Rachel: “It is classic. The colors on Caleb’s uniform pop against my white wedding dress as we appear to be focused on each other and lost in the moment of a romantic kiss. In reality it felt funny to strike this pose and I was on the verge of becoming a giggling mess.”

 

Caleb: “It’s my favorite because it includes the whole wedding party. We were a lively group, close friends and family.”

 

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We’re back from the long weekend with a wedding full of vintage Hollywood glamour, garden elegance, and the always striking appearance of a groom in uniform. Read on for the details from Rachel and Caleb’s romantic Washington wedding!

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The Ceremony

“We had a traditional Christian wedding service, but I don’t actually remember most of the actual ceremony (readings, etc.),” laughs Rachel. “I was carried away in my husband’s eyes, too busy smiling like a goon to do anything other than remember the important parts.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Magical, Classic, Playful

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The vibrancy of everything, my Dad, my husband, my bridesmaids and groomsmen, all our family and friends, the place, it was all alive and full of joy!

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It was nothing like I expected it to be. If that happens to another bride, just wait for it –  the unexpected is the most enjoyable.

 

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The Reception

“Our wedding was a crazy, time crunched event, but turned out to be a lot of fun for everyone, and a reunion with friends that my husband and I had not seen in years. We had a five-day wedding affair complete with white water rafting, a rehearsal dinner by the bay, a brewery visit, karaoke, and lots of family and friend arrivals. I had recently ended my active duty contract as a U.S. Marine and moved to Washington to be with family to plan the wedding. My soon-to-be husband was deployed overseas for the entire planning process, arriving on U.S. soil a month and some change before we were to wed. By the time the big day rolled around, we were ready to jumpstart our life together. It was a ludicrous wedding week and a magical day.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The location was naturally beautiful! Like something right out of a dream. It had two fields, trees, a garden, pond and lodge, plenty of space for kids to roam and perfect photo opportunities. It was everything we could ever hope for in a wedding venue.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Classic Hollywood glamour style was the biggest inspiration. There is a richness in this particular style and it shaped the wedding: an outdoor ceremony with elegant bridal party looking like they were attending a classic garden party.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Even though my hairstylist and makeup artists were several hours late, getting to see my mother, mother-in-law, sisters and bridesmaids transformed into glamour covergirls was unforgettable. But my favorite moment was walking with my dad down the small, dirt pathway to the bridge with my handsome groom standing just on the other side.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We had a lot of help with the details and decorations. My Aunt Mary made Mrs. and Mrs. plaques for our sweetheart table and gifted us a pair of forks from her wedding. My Grandma gifted a set of golden candlesticks from my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary (we got married on their 65th anniversary). My mother gifted me earrings and a necklace from my Granny who had passed away; the jewelry was put into my bouquet along with a gold broach from my Aunt Mary. We were very blessed to have so many wonderful details given to us that day.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Get married on a week day! Our costs were cut nearly in half by executing our wedding on a Thursday. Our DJ, the amazing Chris Graves, was $2000 instead of the $4000 he charges for a weekend. Our Venue, Beau Lodge, was upwards of $2000 for a weekend, and significantly less on Thursday.

First Dance Song: “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge.

 

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  • Beau Lodge Wedding by Orange Photographie

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    Rachel: “So many to choose from! I think my favorites are the ones where we’re just looking at each other. There was a lot going on, but when I looked at Tim, everything felt calmer. It felt right. Helena and Laurent did a fabulous job of capturing those moments—and in the most incredible settings.”

     

    Tim: “I love this picture. The soft lighting and double exposure is as weird as it is beautiful—just like my wife. I love it. ”

     

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    Even though we’re coming upon the last unofficial weekend of summer, I’m not ready to say goodbye to it just yet! Let’s linger a little longer with Rachel and Tim’s DIY camp wedding at YMCA Camp Campbell…

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    With so many guests coming from out of town, Rachel and Tim chose a venue that allowed all of the guests to stay on site. Camp activities like archery and tree climbing set the tone for a playful and unique wedding.

     

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    Rachel’s bouquet was just one of many DIY details from the day: “So many people pitched in that the whole weekend just felt completely filled with love. My aunt and grandma did the flowers. An amazing friend made all the cupcakes. Another sculpted the cake toppers. My grandpa took video. Another grandma helped cover the candles in comic book scenes. An uncle and cousins manned the barbecue for the welcome dinner, and another friend picked up the day-of planner duties. The garlands were made by Tim’s sister, all the triangles and circles on the table were cut by hand by the family. My dad spent hours making these perfect gold circles that we sprinkled on the dessert table, and my mom helped with just about everything else. So as we were walking around during the weekend, we were not only surrounded by our friends and family, but every little detail felt like a present from someone we love. We were smiling the entire weekend.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We had a friend officiate. He was amazing. To help him prepare, we each filled out a questionnaire (provided by another friend and frequent wedding officiant) that covered our backstory, feelings about marriage, and family,” share Rachel and Tim. “We also gave him a list of things that we wanted to include in the ceremony — how happy we were to get married in a state with marriage equality, how California would always be important to us (we recently moved to New York), and a shout out to friends and family that couldn’t be there — but we left it up to him to decide how to weave them in. It was funny and personal and expertly delivered.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Non-traditional, Personal, Outdoorsy.

    Anything else?  We wrote our own vows. We set a word count and both wrote them last minute. We had a good friend read both sets before hand just to make sure that we were on the same page. It worked out! Also, I really wanted a reading, but I couldn’t find a single passage that seemed personal enough. Two days before the ceremony, a good friend asked how we’d feel if she read excerpts from “Oh, the places you’ll go.” It was so awesome. I had been looking for passages about love or family, and instead she gave us this wonderful send off into married life. It was perfect.

    Ceremony music: 
    Processional: Hoppipolla (instrumental) by Sigur Ros.
    Recessional: Here’s to You by Joan Baez

     

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    The Reception

    “We really wanted to find a place where our friends and family could hang out for the weekend,” say Rachel and Tim. “We knew a lot of people would have to fly in to attend, and we wanted to try to get as much time as we could with all of them. (And we secretly hoped they would all become friends.) At some point, the camp counselors started dancing with the guests and the photographers were hanging with my parents. Everyone looked like they were having a good time.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Because the wedding was going to be at a YMCA camp, we researched a lot of camp themes. We looked at a lot of merit badges, neckerchiefs, troop numbers, that sort of thing. We also liked bold colors and strong shapes.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Well, Tim is a big comic book fan, so we wanted to include some things from that world. We settled on creating votive holders decorated with iconic comic book wedding scenes. We also combined our love of science with Tim’s love of candy and filled test tubes with Nerds candies. A friend also sculpted our cake topper, which were modeled after the main characters in the iPad game “Machinarium.” It was a favorite iPad game of ours while we were dating.  //  We also framed photos of our parents and grandparents at their weddings and put them next to our guest books. I really liked seeing the history of our family in weddings. I like that we’re now a part of that history.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The best tradition that was handed down to us was to make the wedding our own and to do what feels right to us.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Some variation on “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Sure, worry about the details before hand, but on the day, step back and just enjoy the people around you.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make spreadsheets. Lots and lots of spreadsheets. And then double check them.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you can put your family to work, DIY is a great way to go. We made a few things ourselves, but we mostly decided what we wanted and then put our parents/grandparents/friends/siblings to work. (They were all anxious to help.)

    First Dance Song: Up on the Roof by The Drifters

     

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    Photography: Helena and Laurent / Venue, Catering: YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, California / Bride’s Dress: Saja / Shoes: Cole Haan / Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groomsmen Attire: H&M / Rentals: Alexis Party Rental / Music: Old Belle / Bartending: Night & Day Productions
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    27 August 2014
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    Newport, Rhode Island was the perfect place for Katie and Aaron to tie the knot: not only is it where they fell in love, it’s also in between their respective home towns in Cape Cod and New Jersey. Plus it’s a beautiful place for a beautiful wedding!

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    The Ceremony

    “We planned the ceremony along with our officiant, John Stratton, who is Aaron’s cousin. We found an amazing resource called The Wedding Ceremony Planner by Judith Johnson that gave us traditional and non-traditional ideas and a solid framework. And we loved incorporating our personal story and personalities into our ceremony.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Open, Personal, Simple.

    Did you include any traditions?  Yes, many old and new traditional elements including a candle lighting to honor Katie’s late father, and Christian ceremony readings.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The moment we heard the words “I now pronounce you man and wife.” And the immediate cheers, applause and shouts of support that followed!

    Ceremony Music:
    Processional: Harvest Moon, by Neil Young
    Brides Entrance: Holocene, by Bon Iver
    Recessional: All You Need is Love, The Beatles

     

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    The Reception

    “The inspiration for our entire wedding came from the profound relationships we have with our family, friends and each other. Our intention was to celebrate the union of our two worlds, by throwing our very first dinner party as a married couple. With an emphasis on the word party! While we are a modern couple, we have deeply rooted heritage and tradition in both sides of our lives, so our wedding combined both modern and traditional romantic elements.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Both of us grew up in beach communities – Katie on the Jersey Shore and Aaron in Cape Cod – so it was important to us to be married in a seaside community. We choose Newport because we took our very first vacation there as a couple and it’s where we first fell in love. And since Newport is located between New Jersey and Cape Cod, it seemed like the perfect place to start our lives together as husband and wife.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding:  The big hits: Champagne served upon guest arrival for the ceremony, a live percussionist that played alongside the DJ, a cigar roller, and late night snacks (chicken and waffles and s’mores!).

    Menu  
    First Course: Butter Lettuce Watercress Salad / Moscatel Poached Peaches with Marcona Almonds, Manchego, Sherry Dressing // Entrees: 10 oz. Pepper Crusted Aged Sirloin with Garlicky French Beans, Watercress-Shallot Salad, Crispy Potatoes Vincotto / Roasted Atlantic Salmon with Stewed Beluga Lentils, Braised Heirloom Carrots, English Peas in Mint Butter, Pea Shoots // Stuffed Eggplant Rollatini with Quinoa, Smoked Tomatoes, Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Pepper Oil // Dessert: Carrot Cake

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take a moment to really look at all the people in the room on your wedding day (including your husband!). Every single person that matters in both of your lives, all there to celebrate your love. Coming together as one happy family – laughing, smiling, dancing and spending time with each other. It was breathtaking.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Que sera! Control what you can control, and let the rest go. The unexpected makes for the best stories. And don’t look at the weather. Ever! You most certainly can’t control that, so close the weather app.

    First Dance Song: Wonderwall, Ryan Adams

     

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    Photography: Erin McGinn / Event Planning: Jubilee Events / Venue: Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island / Floral Design: Greenlion Design / Dress: Mori Lee via RK Bridal / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Clutch: Stewart Weitzman / Suit: Jos A Bank / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Program, Monogram: Jar of Ideas Design / Seating Chart, Table Numbers: The Perfect Table Cape Cod / Invitations: By Invitations Only Designs / Hair, Makeup: Jennie Kay / Cake: Fatulli’s / Transportation: Newport Limousine Service / DJ: Max Baun, C-Zone Entertainment / Guitarist: Chris Phillips / Photobooth: Photobooth Planet / Cigar Rollers: Boston Cigar Factory
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    26 August 2014
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