November 22, 2008

Betsy & Mitch: A Halloween Wedding in New England

Wedding

Betsy and Mitch’s wedding was the kind many wish they could have. It was perfectly intimate and devoid of pomp and circumstance. It was more like a festive family get-together that just happened to be celebrating a very beautiful bride and groom.

Betsy and Mitch married on Halloween in Betsy’s family’s stunning New England backyard. There are so many details to talk about but I’ll try to let the pictures do the explaining…


As I mentioned, it was Halloween and the hair stylists at Betsy’s salon were dressed up for the occasion. Betsy had her hair done by the notorious Cruella deVil while “Freshman Fifteen” cut hair close by.


I just loved Betsy’s gown from April Rose in Guilford. It was a beautiful halter neck lace number with a café colored velvet ribbon and a brown and yellow gemstone brooch.



As you can see, Betsy is gorgeous. She has oodles of freckles that I just love.


We took time before the guests arrive to take some pictures of them by the lake. I’m still amazed by the colors. Everything was so vibrant and wonderful.





The back yard slopes down to a beautiful lake. I have forgotten to mention that the rehearsal dinner was spent carving pumpkins to serve as decoration for the wedding day. So there were 15 pumpkins lining the walk down to the ceremony site. Betsy’s aunt arranged the flowers in the white pumpkins that stood near the stalks flanking the couple. Guests sat on bales of hay. The colors, the weather, the setting, everything came together so perfectly and looked utterly spectacular.



Betsy and Mitch had basically eloped a few months earlier and took the day to say their vows in front of their closest family members. Rather than a bouquet, Betsy and Mitch came down the aisle carrying cattails and roses which they handed out to the men and women in attendance.



They toasted with hot spiced cider and ate barbequed shrimp, steak, and veggies. They had decorated the wall with old pictures from both families.




One of the wedding gifts was a scrapbook with all of the old family pictures inside. Everyone was encouraged to write notes about the people in each picture. What better way to pass down family history? There was plenty of room for Betsy and Mitch to continue with their own pictures.


Rather than the traditional cake, Betsy and Mitch shared pie with each other. They had three different pies with plenty of ice cream and whipped cream.


It was such a lovely wedding day. There was such a strong sense of family that day and I was so honored to be a part (as the only non-family member) of the celebration. I really felt completely included and just like another family member. Both families (now one!) are so loving.

Thank you to all of you and congratulations, Betsy and Mitch! All the best from here on out!



I think about the years I spent just passing through
I’d like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there you understand
It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true
Rascal Flatts “Bless the Broken Road”

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