The drive up to Vermont was simply breathtaking. We swapped the greenery back home
for a sea of warm colors & crisp New England air. We found ourselves talking about the
landscape every chance we got. We eventually ran out of adjectives to describe it’s beauty.
Helena & Jacob’s wedding was the next afternoon. It was beautiful, dazzling, magnificent,
wonderful, passionate, perfect. All those adjectives we had been at a loss for the day prior.
They shared their ‘first look’ in front of a “Live, Laugh, Love” barn. And they lived, and laughed,
and loved. They were married under a bonsai tree. And at dusk they adventured to an apple orchard.
For their reception, they invited everyone to join them during their first dance. Dinner was absolutely
superb, understandably so, since Jacob is a chef! The groomsmen played bluegrass & an acoustic
version of “Thriller”. Jacob’s grandpa gave a speech that left everyone in tears.
It was one of those weddings you leave so aware of the heart in your chest.
Helena was sweet enough to send us their amazing proposal story, it is a must read... Click here to read it.
“Jacob had just finished his last day of cancer treatment. We had been through a truly tough summer but now we were finally looking towards the next phase of putting Jacobs treatment behind us. It was the very next night and Jacob wanted to go out to dinner.I thought we were just going out to celebrate finishing the treatment. I come home from work and he is ready to go and we hop in the car. We drive to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and park. He says we are early for the reservation and asks if we want to walk down to the water. “Sure,” I say. We start walking through the park and I comment, “We came here for our first date, right?” Jacob responds “Oh, really? Huh- I didn’t realize that.”…. I am so naive haha. As we get closer I see candles leading towards the waters edge. I stupidly say, “Wow?- They’ve really cleaned this park up- it’s so nice!” It wasn’t until we got to the actual beach and the candles made a circle in the sand that I realized something might be up. He started to say how much we’ve gone through the past year and pulled a book out of his backpack. He had a speech prepared that was sweet and honest- he then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. In this book he had cut out pages to make a secret compartment for the ring. In a small white lace bag there was a beautiful ring, under the ring he had put the lyrics to our favorite song. I said, “Yes- of course!” and then our roommate jumped out of the bushes. She had been taking pictures and helped set up the whole thing. Congratulations happened with her and a random couple sitting by the water. We relished in the moment while looking out at the Manhattan Skyline. Jacob utterly surprised me and it was a surreal night. But it wasn’t over… We decided to go celebrate at one of our local bars and once we got there Jacob had arranged all of our friends to be there. We walked in the door and everyone started cheering. It was another wonderful surprise and relief- because I had been calling my friends all night and no one was answering- and all I wanted to do was tell everyone! They were all being so sneaky. Jacob is the kindest and most thoughtful person I know and I had the best night ever; I was with the man I loved and surrounded by people I cared about & that cared about us.”
Bride’s Gown: Zac Posen, David’s Bridal
Event Coordinator: Michelle Dougherty of the Quechee Club
Flowers: Handmade by Phoebe Bell
Invitations: Designed by Kathleen Crosby
Videographer: Jeff Sterrenberg
Ceremony: Murphy Farm & Tavern
Reception: Quechee Club
Music: Selected by friends on their R.S.V.P, & Friend Musicians
Caterer: food provided by Quechee Club
Cake: A to Z Cakes, in Quechee VT
Favors: Peanut Brittle made by the Bride & Groom