Seattle Wedding: Meredith-Gray and Eric

I have know Meredith-Gray for a decade. She and I met via the band Jump Little Children and have stayed in touch ever since. She is an incredible hair artist and I make it a point to see her whenever we are in the area. Eric is an extremely smart and kind person, and we finally got to meet him a couple years ago when we were passing through Seattle. We had been looking forward to meeting him since we heard he was in the picture, the two having met the very first day Meredith-Gray was in Seattle after her cross-country move. You should probably go and read their love story right now since its adorbs.

On their wedding day, the two of them got ready at their home, Meredith-Gray even doing Eric’s hair. We had a few moments of sunshine and were able to grab a few portraits of them before we headed to the loft for the ceremony and reception. They had a private ceremony before walking down the aisle together to have a public ceremony on a stage in front of their family and friends. Afterwards we went out into the Seattle rain, for more portraits and heartfelt hugs. At the reception, guests dined from a local food truck and then toasted the night away, showering them with love and adoration.

I am so glad we were the people they chose to have by their side that day, to capture the love between them that fleeting moment in time. It was the absolute perfect finale to our 2015 wedding season. Can we go back to this day again?

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Venue: Georgetown Stables  |   Florist: Succulently Urban  |  Catering: Jemil’s Big Easy

Cake: Kara’s Cakes  |  Hair: Jane/Pinup Salon  |  DJ: Emmett Davenport

Life Lately List: March 3, 2016

Happy March you guys!!! I feel like this winter is FLYING by. Its been really mild here in the Outer Banks and we have been really getting things done here at the trailer. I think we are only a few weeks away from it really being finished. The crazy part is that other than a few larger tasks, we are actually at the decorating part! I ordered a lot of family photos at our printer today to make the place more personal. It’s kinda crazy how long Ive waited for this stage of the process. So so fun.

Other than working on the trailer like crazies this past month here are a few other things that happened:

  • We went to Raleigh and got to hang out with my Sister and Brother-In-Law. I love when I get to see them, which is oddly not that often since they are uber busy working at The Escapist. <— cool eh?
  • We booked tickets to NORWAY for three weeks. Yes. Know anyone who wants photos in those parts?
  • My parents had to put on of our childhood pets to sleep. Love and miss you Jenkins. You were so sweet. <3
  • Speaking of four legged family members, Hattie killed it with cuteness all month. Is it possible to love her more and more every single second?
  • We’ve been going to the YMCA here consistantly, trying to get fit. One of the ways is swimming! Its been a long time since High School Swim team and I have a lot of relearning to do but its been fun.
  • My grandpa had heart surgery, which was terrifying to think about BUT everything went smoothly. Its amazing what modern medicine can do. Truly.

Heres to MARCH!

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Meet our Couples: John and Michael

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First Names: John and Mike
Current Hometown: Randolph MA
Occupations: teacher and business manager

Wedding Date: March 13th 2016
Location: Community Ice Skating at Kendall Sq.
Vibe you are going for:  Simple, Rustic, Natural, Non-traditional, Casual

Let’s hear your love story!

John and I lived across the street from each other in Somerville, and every time we noticed each other, John Pyne would flash that damn smile of his. He always seemed so happy and charming and so… handsome. Though we had actually never spoken to each other beyond “hello”, I found myself thinking of him a lot. Where is he from? California? What is his name? Bruce? Is Bruce single? I was nervous he would have no interest in me, you know, as a guy.
So in the end, I decided to write him a letter, and pin it under the windshield wiper of his blue Ford Explorer. It basically said Hello, I’m the guy across the street who you keep smiling at, and I’d like to meet you. That night, I went outside to sit on the front porch and he was sitting on his front porch, right across the street. we kind of laughed and I came over to introduce myself. We lived right next to a small park, so we sat down at the picnic table and talked. We had a lot in common, and he seemed like an honest, genuine guy. We decided to have breakfast the next morning at my place, and the rest is history.

What’s your favorite thing to do on any given Saturday together? Home improvement/ garden projects, or house parties!

What is one trait that you love about in your fiancé?
John is the kindest man I know.
Michael’s BAKING. Seriously, no joke. it’s good

Tell us your engagement story.

John gave me a card that told me to go to Finale, a dessert bar in Harvard square where we had our first official date. I thought we were having a date night. At Finale the bartender gave me an envelope, and the card inside said to go Market Basket for a cantaloupe… When John and I first met, it was a balmy July and in the mornings before we got ready for work, John would come across the street with a french press of hot coffee, and I would have a fresh melon cut up and chilled, ready to go. We made a point to try any variety of melon we could get our hands on.
And so I went to the Market Basket around the corner from where we lived when we first met..and headed for the cantaloupes. Now, here I was very confused (and people around me probably thought I was crazy) because I was turning over EVERY melon looking for a card, excavating mounds of melons, spending a LOT of time at the melons…until I finally looked up, and between the two signs that read “Cantaloupe” and “Honey Dew” there was an envelope that said “Michael”. This card told me to go to the park near our old apartments, the park where we first sat down and talked. When I got there, John was sitting on the picnic table we sat at. He didn’t get down on one knee, instead we sat together at the picnic table and he said, this wasn’t about today, this is about the rest of our lives. And he opened a small box, and he asked me if I would marry him.

How did you decide where you wanted to get married? We love the I idea of gathering our closest friends and family for an evening ice skating party. And we love that the rink supports the casual elopement environment we’re aiming for. People can catch the moment, have a champagne toast, help themselves to desserts, hot coco and coffee, and go for a skate. Throw in some music, sparklers, late night pizzas delivered from Za, and a victory lap around the rink on the Zamboni with a “Just Married” sign and giant cans off the back…pure magic.

What has been your favorite part of wedding planning? Crushing the whole team work thing, oh and picking out our wedding rings: simple rose gold bands.

What’s one “genius moment” you had while planning your wedding that was a game changer for you? Honestly, mentally shifting from “wedding” to “elopement” took a LOT of pressure off the whole thing. We really wanted something that felt casual and genuine, and we love that “spur of the moment” feeling it gives.

What do you look forward to the most about being married? Mike has good dental insurance, ha, but seriously. Just that beautiful old romantic notion of spending the rest of our lives together.

Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston Wedding: Sara and Dave

One of the most fun parts of being a wedding photographer is being able to meet and get to know so many people who we genuinely fall for! Sara and Dave are two of those people that we are so so thankful to have met and gotten to know. We knew their wedding was going to be unforgettable, one of those weddings that makes us pinch ourselves when we remember just how magical it really was to be there.

Sara and Dave are madly crazily wildly in love. Their wedding was big and fun and sparkly and glamorous and all the wonderful things a wedding can be, but its important to note that their love never got lost in the details of the day. The orchid bouquet, red lipstick, and diamond drop earrings had Sara looking fiiiiiiiine. Tuxedos for all the menfolk and evening gowns on the ladies made for a black tie event. Gold and Clementine colors sparkled in the reception, which was decorated to the nines. We were overwhelmed with the glitz and glamour!

 One of my favorite moments of the day was actually at the very end of the reception. The guests formed a circle around Sara and Dave spontaneously, and they danced in the center of the circle to a romantic epic song, surrounded by the people they love most in the world. It wasn’t staged or set up. It was just one of those perfect wedding moments that we live for.

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Ceremony: St. Brigid’s Parish  |  Reception: Fairmont Copley Plaza

Gown: Vows  |  Florist: Flour(-e)r  |  Cake: Cakes to Remember

Makeup: Torri Arquette  |  Band: Bearfight Live  |  Videography: SH Videography

Vendor Spotlight: Watershed Floral

Flowers!!! Yay!!! Today you get to internet-meet one of my friends here in Maine, Sarah of Watershed Floral! (Am I using enough exclamation points for you today? Clearly Im excited about this). I met Sarah in 2014 and I immediately liked her. She’s warm and has an incredible smile. That kind of smile that just makes you feel like you’re already connecting, even before you’ve spoken. We both went to college in Western NC coincidentally so I also felt a kinship… a thankfulness for the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Please enjoy a little conversation with Sarah.


 

Photo by Heather Payne Photography First lets start with a little bit about you. Tell us what brought you to where you are now in terms of owning this lovely business. Watershed Floral grew from many years working at Kennebec Flower Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine. Customers would comment on the bouquets I made for the farmers’ market and started asking if I did arrangements for weddings. At first, I said no. I worked full time as a teacher and the thought of being in charge of the flowers for someone’s big day seemed overwhelming. But then my friends started getting married, and I was the go to flower gal. I grew my skills and my confidence and after a few years decided to launch Watershed Floral. It grew slowly at first. I kept my teaching job and only did events during summer vacation. Three and a half years ago I left teaching to focus on flowers. It’s been an exciting (and sometimes scary) adventure!

Whats the story behind the name “Watershed Floral”? I wanted a name that reflects my commitment to local. When I started my business, the local flower movement wasn’t even a thing yet, but I had a feeling it was coming. And it has. But regardless of trends, community is at the core of who I am and how I live, so it made sense for my business name to embody this. When I came to the word watershed, the dual meaning spoke to me, and I knew I had my business name.

The blurb from my website sums it up nicely: “A watershed is a turning point, a moment that defines all of the moments to follow. Your special event, no matter the occasion, signifies a shift, a change worthy of celebration. Watershed Floral arrangements provide a unique way to honor your life’s defining moments. A watershed is also a close geographic area. To live within a watershed is to live locally, mindful of one’s neighbors as well as the land upon which we all depend. Watershed flowers are planted, nourished, and harvested on small farms in southern Maine by farmers committed to sustainable agricultural practices. With Watershed Floral you’ll know that your blossoms are beautiful inside and out, lovely and elegant to the eye and supportive of families and a way of life that are sustaining our world.”

If you can do whatever you want at a wedding, what do you tend to create as far as look and feel? My own style is loose, earthy, and reflective of season. Luckily most of the couples who choose to work with me are looking for this aesthetic. I love when a couple has the vision and budget to focus on florals for details such as escort card display, chair backs, place settings, etc. While I love all the floral work that goes into a wedding, it’s really fun for me to work on something beyond personal flowers and centerpieces.

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Of course I have to ask, what are some of your personal favorite flowers? Depends a lot on the season. From May – October, my favorite flower often changes from one week to the next. In general, I love peonies, dahlias, zinnias, delphinium, stock, and lisianthus. And greenery! Love greenery! Blossoming branches also get me. I really could go on and on. It’s like picking a favorite child. Impossible!

Is there something that all brides overlook and you’d love for them to consider? Cost. And how much of that cost is labor. Especially for couples who have a very specific vision and want to work with a professional who will be able to execute it. I love wedding blogs and am a big fan of Pinterest, but both have given brides and grooms to be a sense of endless floral possibilities without any price tags. I once saw an article that broke down the cost of a centerpiece featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, which I thought was genius and should be a must read for every newly engaged individual. Can’t remember where I saw it though!

I also think most brides overlook how little they’re going to want/be able to do in the days leading up to and day of the wedding. While I understand that the majority of people are working within a budget, I think trying to be realistic about what you’ll be able to DIY is very important. Either scale back the vision or spend a little more money so that you (and your guests) can truly relax and have a good time.

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What’s a good resource when planning in-season flowers? A farmer in the area where you’re getting married. Or a florist who specializes in using locally grown flowers. The key is talking to someone who knows the growing seasons of the area where you’re getting married. There are so many seasonal flower guides out there, but season is very different in California than it is in Maine. And most people don’t think about that. If you are planning a wedding in Maine, please, please, please do not follow any sort of seasonal flower guide out there. You may get close to what will actually be available here but could also be setting yourself up for disappointment. I honestly wish the ‘one size fits all’ seasonal flower guides would go away. They need to be organized by region (or even by state) instead.

Why do you think that investing in a great florist is worth the time money and effort, versus say, buying some flowers at the grocery store and putting them in vases? If the look of your wedding really matters to you, then hiring a pro is worth the investment. If you’re getting flowers because you’ve been told that you should and don’t care what they look like, then any flowers will do. I’m of the opinion that there’s no right way to get married. Your wedding is one of the most intimate, personal things you will ever do. It should reflect you and your beloved. That’s all. And if the floral decor is an important part of expressing who you are, the commitment you’re making, and the celebration that will mark this important occasion, then hire a pro and put your trust in that person. Nothing (other than love) is a must have on your wedding day. So if grocery store flowers are your jam, go for it!


The images in order of appearance are thanks these lovely ladies:

Heather Payne Photography   |   Emily Delamater   |   Anne Skidmore Photography

AND…. be sure to head over to Watershed Floral and see more from Sarah.

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