Saphire Estate Wedding, Sharon MA: Casey and Colby

What lead you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends location etc?

 It was very important to us to have the wedding local for most guests. I grew up in Canton and most of my family and friends still live in the area. Most of the guests did not have to travel far and weren’t obligated to get a hotel room or spend their whole weekend away. It was also important to the both of us to get married in a church because that’s how we both always pictured our wedding.

What were you most excited about before the wedding?

We were obviously very excited to get married but we were both really looking forward to the party after! We knew celebrating with all of our friends and family at the reception would be a blast! Also, I was so excited about finally wearing my dress and Colby getting to see me in it!

Did anything surprise you?

I was surprised I didn’t cry! I always tear up and cry at other people’s wedding so I was fully expecting to ball my eyes out at my own. Instead, I was just so happy all day!

Which images did you love the most?

Colby loves the formal pictures of just me in my wedding dress and the picture of us where he is holding my dress up as we are walking in the woods. I love the candid photos like walking down the stairs to meet my dad, Colby and I hugging outside of the church where you can see my long veil, him kissing my hand as we are sitting on a bench, feeding each other cake, and my dad and I dancing with my mom and grandparents in the background. I could go on and on!

Any advice for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?

Pick what is important to you and just go for it, even if you have to splurge a little. We decided that the photographer and the DJ were the most important to us so we made sure we picked the right vendors for us. Our plan worked perfectly; our DJ provided an awesome party and we couldn’t be happier with our photos!

Fruitlands Museum Wedding, Harvard MA: Sarah and Jonny

– What lead you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends location etc?
We first met in high school (although we didn’t start dating until years later), so our relationship has very much been rooted in the area we both call “home.” St. John’s was the church that Sarah grew up attending, so it was very important to her family that the ceremony takes place there. As for location, we knew we wanted an outdoor, space with great views of the beautiful landscape in the area. When we initially visited Fruitlands we instantly fell in love with the layout, the view, all of it. We could instantly see our friends and family at this venue and, of course, we were hopeful for a gorgeous sunset (which we got). Our vision for our wedding day was to have our closest family and friends together for a “backyard” style reception — we wanted everyone feeling relaxed, well-fed, and ready to celebrate!  Fruitlands was perfect for this with that outdoor area for Cocktail Hour where we had giant jenga and cornhole.
– What were you most excited about before the wedding?
Aside from the whole “being with each other forever” aspect of the wedding – which is great and all – but having all of our friends and family together in one place, having a great time. We went to high school with the vast majority of friends that we invited to the wedding. So our wedding also double as a mini high school reunion, which was fantastic. Additionally, the food provided by the catering service at Fruitlands, Fireside Catering, was a big hit.
– Did anything happened that you were’t expecting?
We don’t really think so. I suppose we didn’t really expect to hop in a bright blue BMW halfway through the reception and drive down the road to go to that overlook spot for sunset pictures. Which was great. Other than that, we can’t really think of anything.
– Which images did you love the most?
If we can say “all of them” then we’re going to say “all of them” – each picture was special in its own way. There were some great pictures that captured specific emotional moments such as Sarah’s parents seeing Sarah for the first time, the first look between us, and many more. The sunset pictures came out phenomenally. The pictures taken before guests arrived at the reception look great. Then there were some pictures that, when we scrolled to it during our first pass together, had us both nearly in tears with laughter.
– When you look back, would you have changed anything?
We wish that there were photos or video captured of the bus ride from the reception to the after party! The school bus didn’t have a radio, so our friends led “live karaoke” and the entire bus did impressive renditions of Bohemian Rhapsody, Mr. Brightside, Stacy’s Mom, etc. Other than that, we probably wish we could have been able to eat more of the hors d’oeuvres

Wedding at Moraine Farm, Beverly MA – Alison and Dan

What lead you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends location etc?
We knew our wedding would be on the bigger side just because we both have larger families, and since we met after school, we both have our own full friend groups! Beyond that, we knew early on a few priorities. We wanted it to have a ‘cocktail party’ feel, with no formal seating charts to make sure everyone could get up and mingle or eat or dance whenever they wanted – we had been at a few weddings where we felt trapped in our tables, and definitely didn’t want anyone to be in that position. We also knew the band would be a big priority – music and dancing together has been part of our relationship literally since the day we met, so that was important! Location was a little bit trickier for us – we wanted to be sure we were in, or close to, a more urban area because we didn’t want people to be stuck without transportation or things to do the rest of the weekend, but we also love the outdoors and wanted somewhere with a nature-y component. The venue we found ended up being a perfect middle ground, and we knew we found it as soon as we saw it!
What were you most excited about before the wedding?
The music, the dancing, and the food : ) Plus getting to see so many people we love all in one place! Dan’s friends and family are more centrally located around New England, so we’re lucky to see them a lot, but I (Ali) grew up outside Washington DC and went to school in California, and have friends and family spread out all over the country, so this was such an amazing chance to get everyone together!
Did anything happened that you weren’t expecting?
We had some unexpected weather obstacles! There were major storm systems all up and down the east coast that weekend, and we had a lot of people with cancelled or rescheduled flights – my grandma ended up stuck at the airport in Florida for 10 hours! A few people did unfortunately end up not being able to make it as a result, but a number of people really went above and beyond to rearrange things and be there. It also ended up giving us some day-of stress, because the storms hit the towns around our venue that morning – we pretty quickly just made our peace with the fact that we would have to switch to our under-cover plan B, but then had the ultimate luck when the weather cleared just before the ceremony, giving us an absolutely beautiful day! Beyond those logistics, I honestly think most things went according to plan – but I also have no idea if people were hiding the chaos from us, in which case, well played : ) 
Which images did you love the most?
Oh my gosh too many to choose!! Our first look was so special, and the pictures absolutely captured it – and then the candids from the dance floor were just perfect, SO much fun! We loved how all the pictures conveyed the whole atmosphere of the day in the most natural way, and haven’t stopped looking at them since we got them : )
Any advise for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?
Don’t stress about the details!!! There are so many decisions that need to be made, you end up getting sucked into the small stuff that you might never otherwise have cared about, but on the day, you’ll be taking it all in and thinking about how beautiful everything is, and I can promise you that you won’t be thinking “Hm if only those centerpieces were a little different…”  Put the planning in and work with vendors that you trust, but in the end don’t be afraid to let some stuff go – it’s your wedding day, and that’s all you need for it to be amazing! Also try to build in time to greet people and such – whether that’s some sort of welcome reception the night before (which we did, worked out really well), or being really efficient with cocktail hour – so that you can dive in and enjoy the reception after!