Molly and I were on the same tennis team in high school, and her mom was my seventh grade science teacher, so when she asked me to be a part of her wedding I was absolutely honored to do so. I heard the story that when Molly was growing up and would drive past this part of the Connecticut River, she would always remark how wonderful it would be to have a wedding there. Her generous, lovely neighbors obliged her and her groom, Steve, this September with the perfect spot for their backyard celebration. I arrived to a flurry of activity with Molly's family putting final touches on their DIY backyard reception set up. Their attention to detail was amazing, and even though there were so many little projects, the overall feeling was the giddy excitement and calm that the Briere's always possess. Molly's infectious giggle was sprinkled through out the whole process, and it was almost cuteness overload whenever her mom or her dad came by to have a chat during hair and make-up. Seriously this family is the definition of cute. They even named their house the Shire!
The table settings were perfected with whimsical flowers by Gloriosa & Co. and painted slate pieces named with meaningful places Molly and Steve had been to in their life together. Karrie Welch worked her magic with makeup and Tina Rigali and team stylized hair to perfection. Steve and his guys got ready at an Air B&B in Sunderland and relaxed watching sports while they figured out how to tie ties.
The ceremony was just a short walk down the road from the Briere household, and the love that gathered there was so lovely to behold. It was a relaxed setting with family and friends standing and sitting watching two happy people share their promises to each other. Molly's aunt was the officiant, and the book she read from was full of family history. Steve's sister and Molly's sister in law gave readings, and of course, lots of tears were shed. Even me! As Molly and Steve proceeded out after their first kiss to Little Women's Orchard House theme, I was over come with emotion. That song always gets me!
Many hugs and kisses were given before we regrouped for family and wedding party photos, before Molly, Steve and I adventured along the banks of the river for their photos. We stopped by one of the waterfalls on their road, and then waltzed our way back to the tent reception for their first dance. I love witnessing weddings that are in places that are so significant to the couple, it makes the day all the more special for memories. Molly's dad, Gary, reflected on the history of the property where Molly and her twin brother Adam were born, which had been the house of Horace Dexter, a state legislator in Massachusetts in the 19th century. How many weddings had been held there in the past? How many children born? It brought an even more profound significance to the day, and though he tried not to cry, Gary did get a little choked up and misty eyed, as I'm sure most of the people in the room were.
Historic Catering provided an amazing spread, and Florence Pie Bar made some fine lookin' pies. All to fuel the epic dancing for the rest of the evening! The Horah was all I could have dreamed it to be. I absolutely love that dance and wish it was at every celebration ever. Steve and his besties were pure crowd pleasers with some epic body throwing, and huddle times. The DJ turned it up afterwards and the floor was never empty, which is always a good time to me to find the movement I so love to capture. Steve and Molly danced the night away under the stars and in the glow of such a happy home. With my second shooter, my wonderful Dan, I was so grateful to have witnessed it. Cheers to an incredibly joyful marriage you two cute, lovely humans!
Hair: Tina Rigali
Makeup Artist: Karrie Welch
Flowers: Gloriosa & Co.
Dessert: Florence Pie Bar
Catering: Historic Catering