x THE MEETING STORY
Jon and I grew up in the same small town. He asked me to be his girlfriend in eight grade and after a few blissful months, we went our separate ways. We didn’t reconnect until later in college, when we saw each other at the local bar during Christmas break. We talked forever and at the end of the night, Jon went to kiss me but landed on my cheek instead. The next time we saw each other wasn’t until a mutual friend’s party, a year later, where we spent the whole night laughing and drinking PBR on the sunporch while everyone else was inside. He called me the next day and we’ve been together ever since.
x THE PROPOSAL
It was (almost) a full moon and Jon asked me if we wanted to grab dinner and then watch the moon on the top of Red Rocks. We’ve done this several times before so I didn’t think anything of it. After dinner we packed up blankets and beers and hopped on the ATV to the highest peak in Cape Ann. I couldn’t quite find the best place to camp so I kept bopping around from spot to spot. I finally chose an area and turned around to grab the blankets, that’s when Jon was on his knee. I can’t quite remember the words that he spoke but I remember bombarding him with kisses and a qualified yes. We spent the rest of the night giggling, drinking cheap champagne and watching falling stars.
We tied the knot in the woods of our backyard. I really wanted our wedding at our home but we couldn’t seem to find the right spot. One day I came home to a beaming Jon, he grabbed my hand and brought me to an area of our woods and said this is it. I looked around, there were dead trees, fallen branches, pricker bushes, unleveled grounds and roots sticking up. Once he showed me the rock cropping that we would stand on to say our vows, I was in. With the help of our friends and family, we spent the next 16 months clearing out the area, leveling the ground, chipping brush and moving rocks.
I couldn’t find anything. Everything I looked at seemed too overdone or too underdone. I wanted something unique but sophisticated, comfortable but elegant and I couldn’t find the right dress anywhere. I cased all the local shops, vintage and new, I even reached out to a friend to have her create one. Finally, I came to DOS and chose the Barlow dress that made me feel like an absolute boss-queen. It was comfortable, unique, and totally me. I love the intricate yet clean design that complimented our day perfectly.
x THE RING
The ring. The ring is awesome. I had no idea what I wanted in an engagement ring. I knew I wanted something unique, something vintage and modern at the same time; although I had no idea what that looked like. When Jon proposed, I opened the box to find the ring I had always wanted. He designed the ring with our local jeweler. Weeks before he proposed, he would go back to visit the shop, design, redesign, change and move pieces. I didn’t know any of this. The ring is beautiful and is designed around the Celtic knot, Serch Bythol, which stands for eternal love.
x DIY PROJECTS
We certainly had a lot of projects. The biggest and best was the bar that my dad built. It’s made of live-edge portions from a 100-year- old pine previously harvested by a local wood yard up in the western mountains of Maine. My dad spent the whole summer assembling, sanding, waxing, sanding again and lacquering the entire piece. He built removable side pieces to complete the look. Every detail was carefully thought out; the piece is absolutely magnificent.
x MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Seeing Jon at the end of the aisle was electrifying; all the built-up emotions around us throughout
the day and finally we could see each other. The feeling was palpable; all our family and friends
in one area to celebrate love. For the ceremony, my aunt was our JP, Jon’s sister read an Apache
poem and we had written our own vows – it was personal and emotional but mostly it was a blast
because everyone was there. Jon’s favorite part was dancing off all those emotions later!
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