We worked together at a restaurant while we were in college. I met Sam my first day on the job and we clicked immediately. I would always cross my fingers when looking at the schedule, hoping that we would have a couple of shifts together. Turns out he did the same! We quickly became close friends and started dating a few months later.
We were vacationing with my family on the Virgin Islands over New Years 2017. One day towards the end of the trip he asked me if I wanted to go for a walk down the beach around sunset. We ended up walking to a secluded bay and spent some time talking and exploring. Finally, just after sunset (that magical time when twilight starts to kick in), he pulled out a little notebook and read me a poem he’d written, which ended with him on one knee asking: “will you marry me?” We actually ended up incorporating parts of the poem into our vows and little details from it into our wedding!
Afterward, my family surprised us with champagne and took us out to dinner to celebrate.
We handmade our invitations. I bought handmade paper on Etsy, made the design myself on photoshop/illustrator, printed the 3-piece suit out at home, wax sealed them and used vintage stamps on the envelopes! For our seating chart, I made little flags with our guest’s names/table number and had them placed in a glass of champagne for guest’s to grab on their way into the reception. We handmade our photo booth backdrop using a bunch of old book pages. We also created a video to be played during dinner, it consisted of a bunch of videos we’d taken over the years from various trips. Our favors were probably our most personal detail, they were wax sealed scrolls of short stories we wrote (see above).
Sam and I planned our wedding together for over 9 months and really focused on creating a wedding that reflected us as a couple. We wanted to incorporate elements of romance & playfulness while working within the season of Fall. We wanted to incorporate some fall elements without going too over-the-top with the fall theme. We decided to combine several different looks/feels to accomplish this. We landed on a ceremony venue that was historical, romantic, and intimate. Our reception venue is actually a coffee shop during the week and a church on the weekends. It’s an open brick-walled industrial space that we transformed with moody flowers, string lights, and lots of candles. We also incorporated a bunch of fun/playful DIY elements, such as a book-page photo booth backdrop, mini pumpkins, wooden leaves, and wax-sealed scrolls.
Definitely seeing Sam for the first time at the end of the aisle! We decided not to do the first look and I’m really glad we didn’t. That moment was so authentic and emotional for both of us. Also, standing in front of everyone hearing/reading our vows (which we wrote), they ended up matching in several parts which was really special.
We really wanted to transform our reception space (which is a coffee shop/church), so we splurged on rentals, flowers, and decor items. Photography/videography was also really important to us so we splurged on that as well!