August 1st, 2017
I knew this day was going to be amazing when the radio weatherman said “this is going to be the nicest day of the year…seriously…no seriously people, get outside”. He was actually right (!) and it could not have happened for a nicer couple. I met Melissa for the first time on the morning of the wedding as she was getting her hair and makeup done at Beautique Salon in Newburyport. It was here that she told the incredible story of her spontaneous move to Alabama, meeting and falling for Aaron, being separated from him as he moved around the country fighting wildfires, and finally how they survived his mysterious illness and surgeries just weeks before the wedding. They almost had to postpone, but somehow everything came together for a beautiful and heartfelt wedding.
The couple was married in the Moseley Chapel at The Governer’s Academy, the oldest boarding school in the country. This place had special meaning for the bride, since she attended high school there and her dad also works there. Guests were greeted by a sign that read “all because two people fell in love” and other handmade touches of lace and burlap. Then they were treated to a joyous and personal homily by a minister (and friend) who traveled all the way from Alabama. We took a few photos on the beautiful grounds at “the Gov” before Melissa & Aaron took off in their vintage Mercedes convertible for the reception.
The festivities continued at the historic (1600’s) Spencer Peirce Little Farm where the couple had attended to every last detail. There were signature drinks (like an Alabama Sour and a Charleston Storm) that paid homage to the places they’d lived, along with a sign that showed distances to meaningful places where guests had traveled from. There were jars of honey with a sign that read “love is sweet”, among other rustic details. Guests were allowed to tour the historic farm, visit the farm animals, and enjoy an outdoor cocktail hour. We stole the bride and groom away for some photos in front of the gorgeous brick farmhouse, the barn, and even a vintage tractor! Can I just say that I love farms!
Guests then moved under the tent for dinner and dancing. There were heartfelt and teary speeches, a beautifully choreographed first dance, the bride and her father dancing to “Sweet Melissa”, a crazy mob stomping to the Dropkick Murphys, and even a bit of karaoke?! What a wonderful wedding from start to finish.
Ceremony: Moseley Chapel at The Governer’s Academy, Byfield, Massachusetts
Reception: Spencer Peirce Little Farm, Newbury, Massachusetts
Getting Ready: Beautique Salon and the Inn at Newburyport, Newburyport, Massachusetts
Caterer: Ipswich Clambake
Flowers: A Lily Garden
DJ: Jermaine Johnson, Avid Entertainment
Videography: Monkey in Pajamas Media