I drove up I-95 cursing myself for planning so poorly. The first hour of traffic wasn’t so bad. I convinced myself that it was just DC rush hour and that once I got far enough into Maryland the tide would change and the steady sea of cars would subside. But then I got to Baltimore and things only got more congested. And then there was an accident. And then it was Wilmington traffic. And I watched the clock hit 6 o’clock and imagined Emily and Mark’s rehearsal in my head. You stand there. No, don’t walk too fast. Make sure you lead with your right foot and coordinate your first step on the seventh note in the song and WHY DID YOU JUST PULL IN FRONT OF ME, GIANT TRUCK??
So, I’m not the best with traffic, and Emily and Mark’s rehearsal was probably much more laid back than my frustrated mind would let me imagine, but after the sixth hour in a drive that was only supposed to take four, I was ready to arrive. To see my former roommate and beautiful bride-friend and her fiance and all of the amazing people who made up their bridal party. Ready to celebrate, because when a six-year relationship is about to be pledged to marriage in front of your closest friends and family, celebration is certainly called for.
And the celebration could not have been any sweeter. The morning was spent relaxing together, decorating the beautiful Ash Mill Farm’s grounds, and preparing for the evening’s ceremony. It was a beautiful day filled with beautiful details and beautiful love. From the ceremony programs to Emily’s to-die-for dress to the maid of honor and best man toasts, everything about the day was hand crafted as a testament to Emily and Mark. Labors of love. And the common theme throughout it all? Their kind spirits, their compatible humors, their intelligence, and their love.
You two, thank you. First and foremost for being the loving, intelligent, hilarious people who you are and for loving each other so well. Thanks for sharing a perfect day with us all. And, of course, thanks for letting me document it all. Hope you’re having the time of your lives in New England… eat an extra lobster roll for me!
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Weaver.
Emily’s gorgeous lace dress was handmade for her by her grandmother. Such a special, special gift. Bridesmaids reaction to emily in her dress. You know she looked good! Emily, you are simply stunning, my dear dear friend. Ladies workin’ it. Ow! Mark, still looking good despite the insane temperatures and ridiculous humidity, my friend. Ash Mill Farm was the perfect venue. Goats and sheep roamed the property, and the fields and barns were the perfect backdrop for all of Emily’s handmade details. For those that don’t know, I have a long history with goats, but thats for another post :) The bunting hung around the farm was just perfect. I said Saturday was a hot one and I wasn’t kidding, but I LOVE the idea of taking care of your guests by handing out iced beverages in mason jars before an outdoor ceremony. This is where I have to brag just a little. Carol, Emily’s mom, handmade ALL of Emily and Mark’s paper details. Save the dates, invitations, the guest book and escort cards, table numbers and ceremony programs… even gift bags for the bridesmaids and boxes for favors. All hand stamped, cut, and adorned with embellishments. She is some kind of super woman and her gorgeous details added SO much to the day! Impactful details can add so much to a wedding day, and the fact that all of Emily’s were handmade was so amazing! So lovely. Married!!!!!
Oh, you two beautiful people. Still drooling over the colorful escort cards.
Photographer » Stephanie Dee Photography
Venue » Ash Mill Farm, Holicong, Pennsylvania
Paper Goods » Carol Nagazina
Cake » Felix’s Caketeria
Hair » Fresh Breath of Hair by Ariella Landau
Bridemaid Dresses » J. Crew
Bridesmaid Jewelry » Jessica Hart
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