Location of Wedding: The Bay Pointe Club
Cake Maker: Vanessa-The Chocolate Rose
DJ: Music on Wheels-Pete and Tammy
First Dance Song: Chris Stapleton-Millionaire
Dress Boutique: Alexandria's Bridal in Fall River
Florist: Mashpee Stop and Shop-Becky
Limo Service: Special Occasion Limousine and Coach
1.) How did you two meet?
We met at work at the YMCA when Adam was 22 and Taylor was 19. We were both lifeguards there when we met.
2.) How did he pop the question?
He invited Taylor's parents to dinner as well as her brother and was meant to do it during the dinner and ice cream outing but Adam got too nervous and popped the question at home in the living room, when we walked in the door. He was even too nervous to get on one knee! But I still happily said yes!
3.) What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
Collectively, our favorite moment from the wedding was when we saw everyone there to celebrate us. Sitting at our table during dinner and looking around watching everyone sharing their love with us and coming out to celebrate our love for each other was truly amazing. Oh and when they said you may kiss the bride!
4.) How long have you been together?
We have been together for 5 years and have known each other for 6.
5.) How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
It was absolutely amazing! Things could not have gone smoother. The day was absolutely beautiful and all the vendors did a spectacular job! We are both pretty laid back people so even the planning process really wasn't much stress.
6.) What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?
Take your time and don't worry about the small stuff. We imagined a wedding that was a reflection of who we are as a couple and as individuals and we really wanted to show that. Also take your time talking to vendors and finding a reception hall because they really play a huge role in how the wedding plays out and you want all the vendors to fit in to what you are imagining for the wedding day but really enjoy the process because it goes by so fast!
7.) What photography-related advice would you offer to a couple?
If you are looking for a certain vibe in the pictures find a photographer who fits that because they are the ones that are going to provide the memories for all the moments that you missed running around and enjoying yourself because you are not going to be able to see everything and be everywhere so having a photographer that can capture those moments is super amazing.
8.) Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?
I went to Alexandria's Bridal Boutique and it was so easy! They sit down with you and go over styles of dresses that you like and pictures you may have saved. They have such a large collection it would be super overwhelming to explore the store on your own! After talking price point and vision they hand pick dresses that they believe you may like and let me tell you they did an amazing job! I only tried on 3 dresses before picking "the one" and I knew it was the ONE because it just gave me a feeling in my stomach that just screamed YESS! and not to mention my cousin, friend, mom, nana, and sister in law all cried as soon as I walked out! If that wasn't a sign I don't know what is!
9.) How was your experience taking photos/working with me on your wedding day?
It was so easy and exactly how we wanted it just like our engagement session! You gave us directions on how to stand and what to do that took the guessing game out of wondering if we looked okay! Not to mention you are so easy going, just like us and make everyone smile and have great ideas for pictures. Your visions for places to take pictures and which pictures to capture was exactly what we were looking for!
10.) Did you see each other before the wedding? If not, did you like waiting or would you have rather done it differently? Tell me why or why not!
We did not! I kicked Adam out of the house after the rehearsal dinner the night before so that we did not see each other the day of the wedding at all! I wanted the first time we see each other to be the moment I saw him at the end of the isle waiting for me and for him to see me as I walk towards him to spend the rest of our lives together! And it made the moment so breathtaking!
11.) Any tips on how to prepare for the wedding photos?
Just relax and trust your photographer. We were so thankful to pick a photographer that was simply amazing. We felt relaxed and at ease during the photo shoots and didn't have to worry about anything. Trusting in the abilities of the photographer and trusting in your abilities to pick the photographer that fits with what you want is important.
12.) Any tips that you have about preparing your wedding party for the photos? What did you tell them, how did you get them to cooperate, what did you do or what would you have done differently?
We didn't prepare them at all and I would say it went very smooth! We have a crowd that is a lot of fun and a lot of different personalities and that was showcased in the photos!
13.) Any tips on what to bring?
Clothes to change in to and a change of shoes!
14.) We love to hear about vendors you love. List any vendors here and feel free to share your experience. Be sure to include the name of the vendor, their profession, city/state, site or Facebook page and how your experience was!
DJ: Music on Wheels, New Bedford Ma- Pete and Tammy were so easy to plan music and to pick songs! They send out a contract with every detail on it that can help you plan out how you want to reception and then Tammy calls and you discuss the form in greater detail and to give advise based on her expertise on how things should go and songs to pick if you are struggling. It was really so easy to work with them and they had everybody on the dance floor the entire night! Their website is http://www.musiconwheels.us/
Cake: The Chocolate Rose, Mashpee Ma- Vanessa is the owner and who we had or cake and dessert table done by! She was so incredible! She sat down with me for over and an during the tasting and we discussed the vision, color scheme, other vendors, she basically covered every detail so that the cake fit in with the style and theme that you are going for. Not to mention the desserts were fantastic and everyone loved them! He website is www.chocolaterosecakes.com
Photo booth: Funfotos2go-Kathy is the owner of the shop and has a lot of different options for photo booths! We chose to go with the Mirror Booth, which is a full length mirror and so cool! Everyone loved it! Kathy has several different options for back drop and picture design and is super kind and reaches out when needed! Her husband hosted the photo booth at our wedding and he did an amazing job and we got so many amazing memories from the booth! You also get a USB with all the pictures as well as a photo album that has all the pictures and sayings/advise that guests wrote next to their photos which is so nice to be able to read when the night is over and to be able to look at everyone's great and funny pictures! Their website is http://funfotos2go.com/
Photographer: YOU! www.stephensedman.com
15.) Did you find a store/site that had everything you were looking for? Use this space to talk about favorite shops. You can include where you got your dress, sites you got your veils/décor/accessories, etc.
We pretty much got everything on Etsy and at Michael's! from decor to wedding party gifts! Our favorite shops on Etsy were: gifts: WhiteConfettiBox, GracePersonalized, ClearyLane, NicoleMEventsStudio, and LavishRobes!
Mainly everything about the decor came from Michael's! They often have great sales and great prices! We got flowers there for outdoors, table assignment cards, products to make wooden signs, jars, paint, and other DIY things to design the wedding with our vision.
16.) What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?
TRAFFIC! That seriously was my only concern. Everything else went so smooth so there was really no other concern. Living on/near the cape and having a wedding on a Friday with Cape Cod bridge traffic was probably not the smartest decision because some folks were late and the bride was ALMOST late but it all worked out and turned out to be perfect!
17.) Have you had any prior photo sessions? If so, what type, and where?
Yes we did our engagement photos at Borderland State Park in Easton, picked by you and it was perfect!
18.) What kind of food was served at your reception?
We have grilled chicken and bourbon glazed steak tips that were amazing! We also had a vegetarian lasagna to choose from as well!
19.) What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance?
First song as husband and wife was to Millionaire by Chris Stapleton. Father-daughter was You're Gonna Miss This by Trace Adkins and mother-son was Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw
Location of Wedding: Bay Pines Beach, Ocean Edge Resort, Brewster, MA
Location of Reception: Bay Pines Pavilion, Ocean Edge Resort, Brewster, MA
Cake Maker: Montilio’s Baking Company, Brockton, MA
DJ: Peter Hallisey, Sound Choice Events, Natick, MA
First Dance Song: Hunter Hayes – Wanted
Caterer: Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club, Brewster, MA
Florist: Bee and Blossom, Hyannis, MA
1.) How did you two meet? Frank and Jamie met through a mutual friend, Mike Connor. Mike was an old friend of Jamie’s from college, and Frank and Mike were neighbors for several years at Marina Bay in Quincy. During one of Mike’s weekly pool parties/cookouts in the summer of 2012, Frank came home early from a business trip and headed over to the pool for Mike’s cookout. Jamie was in attendance at the cookout that afternoon, and the rest is history.
2.) How did he pop the question? Frank and Jamie were having a bottle of wine on the balcony one Friday night after a dinner out. Since all of their most serious life decisions have been made on the balcony, Frank asked Jamie to marry her that night on the balcony, and she of course said “yes.”
3.) What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding? Our favorite moment was sitting at our sweetheart table during dinner, looking out over the ballroom and recognizing all of our friends and family who came from near and far for our wedding day.
4.) How long have you been together? 3 years.
5.) How would you describe your overall wedding experience? We thought our wedding experience was absolutely perfect. The beach is a very important part of our lives, so it was a dream come true to be able to get married on the beach, especially on Cape Cod, which is a very important place for both of us.
6.) What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding? Know yourselves, know exactly what you want, and work hard to execute that vision.
7.) What photography-related advice would you offer to a couple? We would recommend definitely doing an engagement session with your wedding photographer prior to the wedding. It is a great opportunity to meet and work with your photographer when they are “in their element,” so that the wedding day is not the first time you work together in a photography-related environment.
9.) How was your experience taking photos/working with me on your wedding day? We had a great experience working with Steve and Melvin on our wedding day. Steve was present for all of our formalities, as well as countless candids, without being intrusive to us, our wedding party, or our guests. It was a pleasure to work with a professional vendor who was in communication with us at all points throughout our wedding day.
10.) Did you see each other before the wedding? If not, did you like waiting or would you have rather done it differently? Tell me why or why not! We did not see each other before the wedding and were glad that we did it that way. It helped build the excitement for our ceremony that we would not see each other until Jamie walked down the aisle on the beach that afternoon.
11.) Any tips on how to prepare for the wedding photos? Again, definitely do an engagement session to get to know your photographer in advance of the big day. Do plenty of research into the types of specific photos you want taken on your wedding day and communicate those requests to your photographer well in advance of the wedding, so that the service can be tailored to your day. Finally, when the big day comes, relax and let your personality shine through in the photos – it will make for the best possible final product!
12.) Any tips that you have about preparing your wedding party for the photos? What did you tell them, how did you get them to cooperate, what did you do or what would you have done differently? Be sure to communicate your expectations to the wedding party in advance of the big day when they’ll be needed for pictures (especially just before and after the ceremony). Also, for wedding party and family pictures after the ceremony, have a list of photos you will plan to take, and who will be necessary for each pose. Structure the order of the formal pictures in a way that wedding party members and family members can be dismissed to the cocktail hour when they’re done, so that they don’t need to stand around and wait for the rest of pictures to be completed.
13.) Any tips on what to bring? If you need any props for your pictures, make sure you’ve made prior arrangements for them to be at their location so that there are no unnecessary delays during the photo session.
14.) We love to hear about vendors you love. List any vendors here and feel free to share your experience. Be sure to include the name of the vendor, their profession, city/state, site or Facebook page and how your experience was! Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club | Amanda Hennessey | Venue & Caterer Sound Choice Events | Peter Hallisey | DJ + Lighting | bostonsoundchoice.com Digital Imaging of Cape Cod | Bob Lassiter | Videographer | capecodvideo.com JFH Photobooths | Jennifer Fournier Hugues | Photobooth | jfhphotoboothsllc.om Montilio’s Baking Company | Bakery | montilios.com DeScenza Diamonds | Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands | Tyler DeScenza | descenza.com
15.) Did you find a store/site that had everything you were looking for? Use this space to talk about favorite shops. You can include where you got your dress, sites you got your veils/décor/accessories, etc. A lot of our wedding decorations, accessories, and the bridemaid dresses came from independent vendors and craftspeople on Etsy.com
17.) What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding? Start the planning process as early as possible. Even when you think you have covered all the details, there will be many more things you haven’t even thought about. Also, the earlier you start planning, the more money you will be able to save for your wedding, the more likely you will be to get your first choice vendors, and the more time you will have to adjust plans as changes come up during the planning process.
18.) Have you had any prior photo sessions? If so, what type, and where? We did an engagement session about 9 months before the wedding day. Our engagement photos were taken at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA and Borderland State Park in Easton, MA
19.) What kind of food was served at your reception? Our cocktail hour hors d’ourves consisted of a New England Style Raw Bar, a selection of meats and cheeses, and other pass hors d’ourves. The meal consisted of New England clam chowder, salad, Grilled Filet Mignon with Maine Lobster Cake or Grilled Swordfish with Sweet Potato Hash. For desert, we had Montilio’s cupcakes and a candy bar.
20.) What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance? Frank + Jamie First Dance: Hunter Hayes – Wanted Father/Daughter Dance Kenny Chesney – Wild Child Mother/Son Dance Van Morrison – Days Like This