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Backyard Weddings: Liz & Alex | Private Residence, MA

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{Featured in Vol. 27}

Photographer:  Michele Ashley

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero//Hair Stylist: Cut-Splice//Bakery: Finesse Pastries//Makeup Artist: Flawless Makeup Co. //DJ:Gorham Productions//Submitted via Two Bright Lights


How/where/when did he propose?
Alex proposed on a tiny dead-end street in Paris in August of 2015. I had mentioned that having previously gone to Paris with my college girlfriends, one of my favorite places in the entire city was the neighborhood of Montmartre- most specifically the view from Sacré-Coeur at sunset. Alex figured it would be the perfect place to propose, yet didn’t realize that it was a HUGE tourist spot (he thought it would just be the two of us). When we got there, he had a bit of an internal freak-out which resulted in us walking around the neighborhood for over an hour, looking for “the perfect spot to see the city” aka the best secluded spot to prepose. Finally, after telling him that we had one final street to try because I was starving, we ended up on Villa Léandre… the most romantic street on the planet, where Alex got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him
Describe your wedding invitations (and include where they were made).
Our wedding initiations were exactly what I had envisioned! I wanted something soft, with a watercolor-feel. I stumbled upon this design and fell in love with them because they were blue (our color), watercolor-like and brought in the theme of “lights” that we have echoed throughout our design. It was the perfect combination of everything that we imagined. We found them on Zazzle.com
What was your vision/style/theme/color scheme for the wedding?
Our vision for the wedding was all about being under the stars and lights… we wanted our space to be soft and romantic with a nod to Paris as the City of Light (La Ville Lumière). We wanted a clear tent so that everyone could dance under the stars, and it was really important to us that the space was filled with white string lights to illuminate the backyard. Our family worked together to string bistro lights across the pool, and hand-strung every single light and piece of fabric ourselves. We were dedicated to making our wedding as personal as possible, and spent the entire year creating our masterpiece! Our color palette was a mix of navy, white and gold.
How did you choose your ceremony/reception location?
We started looking at venues around the Boston area and found that because we were having such a big wedding, it was very difficult to find something that would both fit the number of people that we had in mind and fit with our vision of our day. Alex’s parents offered up their home and we were so excited to have our wedding in such a special, personal place.
What types of flowers were used throughout the wedding?
My bouquet was made up of garden roses, lavender, astilbe, delphinium, dusty miller, sweet pea and tulips. -Our centerpieces were two different designs: on the round tables, there were hydrangeas and on the rectangular tables there were sweet peas, hydrangeas and lavender. -We had a hanging flower display of white tulips and roses above the buffet and bar (almost looking like they were floating) during the reception. There were hydrangeas and lavender throughout the reception area as well. -The bridesmaid’s bouquets as well as the groomsmen’s boutonnieres were made up of astilbe and lavender. Alex’s boutonniere was lavender, astilbe and a tulip
Describe the ceremony and what made it special. (How many guests did you have?)
We had 177 people in Alex’s parents front and backyards. The ceremony was held in the front yard, and we stood under the arbor that Alex’s uncle built for us. Our friend Mike officiated the ceremony and made our quick ceremony so special by sharing our story, offering wisdom and making us laugh. The ceremony was by far one of our favorite parts of the whole day. Alex loved that he could watch the bridal party (and me!) come down the aisle from his vantage point at the head of the ceremony. We wrote our own vows, which was my favorite part because it was such an emotional moment for us. Our ring bearer was Max, a little boy who I have babysat since he was born… he is so important to us and it was one of the things that I had envisioned from the very beginning. He did such a great job and had a blast at the reception, too! Our ceremony was quick, full of emotion and laughter… absolute perfection!
Describe your reception and what made it special. (What was the cake flavor?)
The reception was held in Alex’s parent’s backyard. We had a hand in every single thing that was present at our wedding, from the ribbons on the chairs at the ceremony to the pillows on the bench of our sweetheart table. We perused yard sales and thrift stores for furniture, picture frames, vases, etc. to find the most amazing pieces. Liz’s mom’s catering company did the cooking, Alex’s uncle built our arbor for us, our friends made one of the lawn games, and we brought everything together design-wise in the week leading up to the big day with the help of our family and friends. There were dozens of personal details that had been thought of and planned in the year of planning and we are so happy that our vision came to life. The cake was a family favorite- Italian cream cake, topped with blackberries.
What advice do you have for future brides?
My advice to future brides is to give yourself enough time to plan, to figure out with your partner what is your most important things, and find a way to compromise with your family and with each other. Finding a way to make everyone happy is almost impossible, but at the end of the day, a wedding is about bringing two families together.
What was your favorite moment of the wedding?
There were so many… from the first look and taking pictures with our family and bridal party prior to the ceremony, to saying our vows, to dancing the night away on the dance floor, every moment was amazing. We can both agree that taking a minute to stand back at the top of the hill overlooking the tent and just taking it all in is at the top of the list; it was brief but we were able to take a breathe, be together and look out at the most important people in our lives enjoying themselves. We had worked so hard to make it a magical day and in that moment we realized just how perfect it was… all the hard work was worth it in the end.

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