We met about 8 years ago in Small Point Beach, Maine – a small fishing town on the coast. He was working there for the Summer and I was just passing through for the weekend to see a friend and explore the area. We first met each other when he was my waiter at the local lobster house that I stopped at for lunch on my way to the house I was staying in. He is a total heart-throb and terribly charming, so I was immediately drawn to him! Later that afternoon, I was settling in at my friend’s house by unpacking my bag on the spare twin bed in the loft when Rob walked into the room – apparently his bed was the other twin in the room! We spent the next three days together exploring the seaside town and hanging out. We were captivated with each other and it just felt so easy. We learned that we were both from the same town in Salt Lake City and that we grew up doing many of the same things. When it came time for my weekend trip to end, we said goodbye but knew it wouldn’t be for long. We both knew that we had stumbled onto something special.
The most important thing is that we wanted our wedding day to be stress-free, intimate, natural, in the mountains, authentic to us, and tons of fun for our guests! We also never liked the idea of a processional or performing an overdone ritual that wasn’t meaningful or created by us. So, we planned our ceremony to be a bit more organic and intimate. We nixed the processional, aisle and chairs, mic and sound system, and wedding party, and instead invited our family to encircle us in a private mountain meadow. Our friend who is a spiritual guide and energy worker by trade officiated our ceremony and blessed our union. We wrote our vows together in a blank leather book I found in a bookstore that has the tree of life imprinted on the cover. That inspired us to fill the remaining empty pages with our stories that we’ll create together throughout our life and marriage. We hope that it becomes a family heirloom. When planning our family dinner celebration, we wanted to create the experience of an intimate dinner party on a large scale with long tables, family-style serving, and a decadent seasonal menu. Instead of a traditional multi-tier cake, we wanted variety, so my mom sourced cakes and pies from local bakeries. Our good friend is a pastry chef and she made our ceremonial cake for us. It was lavender and cardamom flavored! And of course, all good dinner parties have great music and a place to rest between dancing. So, we hired a local band that we often listen to when we go to the bar. They were so much fun and really got people dancing! For the non-dancers, we offered a beautifully designed lounge with deep seats and pillows posted in front of the lodge fireplace to create an at-home vibe. The combination was perfect!
– Brianne + Rob
Advice to future brides planning?
I would advise future brides to make sure to be true to yourself throughout the process. It’s very easy to get caught up in details and to conform to what others expect your experience to be like. Figure out what will make your day truly special for you and your partner, and focus on that. Ultimately, you are marrying your love – nothing else matters!