Next Day Brunch, Relaxing, and Goodbyes

Hi everyone! Yep, there are more photos from last year. Since the main photos were up in time for our first anniversary, I decided to take a break from organizing and resizing any more. There is a lot happening this year and eventually I will get back to doing more on this blog, but first, I'm happy to get these last photos up! The last full day at Cobb Hill Estate was really fun. No more worrying about decorations, the dress, time, photos, etc. We loved our wedding, but holy cow - guys, it was so nice to wind down and relax! Everyone pitched in for brunch with family and friends. Teamwork is truly a beautiful thing and the food turned out so, so good. The day continued to slow down...folks went into the hot tub, explored the area (especially the tree house on the property), trips to get food (we went to Kimball Farm which is a local favorite), more hot tubbing, and extra photo time with Jau. The next morning, we only had a few hours to finish cleaning and to gather our things before checking out. I woke up extra early to catch the sunrise and to my surprise, saw a bear passing through in the field near the house! First time seeing one in the wild. I took it as good luck for the long drive back to Philly :) Thanks to everyone for helping out, cooking, cleaning, everything! We loved spending time with everyone. <3

Oh, and everyone stopped for this little family somewhere halfway to Philly. Little things like this...my heart. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Reception (Part 2)

Photos by Jauhien Sasnou. Here is the second and last part of the reception! These make us laugh and smile so much. I was actually having a bad couple of days and then editing these photos reminded me again of what I have and how lucky I am. I've always been in such a hurry to grow up and the future is exciting and all, but how things are right now and being in the moment is so much more important. So I'm happy to maintain all these positive thoughts and feelings as the weekend approaches. And what a great weekend this is turning out to be, not just because it is our first anniversary, but other great things are happening too! More on that soon. As for this post, I'm going to keep it short and sweet because there are SO MANY photos. I got some of the highlights and a few extras, but will have to post more on Facebook or something. Okay, enjoy!

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reception venue: The Oribe Barn (part of Monadnock Inn at that time) | chef: Noel Pierce | vegan cupcakes and treats: best ladies from Flax Your Head | Bride's reception shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaids' reception shoes: their choice | florals & arrangement: In the Company of Flowers | wedding photographer and photo booth: Jauhien Sasnou | photography and photo booth assistant: Taisya Kuzmenko | rockstar wedding planner assistant/everything else: Bonnie Zuckerman | PA & also rockstar assistant: Paul Miller | PA system provider/assistant: Kevin McCloskey

*Any photo editing was done ourselves (if needed) to keep the photos somewhat consistent with the exception of photos by our wedding photographer, Jauhien Sasnou, who edited his own photos. Original photographer noted under each photo.

Photos by Taisya Kuzmenko and Jauhien Sasnou.

And here is the man himself, Jauhien Sasnou and his lovely assistant (and girlfriend) Taisya Kuzmenko! Jau, if you are reading this - thank you so much again for taking such beautiful photos! You are very talented and such a pleasure to hang out with! I hope your time in New Hampshire was as fun as it was for us. Thanks for your patience and trying to draw out the awkwardness of being in front of a camera from us ;) We couldn't be happier with how everything turned out.

Reception (Part 1)

Photo by Jauhien Sasnou. We divided the reception into two parts because we want to fit in a lot of the photo booth pics which take up a lot of space. The reception venue was a dream find for us and Peter's mom actually knew of the owner (Noel) a little bit and who turned out to be the chef as well. Peter and I aren't vegan or vegetarian, but most of what we eat is veg. Most of our friends and wedding party were vegan or vegetarian so it was important for us to have a lot of the menu items be veg friendly. Noel reassured us from the beginning that she has made several vegan (and gluten free) meals before and her guests had loved them. As much as she joked about loving real butter and eggs, she said she enjoys making her favorite dishes for others to enjoy too. She was so nice! A lot of the veggies and other ingredients were sourced from local farms and small businesses. Perfect. We were so happy with everything and it was all delicious! I keep dreaming about those mini crab cake appetizers... We were so happy to finally be able to sit down and take it easy after a day of running back and forth and standing around. I was also finally able to have a moment to take everything in...and HOLY COW!! The barn looked beautiful.

Yes, Peter and I had been planning this for a year. Yes, a lot of it stemmed from my ideas, floral choices, colors, etc. But it also turned out the way it did because our friend Bonnie had been so in sync with me from the beginning. With help from Kevin, Steph, and Paul...they really created our dream wedding! You guys, my eyes are watering as I write this. I can't thank you all enough for bringing it all together. They did an incredible job. Of course, we are also forever thankful to everyone else who helped us make things, cut wood slices and stumps, collect jars and containers, etc. Thank you, thank you. <3

The cupcakes and treats you'll see in this post (which you'll be drooling at) were mostly baked and assembled by Steph of Flax Your Head. The other half (and her sister), Melissa, wasn't able to make it to the wedding and was definitely missed. They are 100% vegan and based in Philly. Hire them!

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reception venue: The Oribe Barn (part of Monadnock Inn at that time) | chef: Noel Pierce | vegan cupcakes and treats: best ladies from Flax Your Head | florals & arrangement: In the Company of Flowers | wedding photographer: Jauhien Sasnou | photographer assistant: Taisya Kuzmenko | rockstar wedding planner assistant/everything else: Bonnie Zuckerman | PA & also rockstar assistant: Paul Miller | PA system provider/assistant: Kevin McCloskey

*Any photo editing was done ourselves (if needed) to keep the photos somewhat consistent with the exception of photos by our wedding photographer, Jauhien Sasnou, who edited his own photos. Original photographer noted under each photo.

Ceremony/Portraits

Photo by Aaron Weber. Out of all the posts, I think this will be the most emotional one for me to write (in a really good way). I've been thinking a lot on how to convey all the thoughts I had racing through my head that day, but I believe I did a pretty good job on focusing and prioritizing the important things. Anything that fell out of that circle was not worth worrying over. One, I was marrying my best friend very soon and this was finally it! And two, there was still a lot to get done before I was standing next to him in front of everyone. For that second one, it was the most stressful but also the most distracting because it kept me busy. The distraction kept any feeling of butterflies in my stomach away and all nervousness, actually. I thought I was being so composed and then all of a sudden...it was my turn to walk out with my dad down the aisle. I don't know what happened, but the second I saw everyone standing and looking at us, my legs wobbled and tears welled up in my eyes. I was so thankful my dad was there for support and help me walk straight. So much for composure! Haha.

As we turned to walk directly towards Peter, I saw him look up towards the ceiling several times in attempt to ward off tears and I almost lost it several times. This walk now felt like a mile long. I instantly regretted not writing down my vows like Peter had done. After rehearsing it in my head countless times, it still came out in a jumbled and nervous mess. Now, I can laugh about it but then, I couldn't believe how emotional I had become! Of course, I expected it, but not so much that my hands were shaking. Our close friend (and officiant), Sharif, was telling us before the wedding about a wedding he went to (I think it was his brother's) where the bride and groom told each other their vows some distance from everyone so only the two of them could hear what they said to each other. If I remember correctly, while they did that, there was also music playing and the officiant recited something to the guests as they waited. I thought that was so interesting and a nice departure from how it is usually done. We might have done something similar if we had thought about it more, but I like how ours turned out. I'm glad I got to experience all the feelings because it was genuine and true to ourselves. Gosh, I love him so much.

I also want to point out that my beautiful sister is in this post at last :) Unfortunately, for a couple of years now, she has been suffering with an illness and recently got officially diagnosed as having Gastroparesis. It is still fairly new to doctors and there is no exact treatment or cure so she is still figuring out how to live with it. She had been feeling better months before the wedding which made us all happier for her, but then about a month or so before the wedding, she started feeling worse again. I'm just so glad she was able to be there even if she couldn't spend more time with us at the house we rented. I knew she felt better resting and taking it easy back at the inn. She tried her best and she looked beautiful in her dress! I love you Cindy.

The second half are portraits and group photos that Jau also did such a great job with! We love, love that he used film for some things. Our favorite are the black and white ones of Peter and I, looking straight at the camera. The natural gritty texture from peeling the instant film backing satisfies my love for vintage and nostalgia. But really, all the photos came out beautifully. Thanks again to everyone who is keeping up with these posts. We're already more than halfway through!

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ceremony venue: Jaffrey Meetinghouse | officiant: Sharif Pendleton | wedding photographer: Jauhien Sasnou | photographer assistant: Taisya Kuzmenko

*Any photo editing was done ourselves (if needed) to keep the photos somewhat consistent with the exception of photos by our wedding photographer, Jauhien Sasnou, who edited his own photos. Original photographer noted under each photo.