I'm so ready to share the next installment of #aguiarwebsterwedding with y'all! We're a 21st century wedding. Obviously we had our own hashtag. Though I'd like to think we're pretty technologically savy, we did want our wedding to be a celebration with friends and family connecting with us and not with their Facebook feeds.
During the ceremony we asked that no photos be taken! Some guests may have thought that was a total bridezilla move, but let me explain to you why we asked this:
1) People are focused on the actual ceremony instead of their new notifications.
2) Our photographer, Erin McGinn, was able to snap photos of our guest's reactions instead of their new iPhone case.
3) The entire ceremony was such a surprise to look at when my photos arrived! I had friend's photos from the first look, cocktail hour, reception, etc....but none from the ceremony. It was so refreshing and exciting to look at!
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Brandon's cousins did such a great job STEALING THE SHOW (insert angry face here). No, I'm totally kidding, but they really are adorable and did such a great job! Like, look at our ring bearer. Such a smug smirk. He knows he looks good.
My bridesmaids, friends, and I put together ribbon wands for guests to celebrate with as Brandon and I left the barn and the flowergirls handed those out instead of flowers. Our ring bearer walked down the aisle with an adorable glass and gold ring case from BHLDN (which he had only slightly broken at the rehearsal dinner). The groomsmen and bridesmaids made their way up the aisle prior to that, and my dad and I followed the little ones. Get your tissues ready.
My cousin Nicole was such an amazing officiant! She kept it personal, short (like the entire ceremony was maybe 7 minutes), and funny. She also touched upon all the reasons Brandon and I were standing there at that moment with all our friends and family as witnesses. You'll see me losing my shit above, and my Papa in iPhone form below. He had some pretty serious pain in his hip, so he wasn't able to attend. Thank you Apple! We had a little skype session later where he made me cry probably worse than if he was actually there. Can I kiss whoever invented waterproof mascara? Brandon and I read our own vows where we said things like, "I promise not to eat your french fries until you say you're done" and where he told me that he would try to understand when I held a grudge against him for something that happened in a dream. Y'know - real sentimental.
We kind of scurried right out of the barn to the most chaotic but perfect receiving line ever. There were so many hugs! I don't even know who I was hugging, but I loved it. Above you'll see my Grandma hitting me because I (without knowing) chose her mother's favorite song to walk down the aisle to - La Vie En Rose. Also, I need to take a moment to mention the amazing music during the ceremony! My friends Emily Oliveira and Jake Bissaro absolutely killed it with their covers of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Buddy Holly, Louis Armstrong, and whatever other magical things they tossed in there. And those little dumplings below are my highschool art teacher's daughters. How stinkin' cute are they? Is that even legal?
My bridesmaids and Nicole quickly and efficiently (lie lie lie lie lie lie) got me bustled up in my dress and we were all free to enjoy the cocktail hour! (Just another reason to do first look photos, folks.) There, guests were able to enjoy acoustic music by Jake Bissaro and Evan Hill outside, enjoy a selection of yummy passed appetizers, or choose from an abundance of toppings at the mashed potato bar under the pavilion! YUM!
I made and hand-poured vanilla soy wax candles to use as escort cards for guests to find their seats. It was a huge task at the time, but I think they worked so well with the decor that I don't even care! I also love that they were homemade and a little extra Thank You to all our friends and family.
The ceremony and cocktail hour were filled with smiles, tears, laughs, drinks, food, drinks, drinks, and drinks. I'm even more excited to share reception photos with you! Just wait till you see that cake!!!
Photography: Erin McGinn | Design: Courtney Webster + Karl Pelletier | Venue: Chamberlain Farm |Florist: Karl Pelletier | Hair and Makeup: Studio 2000 - Tiverton, RI | Dress Designer: Customized Kenneth Winston | Dress Boutique: Carmen Fashions | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Accessories (Bride): Inherited Necklace, Wedding Ring (vintage) - Mullen Brothers Jewelry, Engagement Ring - Etsy | Accessories (Groom): Wedding Ring - handmade by Jim Gagnon | Invitations/Paper Design: Appetite Paper Custom Wedding Suite - Save the Dates, Invites, RSVPs, Envelopes, Bridal Shower Invites. Letters from Rita -Calligraphy for Wedding signage | Lighting: Chamberlain Farm | Transportation: Hotel shuttle provided by Hampton Inn Raynham/Taunton | Cake: Emily Oliveira of Garden Snake Cakes | Caterer: Jacqui Chamberlain of Chamberlain Farm Music: Jake Bissaro + Emily Oliveira (ceremony), Jake Bissaro, Evan Hill (cocktail hour), Alliance Entertainment