Jessie and Marc are two absolutely wonderful people whom we had the honor of getting to know during their engagement shoot in Boston.  Marc is the tall, dark, and handsome kind of guy that knows what he wants and goes for it with all of his heart.  Jessie is this beautiful calm soul with the best taste and also a woman who knows what she wants. Their wedding had a lot of DIY elements but you would NEVER guess because how perfect everything came out.  (Jessie taught herself calligraphy for the sake of their wedding. Yup.  That’s not even normal.  That’s super human.)

They were married at the end of September at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, NJ.  If you know us at all – you know what we love : plenty of trees, bodies of water, and an all around emphasis on the outdoors.  With the small beaches, lake, docks, and *just* turning fall foliage – it was a little slice of heaven and the most magical place to get married.

Some highlights:

  • Her veil was made by her mother with tulle from her very own wedding dress.
  • Jessie wanted two low-maintenance bridal looks for some variation with her gorgeous & simple Nicole Miller dress so she had a sequin belt & lace bolero that she switched when she saw fit for two totally different aesthetics.
  • Massachusetts & New Jersey shaped cookies on every place setting representing the state they fell in love in and the state they grew up in.
  • Her bouquet and his boutonniere included charms with locket sized photographs of cherished family members who had passed away.
  • Gorgeous table runners sewn by the mother of the bride.
  • City of Six and their serious musical talent and energy.
  • The fall foliage just beginning to change on the trees surrounding their ceremony area.

How they met:

Marc and Jessie both grew up in New Jersey, 25 minutes apart from each other, but didn’t meet until one night out in Boston at a bar called Dillon’s in 2010. During the conversation that night, Jessie said she loved to ski and grew up going to the mountains in New Hampshire. Marc had a day trip to Vermont planned for the next day and invited Jessie to come along with him but when he called her early the next morning she didn’t answer! Undeterred, Marc continued to call her and since then, they’ve been on many ski trips, movie dates, vacations, boat rides and look forward to many more adventures together.

How he asked:

Marc proposed to Jessie at Hopkins Vineyard in CT. Not inside the wine bar, but at the top of a big hill, past the grapevines overlooking beautiful Lake Waramaug. They had gone to that same spot last summer and were stunned by it.

The night of the proposal, Marc told Jessie they were going back to the vineyard with his younger sister, older sister and brother-in-law. When leaving the house, however, the rest of the group needed to temporarily stay behind to look for one of their “lost wallets.”

Once the couple was alone at the top of the clearing, Marc brought out a picnic basket, which his co-conspirator / younger sister helped secretly pack and hide in the trunk of his car under some construction materials. Among cheese, jam and a baguette was a Chinese take-out box with a ring inside. It wasn’t long before the couple’s families arrived on the scene to complete Jessie’s surprise and congratulate the couple with champagne and bottles of Hopkins vineyard wine.

Details: Now remember how we mentioned Jessie has some serious DIY skills?  Read below in her words. For anything she did not make herself she enlisted SO many wonderful talents from the wonderful world of Etsy.

Their wedding vision:

“As for ‘wedding vision’…it is was clean, classic, and timeless with a modern twist. I wanted to be able to look back at pictures and not feel like we ‘had gotten married in 2015’.

Wedding Day Priorities:

“1) making everyone feel welcome and included, that their presence at our wedding was important to us. Starting with their arrival to the hotel where they received a thoughtful welcome basket to the handwritten notes which greeted every guest at their seat.

2) DIY’ing details of the day to add my own personalized touch (on a budget)

3) throw an awesome party that everyone still talked about months after! (I think our band, City of Six helped to accomplish that!). ”

DIY Details:

“-gold dipped feather escort cards

– I bought a calligraphy kit from “The Lettered Bride” and taught myself calligraphy. I used my new dip pen and calligraphy skills to address our invitations, escort cards, place cards and thank you notes.

-patterned tables runners sewn by my mom

-veil which my mom created using tulle from her wedding dress

– I bought unfinished wooden table numbers which I painted and glittered

– Bouquet and boutonnière charm in remembrance of family members who’ve past away. My bouquet charm had a locket sized photo of my late Uncle Dean and paternal grandparents Tony and Angela; Marc’s boutonnière carried a photo of his paternal grandparents, Morris and Annette. ”

See all the gorgeous details for yourself and leave a comment below to let us know your favorite element.

(Vendors below)


Vendors/other items

-Flowers: Allendale Flowers

Bride/groom chair signs: LH Calligraphy

Custom Napkins and cookie tags: Picture Perfect Papier

Cake topper: Better Off Wed

-Band: City of Six

Table numbers: Z Create Design

Drink stirrers: Sequins and Lipstick

Bouquet/boutonnière charms: Jrocks Jewelry 

Getting ready robes: Lovingly Ours

Signage: Sweet Peony Press

-Stationary: William Arthur

Sequin table runner: Mrs. Freund

Patterned table runners: Bride’s mom

Earrings: BHLDN 

Bracelet: Stella & Dot

Sequin belt: Julie Allen Bridals

Veil: made by bride’s mom with tulle from her wedding dress

Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands : Tiffany

-Clutch: Tiffany

Dress: Dakota by Nicole Miller

Dress shop: Lovely Bride -NYC

-Bride’s Shoes: Schutz

Lace Bolero: Rebecca Schoneveld

Brides hair: Salon Salon the Suite

Bridesmaids hair: Blend Salon

Makeup: Ciro’s Hair Pavilion

Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew

Grooms suit: Calvin Klein

Suit Shop: Men’s Warehouse