Isn’t it every little girl’s dream to get married in a castle? For this bride, this dream came true! Set in the garden’s of New Hampshire’s Castle in the Clouds. Steve Holmes Photography captured to perfection every lovestruck moment. Love flowed throughout the entire affair, as the couple’s family and friends were able to witness, not only such a special day, but also such a beautiful one!
Notes from the bride…
What colors did you choose?
We chose raspberry and silver/light gray
What was the inspiration behind your wedding day design? Did you incorporate a theme?
We didn’t really have a theme. Chris really wanted gray and I wanted a pretty color that wasn’t too girly or too bright. I fell in love with the color azalea by Jim Hjelm Bridesmaid dresses and we just kind of went from there. We wanted it to be simple and classic, but pretty. That’s why I pulled in pearls into our decorations but with a simple low bowl and floating candle on the tables.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
My mom and I made all of the decorations by hand. However, she made the centerpieces which I kept to hang in the windows of my house during the holidays. They were pearl wreaths and we set low glass bowls in them with floating candles.
How was the wedding different than the way you’d imaged it would be?
We tried to make our wedding more personal. Instead of putting table numbers, we gave them names. Each table had 2-sided standing picture frames: on one side was the name and picture and on the other side was a story about the name. For example, one table was named “Pooh Corners” with a picture of Winnie the Pooh. On the other side was a story about how Chris was actually named after Christopher Robin and his mom used to sign him the song “House at Pooh Corners” when he was a baby. What I didn’t expect was for people to run around from table-to-table to read all of the stories. Our guests really seemed to enjoy the random stories about us.
What was unique and special about your wedding?
I visited Castle in the Clouds on vacation with my family and my best friends’ family when I was little. I saw a wedding there as a child and thought it was so pretty and said I wanted to have my wedding there someday and I actually got to have my wedding there. My husband was great because he said he trusted my opinion and didn’t need to see it (he may have been trying to get out of visiting places – well, it worked if that was the motive!! :) Anyway, not only did I get to get married in my childhood dream location, we also got to have a weekend party. As only some of my family is from New Hampshire (aunts and uncles – I’m from Dalton, Massachusetts and Chris is from Syracuse, NY), we had to travel in from out of town and so did most of our guests. It was also 4th of July weekend, so we had 3-night minimums for the hotels. We basically got to celebrate for a few days. It was like a party the whole weekend. I felt like I could actually get to know the people at the wedding and our bridal party really got to know each other as well. Normally you get maybe the bachelor/bachelorette party or the bridal shower, but we got to go to the beach, dinners and hang out.
Also, we absolutely loved and I mean LOVED our officiant. His name is Steven Dembow. He was perfect. He made our ceremony funny and serious when it needed to be. It was the perfect balance. It wasn’t just about reading off a set of vows, he really made the day about us by getting to know us which made it all the more special.
Three adjectives that describe the day are?
Beautiful, fun, family-oriented
My advice for other brides-to-be is…
Don’t worry about everyone watching you. As soon as you put your dress on and start walking down the aisle, you won’t remember how many people are there. I was so worried I would be nervous all through the ceremony. As soon as I put on my dress, the nerves were gone. I never even felt like there were any eyes on me/us. I also expected to be crying the entire time and my husband to be fine and it was the complete opposite. I was perfectly calm during the ceremony and he was teary eyed.
Photography: Steve Holmes Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Castle in the Clouds
Videography: McCormick Media
Floral Design: E.H.Floral
Catering: Hurts Turkey Farm through Castle in the Clouds
Cupcakes: New England Cupcakery
Gown Boutique: New York Bride & Groom in Syracuse
Veil & Accessories: New York Bride & Groom
Groom’s Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear
Bridesmaids Attire: Jim Hjelm Bridesmaid Dresses
Groomsmen Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear
Officiant: Steven Dembow
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