After James and Rebecca joined their lives together in the most beautiful riverside ceremony in Vermont, it was time for a little quiet celebration to reflect together on this incredible moment in their lives.
Rebecca conceived and realized the most amazing, zero waste reception I have ever seen. The paper goods were hand lettered by a friend who does work in their studio in Newburyport, they brought in locally made beverages, and Rebecca’s mother had taken months finding beautiful and unique plates from the local second hand shops.
The couple also brought up a trailer full of salvaged furniture that they turned into an outdoor living room. The flowers were locally foraged and stunningly styled by Rebecca’s mother and sister. After the wedding, every item was composted, recycled, donated or repurposed. From start to finish every detail was elegant, effortless and eco-friendly.
Guests talked and laughed around the campfire while feasting on delicious vegan bites from the Organic Garden Cafe in Beverly, MA. I can attest that their carrot cake was actually one of the best cakes I have ever eaten (and I don’t normally even like cake).
This day was all about family, love and togetherness. I couldn’t be happier for these two and wish them a lifetime of joy, adventures and fulfillment. Congratulations to the Murphys!
After an absolutely gorgeous engagement session, we were anticipating a simply beautiful wedding for Murphy and Rebecca on a campground in Vermont.
The setting was absolutely stunning.
And this bride and groom just couldn’t wait to get married.
What could be more lovely than a rushing river, ripening apples, wildflowers and hay bales?
The excitement was palpable as the groom and his good friend and officiant waited in bare feet at the front of the aisle and another friend seated atop a fallen tree stump played lilting music that floated into the forest.
The space was filled with laughter and a clear feeling of wonderful wishes for this pair.
On a perfect August afternoon, the music changed, the bride appeared with her father and the moments flowed together to join these two as husband and wife.
Their handwritten vows left not a dry eye and just as equally filled the space with laughter as they promised each other a life of adventures big and small and gratitude for the joy and fulfillment they have found together.
And in a moment, they were husband and wife.
I couldn’t contain all of this beauty in just one post, so come back next week for all of the amazing reception details and beautiful portraits.
After a morning of getting ready with family, the scene was finally set for Emily and Dylan’s wedding ceremony at Jamaica Plain Pond.
I always hope every bride and groom can get to this level of supreme happiness at the thought of spending their lives together. They were so elated looking at each other that everyone else just seemed to disappear.
Sisters and best friends.
How special that Emily and Dylan were able to continue that circle on their wedding day.
Of course, we had to go back to the arboretum for these magical portraits. The light was just right and these two couldn’t have looked more beautiful as newlyweds.
My favorite part about them is how they just couldn’t stop laughing.
Next, we were off to the FIreplace in Brookline, for the delicious and festive reception.
It was a night filled with toasts from family and friends. Each one added detail and depth as they told and retold the special story of Emily and Dylan’s early relationship. Emily and Dylan found each other in the early days of the internet when blogs were a rare and small network. Emily and Dylan came to know each other over across state lines and age differences on this now defunct website in such a special and intellectual way through their writing.
When they started talking on the phone for hours on end, neither thought the other was romantically interested, even though the calls lasting until 2:00 AM and their friends consistent eye rolling suggested otherwise.
Emily’s father shared how he felt when Emily asked if this man she had been talking to on the internet could come and visit. However, in an amazing show of parental support, they allowed Dylan to come to California and stay at their house. Everyone reiterated that as soon as they met him, all of their fears were allayed and they knew that this was a really special man and partner for Emily.
From every side, each person emphasized how perfect of a match this pair truly became. They are more themselves with each other: happier, more confident, independent, curious, and courageous together than apart. It’s hard to imagine what more you could hope for the ones you love the best.
This couple certainly seems like they are made to last. Congratulations, Emily and Dylan! I wish you so many happy years together.