Location of Wedding: The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Location of Reception: The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Cake Maker: Triolo’s- Bedford NH
DJ: Steve Bishop- Man of Many Hats
First Dance Song: You make it easy – Jason Aldean
Dress Boutique: Eddy K Designer at New York Lace- Taunton, MA
Caterer: The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Florist: Ford Flowers- Salem NH
Limo Service: R.C Herrman
1.) How did you two meet?
So my Grandma has a lake house in NH about 2 hours away from here, very small lake maybe less than 75 houses. I grew up going there as a kid and would try to be up there every weekend in the summer. Well the summer of 2012, I was up there with my sister heather and as we are enjoying the sun, this very good looking person comes floating down the lake with some beers. Being the outgoing person I am, I dragged my sister out to the lake to “run into” this person.. that person ended up being Zac who was staying at his friends house who also happened to live on the lake. The best part is as we got talking we realized how close we lived to each other back home (about 15 minutes) and the rest is history.
2.) How did he pop the question?
Labor Day 2017. We were heading to his parents for dinner and a fire later in the day but he wanted to go out for lunch in Plymouth because the weather was nice and I thought it was a good idea. As we are heading down to Plymouth I called my parents, and my sisters as I normally do when were driving and asked what they were up to.. normal conversation they told me they had plans or were heading to their in laws for a cookout. Not a shocking statement on labor day. Little did I know my sisters were following us to Plymouth and my parents were heading to Zac’s parents for a surprise get together. Anyway, we had lunch reservations down by the water but zac was dragging his feet and wanting to walk out of the way which I thought was so weird (and annoying) but just figured he wanted to enjoy the water. He said we should go out on the rock jetty but it was slammed so I said no. That is when he stopped, asked me to stand and look at him. At this point I was confused as to why we stopped walking and why I needed to look at him. He then pulled the ring out of his jacket, got down on one knee, said a bunch of sweet things that I think I blacked out on, and asked me to marry him. Someone then walked by and asked if they could take our picture, I said yes but he said “no we have someone already getting them” as he said that I head my sisters scream and come running. It was the sweetest moment and I’m so glad he got my family involved.
3.) What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
My favorite moment number 1 was walking down the aisle to my best friend and the weather holding out for us! And overall was just being on the dance floor all night with all of our family and friends
4.) How long have you been together?
Dating for 6 years before the wedding
5.) How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
Amazing. The fact that the weather changed for Sunday and we got to be outside made our day.
6.) What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?
Plan early. Get the big stuff out of the way 6 months prior. That way you can enjoy the time leading up and only worry about invitations and small stuff.
7.) What photography-related advice would you offer to a couple?
Research. Talk to family and friends about who they use. Look at packages. The pictures are how you will remember your day for years to come so you want to spend the money on the right person/team.
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 LOVED my dress. I found it at New York Lace in Taunton. Which by the way is a hidden gem for anyone down this way. I had an idea of what I wanted but tried on about 30 dresses between 3 stores. NYL was the first and last store I went to. I had one picked out I liked but my grandma was with us that day and asked for me to try on one with the lace up the back (which I said I would never try on) as I came out of the dressing room my mom, grandma, sister and I all had tears in our eyes. I wasn’t 100% convinced until I tried on the one I thought I liked and then realized my grandma had the right choice.
9.) How was your experience taking photos/working with me on your wedding day?
It was perfect! I knew how fast the day was going to go and I wanted someone who made sure they captured all of the moments which you did perfectly. Some of the ‘caught off guard’ photos are by far my favorites.
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 didn’t see each other until the first look. I loved seeing him before because it allowed me to get some nerves out but I still cried when I saw him wipe away tears as I walked down the aisle. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
11.) Any tips on how to prepare for the wedding photos?
Just relax. The photographer knows what they are doing and they will get everything you could have ever dreamed of having for wedding photos.
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?
I kept my group small, only 4 girls and me. This was perfect. Everyone knew they were there for our wedding and made sure to be on point. I wouldn’t change a thing, they made me relax and have fun.
13.) Any tips on what to bring? Lots of water! Anti-acids for sure! Lavender oils to calm the nerves!
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!
Sedman Photography - http://www.sedmanphoto.com - Steve! The best in the business!
Glamour me Bridal & beauty- makeup and hair by solange! She was amazing and so fast. My hair and makeup was perfect!
The man of many hats- DJ – Steve Bishop! He is amazing, best all around!
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.
I made a bunch of the stuff for our wedding but loved getting ideas from pinterest and etsy. Ikea for lanterns; my veil was my sisters;
16.) What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?
The weather for sure! They called for a nor’easter and I had to make the decision to be inside or outside at noon.. eek! Weather changed, sun and a rainbow came out. Couldn’t beat it!
17.) What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
Take a step back and remember what is important. No one cares about flowers, centerpieces, favors etc. Everyone is there for you so make it what you want.
18.) Have you had any prior photo sessions? If so, what type, and where?
Only our engagement photos which you took!
19.) What kind of food was served at your reception? We had 5 passed apps which were lobster rolls, smoked duck quesadillas, scallops and bacon, mac & cheese bites, and bruschetta. For dinner we did clam chowder soup, a salad then the choice of swordfish or traditional turkey dinner which was a hit being only a couple weeks before thanksgiving.
20.) What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance?
Our song was you make it easy by Jason aldean.
Father daughter was when you need me by Bruce Springsteen
Mother son was I’ll always love you by Whitney Houston (sung by his sister Andrea)
Location of Wedding: Grand View- Mendon, MA
Location of Reception: Grand View- Mendon, MA
Cake Maker: Gerardo’s Italian Bakery- West Boylston, MA
DJ: Unique Sounds Entertainment
First Dance Song: “From the Ground Up”- Dan & Shay
Dress Boutique: David’s Bridal
Caterer: Grand View- Mendon, MA
Florist: Katydid Flowers- Mendon, MA
Limo Service: Able Limousine- Milford, MA
We met through mutual friends. Our friends were hosting friends at their cape house and Ryan and I became good friends from there. It wasn’t until a couple years later that we realized there was more there.
Ryan surprised me after my softball game with a bouquet of flowers and a card. My birthday was in a few days, so I figured it was just an early gift. When I opened up the card, it said that we would be going to Newport for the weekend. When I turned around to tell him how excited I was, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
I loved absolutely every moment from the wedding. It’s hard to choose just one; but, one of my favorite moments was when Ryan and I were sitting at our sweetheart table looking out at everyone and realizing that all of the people we love most in the world were there with us in one room. It was very moving.
We’ve been together for 5 years and friends for 8.
Our overall wedding experience was amazing. It seemed almost too easy while planning and everything just fell into place. The day of the wedding was absolutely beautiful and far exceeded our expectations. It truly was a perfect day!
I would offer to couples to take their time with decisions and to really just enjoy the experience of being engaged and wedding planning. It’s a really special time but wedding planning can be overwhelming- so make sure to spend time together and enjoy it.
Make sure that you meet with the photographer before booking. You get a real sense of who the person is and their style.
I purchased my dress at David’s Bridal in Natick, Ma. I went to the salon with my mom, sister and now mother-in-law. We had a great experience; I tried on several dresses and when I tried on the last dress we all knew that it was the one. Our consultant was very helpful with finding the right dress for my style and body as well as extremely helpful finding the right accessories that would help make the dress perfect for me.
We had a great experience with Stephen on the day of the wedding. He was punctual, fast-moving and had a great eye for detail. He had great ideas for photos and captured so many little moments we didn’t even realize happened. He really is fantastic and a pleasure to work with.
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 decided to not see each other before the wedding. I had always envisioned seeing Ryan for the first time as I walk down the aisle and we are so happy with our decision to do that. It was still felt like an intimate moment- even though it was in front of everyone.
I would suggest being open to ideas from your photographer since they are the real professionals in the business. You can also research ahead of time any shots you know you want to do and make sure to provide that information with the photographer. Ryan and I just went with it and enjoyed the moment!
We didn’t really prepare our wedding party for photos- besides telling them an idea of timing. I felt like that was all they needed as the process was so smooth!
13.) Any tips on what to bring?
Definitely bring lipstick/lip gloss for touch ups and an emergency sewing kit. I didn’t have a small sewing kit with my but thankfully my friend did! She had to sew my dress right before the wedding ceremony because it became a loose after losing some weight after the final fitting.
We loved all of our vendors! They were all a pleasure to work with and really made our day so special!
Make-Up: Brighteyes Beauty Bar- Worcester, MA -stylist Angella. I first met with Angella for a trial and fell absolutely in love with her work. She does a great job of enhancing your features and making you look and feel beautiful. On the day of, she was outstanding; I had never felt so beautiful before!
Officiant: Claire Miller, JP- Grafton, MA. Claire was an absolute pleasure to work with and she made us feel so comfortable on the day of the wedding. She takes the time to get to know you as a couple and really personalizes the ceremony. She had us fill out a fun questionnaire about each other that she added into our ceremony; it was really touching to hear the things that Ryan wrote. We had so many compliments about Claire and would recommend her to all!
DJ: Unique Sounds Entertainment- Raynham, MA- DJ Alex. Alex was amazing; he really pays attention to detail and can keep everyone entertained! He had an amazing way of getting the party started; which our friends and family are still talking about! He had a great selection of music and was able to understand exactly what we were looking for.
Cake: Gerardo’s Italian Bakery -West Boylston, MA. Our cake was fantastic! We had two in-person meetings with Gerardo. He gave a generous tasting with several different options- which made it hard to choose from! We met with again about the design on the cake and it turned out even better than we could have imagined. It was beautiful and delicious!
Venue/Catering: Grand View- Mendon, MA. We immediately fell in love with our venue from the moment we saw it. It has beautiful grounds and a gorgeous ballroom; even the bathrooms were outstanding and over the top! The Grand View caters their own event and the food was remarkable; everyone commented on how delicious the food was! We couldn’t have imagined our wedding anywhere else and the staff were beyond helpful and easy to work with.
Florist: Katydid Flowers- Mendon, MA. The Grand View recommended Katydid Flowers and we were so happy they did. They were easy to work with and everything turned out exactly as we envisioned. My bouquet was gorgeous and came out even better than I imaged.
We got most of our accessories from Etsy- including our guest book, card holder, signs, place cards and gifts for our wedding party. We got our invitations and save the dates from Vistaprint. All were great to work with!
THE STAIRS! The venue was absolutely gorgeous but there were so many stairs to walk down during the wedding ceremony that I was terrified I was going to fall! I successfully made it down the stairs but I’m sure it could have been more graceful.
I would say just to be calm and take it easy- your wedding is an important day but it is only one day. Make sure to spend time together and focus on other things besides the wedding as well!
18.) What kind of food was served at your reception?
We had lots of food at our wedding. We had several appetizers passed around including bacon wrapped scallops, fried mac and cheese, seared tuna wontons and more. We gave the option of beef tenderloin, chicken scaloppini or salmon. There was also a chocolate strawberry and cookie station for dessert.
19.) What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance?
The first song we danced to was “From the Ground Up” by Dan & Shay. We really loved that it was a song about building your life together. My father-daughter dance was “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift and the mother-son dance was “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.