Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's Official: We Got Married!


Our amazing wedding photographer, Tarah Coonan, sent us our official photos last week - I can't tell you how happy I was to get that email!  Jon and I got married on August 24 and I was back in the States less than a week later and, just like that, we slipped back into the now-normal routine of being in a long-distance relationship.  Nothing much has changed from a day-to-day standpoint, so it's easy to forget that we really did celebrate our wedding!  It's almost a shock to remember.  Sometimes I'll see a flash of gold as Jon gestures with his left hand on Skype or I'll refer to "my husband" in conversation with someone and it will hit me, but otherwise I have often felt like our marriage won't start until we're together again for good.

Happily, these photos put that silly idea in its place!  I looked through all 626 photos in the online album and, by the end, I had a pile of tissues next to me and my face hurt from smiling.  The pictures brought me right back to that wonderful day and I haven't left it since.

We've shared more than a year of Wedding Wednesday posts so I won't elaborate too much further on our choices for the day, but here are a few details that I'd left out before:

readings: Reprise (Ogden Nash), an excerpt from Emma (Jane Austen)
music: O Lovely Peace (Handel) sung by two of my best friends and accompanied by the Gainsborough Quartet, who provided all of the music for the ceremony
first dance: Somewhere Beyond the Sea (Bobby Darin), DJed by Giaco Bridgett

Of course, you're certainly welcome to ask any questions in the comments, dear readers, and I'll be happy to answer them!  Our wedding was so much more than I could have possibly imagined - it's been such a joy reliving all the memories with these photos.  I hope you enjoy this small selection as much as Jon and I do!


























photographer: Tarah Coonan
flowers: Love Blooms
bride's dress: Velma Lee (email me for contact info)
veil: Ciao Sposa
bridesmaids gowns: J.Crew
suits for the groom, groomsmen, and fathers: Moss Bros


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60 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! Such happiness. The location and decor and everything looks perfect :)

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  2. It looks like you had quite a beautiful wedding! My eye was drawn to that stack of cheese wheels and the beautifully simple cake! Congrats again and hoping for your sake that you are both soon reunited! :)

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  3. it all came together so perfectly - the team was amazing!

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  4. haha the cheese was our non-negotiable. if we had had to sacrifice the real cake to have cheese, we would have done it!

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  5. I'm not a cry-over-weddings type of person (LIES!), but I'm feeling a little choked up at the idea of using Beyond the Sea as a song for a long-distance relationship. I know the song so well and yet had never thought about it that way! Beautiful!

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  6. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! the picture of you and your sister getting ready is so wonderful

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  7. Oh, I definitely would have sacrificed cake for cheese if I had to as well!

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  8. Beautiful! Everything turned out so lovely! I love that last picture -- so much happiness :)

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  9. I stole the idea from Gillian, who endured her own transatlantic debacle! she gets the credit :)

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  10. Um did you have a cake made out of cheese for your wedding or a cake that looks like cheese? Either way, you are my new favorite person. Why didn't I think of that?

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  11. we had a cake made out of rounds of cheese AND a cake made of vanilla sponge with different fillings! double the fun :)

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  12. Betsy! I love everything about these photos... so much love and joy captured in one blog post! Everything about your wedding was perfect: the ceremony, the reception {those chairs!}, the colours, the food, the cheese cake, the finger food :) I love it all. Best of everything is the happiness radiating from you and Jon though. So so happy for you two.

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  13. How beautiful!! Getting the photos was such a relief, I was so scared I wouldn't like any! Yours are just gorgeous, and so so so happy!

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  14. So exciting to have your photos back and to be able to remember everything about your wedding day! Proof that your marriage has most certainly begun! :)

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  15. This looks so intimate and beautiful. You are making me want to actually plan a wedding, and that is one thing that terrifies me!

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  16. Tarah is a magician - that's all there is to it!

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  17. oh man, I feel so RIGHT in having made a great photographer a financial priority. trusting Tarah felt good :) thank you!

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  18. YAY thank you! there were definitely things that didn't go to plan, but the day could not have been better :)

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  19. These are so beautiful! So happy for you guys <3

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  20. These are just DIVINE! I love absolutely everything.. that reception room!(!), the flowers, those candid moments, and that last picture is THE definition of happiness if I ever saw one.


    Please refrain from looking at these at all moments during the day. Ok, ok, I take it back. Continue on, that kind of self-restraint doesn't exist ;)

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  21. Yay! They are gorgeous. So thrilled for you.


    My favorite pictures--the one of you and Jon up with the officiant where you are both smiling/laughing and the last one dancing. Other favorites in general--your flowers. So so beautiful. Then the cheese cake for obvious reasons. :)

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  22. So incredibly beautiful! you and Jon both look radiant. I also really appreciate that the (grooms cake?) is a cheese platter in disguise! x

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  23. it is cheese! it is a cake made of CHEESE! wheels of cheese on top of wheels of cheese. HEAVEN. and the bears were made by Jon's granny and topped his parents' wedding cake, too :)

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  24. the officiant was AMAZING. we weren't sure - we'd never met her before and she performs hundreds of weddings a year, so would ours be special to her? but she made it so magical and joyful.

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  25. I love that you involved the bears. That's the type of wedding tradition I can really get on board with! x

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  26. So, SO beautiful, Betsy. It all looks elegant and enormously fun and full of love. And there's cheese. Perfect.

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  27. Oh, your photos are gorgeous, as are you. It all looks so beautiful and filled with so much love.


    And I'm so curious, what excerpt did you use from Emma? I just finished studying it at university for the second time, so it's on my mind :)

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  28. YAY thank you :)


    The excerpt was from the end of the book, and Jon's cousin Rose read it with perfect humor:


    The wedding was very much like other weddings, where the parties have no taste for finery or parade; and Mrs. Elton, from the particulars detailed by her husband, thought it all extremely shabby, and very inferior to her own.—"Very little white satin, very few lace veils; a most pitiful business!"—But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.

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  29. oh yay thank you! what could be bad when there's cheese?

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  30. That's fantastic. And I love that you choose Emma! That's pretty unique for a wedding ceremony. (Right? I actually don't know that much about wedding ceremonies.)

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  31. well, we weren't allowed to have anything religious - that ruled out most of the usual options. and Emma is one of my favorite books in the whole world!

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  32. Absolutely beautiful photographs. It looks like such a lovely, happy day :) <3

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  33. Absolutely stunning! I saw your photos on Pinterest and just had to click over to check them out. They are beautiful. Congrats!

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  34. Gorgeous, just gorgeous. More importantly though, you two look so in love and so happy! Congratulations!

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  35. So stunning! Congratulations again. Beautiful ceremony and beautiful smiles.

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  36. Your pictures make me smile! Your wedding looks absolutely stunning. :)

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  37. Eeeeee you're married! that venue is absolutely gorgeous, and I love all of the joy that is present on everyone's faces :) happy almost 2 months of being someone's wife!

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  38. So beautiful! The setting is gorgeous!

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  39. Oh this makes me smile so much. Your pictures turned out INCREDIBLE and that makes me so happy for you. I've seen too many friends be unhappy with their professional pictures and yours are so so so good! And yes, YOU ARE MARRIED!!!! Now, I must go browse these pictures again. :)

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  40. I decided my fave is the last one of you two dancing. You both are just beautiful with happiness. :)

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  41. YES SOCIAL MEDIA WTF! haha thank you - and welcome :)

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  42. there's another dancing photo of us doing the tango thing where your arms are clasped straight out to the side and you're marching in that direction - do you know what I mean? - and we both look SO SERIOUS. haha!

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  43. So beautiful! The whole event just looked like it was filled with love and happiness. Gorgeous all around- especially those flowers!! Congratulations again!!

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  44. These pictures are stunning. That venue is exactly what I dream my wedding venue would be like! Congratulations :)

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  45. Absolutely beautiful photos, Betsy! I can see why you spent so much time browsing through them! So many congratulations again!!

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  46. Oh wow Betsy! It looks like a beautiful dream! What a gorgeous day, everything looks like it was absolutely wonderful! Thanks for letting us in on it :) x

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  47. Gorgeous photos!!!! I still look back at our photos and think, "did we really get married?" haha

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  48. Congratulations to you both. A wonderful selection of pictures from a wonderful day. I hope you enjoyed your English country wedding and hope to see you back at Bruisyard Hall again soon.

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  49. Hang on, is that a wedding cake of cheese?! Best idea ever.

    These are all so gorgeous - so fun to look through. I feel like it's cliche to say you were glowing, but you really were!

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  50. Everything looks so lovely!! You and Jon look so happy and over the moon. Congratulations all over again!

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  51. GORGEOUS photos! I can't get over how beautiful your venue was!! Love your dress, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, etc. too!! What a happy day!

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  52. Lindsay @ Trial By SapphireOctober 27, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    What beautiful photos!

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  53. What a beautiful wedding, Betsy!! Congratulations again!

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  54. SO beautiful and charming! You look so happy and beautiful!!!!

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  55. SweetMayberry.blogspot.comApril 9, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    What a beautiful wedding! I love those flowers and all the little details. =)

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