Our Wedding | Ceremony
Now it's time to share our gorgeous Wedding Ceremony!!
Instead of having our Wedding Ceremony and Reception at our house, we thought it would be easiest to split it up. I grew up a few minutes away from the Wayside Inn, and they are known for their beautiful weddings in the Summer + Fall time. It is also the oldest running Inn in the USA. We thought it would be perfect to host our Wedding Ceremony in their garden! The Wayside Inn has a chapel on site too, and we used it as our back up plan incase it rained! It was nice to have a back up plan (just incase)!
Luckily for us, we had no rain during our Wedding Ceremony and we were able to have our wedding in the Wayside Inn Gardens!
BTW - Last week, I shared our "First Look + Wedding Party" shots. Here are the blog posts from our wedding day:
Our Wedding | Ceremony
Our Wedding | Cocktail Party + New England Clam Bake Dinner
Our Wedding | Reception
Sharing all the vendors in these photos who made this day so special:
Planner: Kristie Meluso Events
Ceremony Venue: Wayside Inn
Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography
Dress: Demetrios Bridal
Bridal Boutique: Luxe & Lace Bridal Boutique
Rings: Ilah Cibis Jewelry
Hair + Make Up: Invidia Salon
Florist: Frugal Flower (including floral arch)
Wedding Shoes: Loeffler Randall Sandals
Bridesmaid Dress: Birdy Grey
Bridesmaid Shoes: Gold Block Heel Sandal
Officiant: Dee Kerner (family friend - also can assist with MA Real Estate needs ;) )
Harpist: Wendy Kerner
Some beautiful shots before the ceremony began!
My absolute favorite feature of our ceremony is our hydrangea wedding arch made by Frugal Flower! I really wanted a full, hydrangea arch and it was absolutely stunning to be married under!
The ceremony beginning! We had an early afternoon ceremony at 1:00 PM, and it was beautiful and sunny! Here comes the groomsmen and bridesmaids!
Here we come! During the walk down the aisle with my Dad, our harpist played Halo by Beyonce. I wanted something non-traditional and when I heard it played on the harp, it was too beautiful not to play at our wedding ceremony.
Dan and I are not very religious, and we decided it would be meaningful to have a family friend be the wedding officiant. I grew up with Dee Kerner, and when Dan and I started dating (and getting serious), I had Dan come visit my family in Boston, and one of the first people he met was Dee! Dee was the perfect person to have as our wedding officiant and did an incredible job. During the wedding day, we kept saying how awesome our Wedding Ceremony was because it was easy to understand and how Dee made it so magical!
We asked Dan's Grandfather to have a small speaking part during the ceremony, and he recited a poem. Dan's Grandfather played a huge role in his upbringing, and it was special having be part of our Wedding Ceremony!
Our "I Do's"!!
At the end of the Wedding Ceremony, we participated in the Jewish tradition "breaking of the glass". You get a piece of glass (we used a light bulb), put it in a bag on the ground, step on it and shatter the glass. In Judaism, the history of breaking of the glass signifies the destruction of Jewish Temples. For our purpose, when we shattered the glass, Dan's Grandfather told us it signify the many years of love and happy years ahead for our marriage.
Right after the ceremony, it kept staring at my new wedding band. Seven years of dating, and we were finally married!
Between the Wedding Ceremony, Cocktail Hour + New England Clam Bake Dinner, we had a shuttle taking people straight to our Cocktail Hour at our house. Our photographer took advantage of the time to take a few extra shots right after getting married! This day, it feels so blissful as the new husband and wife, but I remember feeling in shock during these moments that we were officially (and finally) husband and wife!
Also, it began to twinkle with raindrops (luckily no heavy storm). In movies, rain signifies new beginnings...so I am going to use the excuse of raindrops to signify our next chapter!
Off to our Wedding Cocktail Hour + New England Clam Bake Dinner! Check back next Tuesday to see gorgeous shots of how we designed and hosted our Cocktail Hour + New England Clam Bake Dinner.