (http://www.lovesickinc.com) Dress - Lovely Bride NYC, dress by Carol Hannah Alterations - Toile (http://shoptoile.com) Suit - Commonwealth Proper, custom (http://commonwealthproper.com) Makeup - Shimmer & Spice, DUH!