Rainbow rose bouquets- yes, that’s right. You know you want to see the rest of the photos pro-gay vendor Aubrey Greene sent us.
We got married at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA on a chilly, cloudy, beautiful day surrounded by our families and closest friends. We each had a bridal party of four of our favorite people and created a rainbow theme with their shoes and flowers. The hour or so before the wedding that we got to spend getting ready with our parents, siblings and best friends was a really great way to begin the day and get excited for all of the other things that were to come.
We asked Alyssa’s aunt to perform the ceremony and made a last minute decision to hold it inside so that our guests did not freeze. The ceremony was unique to us and included every person in attendance. After the ceremony, it was all about dessert and dancing. We had cake, an ice cream sundae bar and gigantic, and warm chocolate chip cookies. Guests flowed between the dance floor and the photo booth, which allowed us to capture some awesome memories instantly. The photo booth pictures were pasted in a scrapbook and our guests wrote extra nice notes for us next to their hilarious poses. We really enjoyed looking through the book the next morning.
We asked Alyssa’s aunt to perform the ceremony because we wanted someone who knew us both well to be the one to marry us. We chose poems by Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, and e.e. cummings for family members and friends to read and even asked a friend to write one for us herself. During the readings, our wedding bands were passed around to every person in the audience to hold for a moment and put their most positive thoughts and wishes into them. It was a great way to include everyone in our celebration.
Katie: The brief moments that we had alone between the ceremony and the reception. It gave us some time to talk and share our excitement about finally being married!
Alyssa: When the ceremony, pictures, formal dances and speeches were over, the pressure was off and we finally got to dance and celebrate with our friends and family as a couple of married ladies!
1) Take A LOT of deep breaths.
2 ) Always remember that in the end, this day should be all about YOU and celebrating your love with friends and family. The place cards, invitations, and meal options will not matter in 20 years, but how you felt that day will stay with you.
3) Don’t ask for advice unless you are ready to hear EVERYONE’S opinion.
We often felt like we were planning the straightest gay wedding EVER! To gay it up a bit, we incorporated a rainbow theme with our flowers and shoes. Alyssa’s side even rocked some colorful tye-dye under their dresses!
Photographer: Aubrey Greene
Venue: Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA
Florist: Kiwi Cabbage
Caterer: Willowdale Estate
Dress/Suit/Accessories: Both dresses from David’s Bridal.