Deana and Chris

Dalton, New Hampshire

 

 

Photography | Elizabeth Grant Photography | @elizabethgrantphotography

Venue | Private Residence

Event Planner | Alyssa Jean Signature Events | @alyssajeanevents

Floral Designer | Emily Herzig Floral Studio | @ehfloral

Gown Designer | Grace Loves Lace @grace_loves_lace

Men’s Attire | MySuit NYC | @mysuit

Jewelry | Rumanoff’s Fine Jewelry & Design | @rumanoffsfinejewelry

Ring Designer | Tacori | @tacoriofficial

Rentals | Showcase Events Rentals and Planning | @showcase_nh

Caterer | Eating With Max | @maxlamanna

Invitation Designer | Whole Weddings | @wholeweddings

From the Photographer

Deana and Chris are the most amazing, considerate and loving couple I have ever come across. When we first met, the two of them told me that they wanted to have an intimate wedding in the woods of New Hampshire, surrounded by only their family and closest friends. They wanted to celebrate their relationship the way they live their life. They are both vegan and wanted a vegan, no waste, eco-friendly wedding, sourcing from companies and vendors that were like minded. Like using Whole Weddings to help create some of the stationery. The ‘thank you cards’ for their guests were made out of plantable paper and their guests could take home this card, filled with wildflower seeds, and plant it in yard and wait for the bloom. Everything about the day was thought out and planned by the two. Chris and Deana worked hard to collect all the furniture, depression glass, candle holders, rugs, macrame, etc. to decorate their lake side venue site. Alyssa, from Alyssa Jean Signature Events, made sure all their hard work and planning was executed properly so that they could enjoy the day. She was a phenomenal day of coordinator!

 

The entire day was emotional and full of love. There are not many times where I photograph a bride getting ready and have to put down my camera for a moment to collect myself. Deana looked stunning and it brought tears to my eyes. During the vows, the portraits, the first dance, the two of them were overwhelmed by so many emotions that the happy tears flowed freely that day. I was so honored to be able to document such a monumental time in their lives.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Our wedding day was based around family and love. The guest list was minimal, 36 of our closest family members and both of our best friends shared the day with us. Keeping it small and intimate allowed us to really enjoy the day with the people we love most. An open air boho wedding with an eclectic and colorful vibe. We used bold jewel tone colors and accented with black and gold. We wanted to create a unique day that was reflective of our love and personalities.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Our ceremony and reception were all in one location, an open grassy area along side a private pond. One section was our cocktail and lounge area, filled with shabby chic furniture we collected second hand. We wanted to create cozy areas where guests could relax and enjoy. The ceremony site was a floating dock with a custom wooden triangle arch for the backdrop (built by Chris and his dad). Our guests sat on wooden benches that lined the isle. The dinner area was beneath bistro lighting. Wooden farm tables with mismatched chairs bordered a dance floor. The tables had macrame table runners, gold tea lights, black taper candles, mixed floral arrangements and each setting had a custom plantable thank you note. We sat at a sweet heart table in front of a birch arch that displayed our macrame back drop.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

We wanted the florals very colorful, wild and free looking.The bridal bouquet was hand gathered and garden inspired with lots of textures and traveling foliage. Small mixed floral designs of in season and native flowers were scattered among the tables and throughout the cocktail and lounge areas. There was a mix of bright pink, coral and peach peonies, bleeding hearts, billy buttons, milk thistle and berries on the vines. There were big arrangements on the ceremony arch which were the perfect touch to our picturesque setting.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A huge benefit in having a full DIY wedding, is being able to customize every detail, small and large. We aim for a zero waste and sustainable lifestyle, so incorporating that into our wedding day was important to us. We had a formal sit down dinner, with a full vegan menu. The bar also served vegan friendly beverages, consisting of local beer, organic wine and a signature His and Her drink. Being sustainable is very important to us, so all the cocktail napkins and straws were biodegradable and compostable and any left over food got composted as well. Our DJ shuffled through preset playlists that we created with all of our favorite songs. Welcome and unplugged signs, lyrics from our favorite songs, table chart and bar menu were placed around the site, all handmade by us. Every piece of the wedding meant something special to us. At the end of the day, our favorite part of our wedding was the beautiful location and sharing the vows we both wrote for each other in front of our closest family and friends.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Christopher went with a very classic look. He wore a custom black suit paired with a black and white polka dot printed pocket square and tie. I had a very feminine and timeless look. My dress was a long sleeve full lace dress with a high neck and an open back. It had a nude lining which showed off the detail in the lace. Comfort and fashion were key in picking out our looks. Our nickname for each other is honeybee, so we both had matching bee accessories. Chris wore a bee tie clip and pin and I wore bee hair pins.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Ten years ago, I was living with my brother and one day I came home from work and his friend Chris was sitting on our couch. We instantly felt a connection and became friends. Two years later when the timing was right, we finally started to date. Our proposal happened six and a half years into our relationship, on a holiday trip to San Diego. Chris planned the perfect morning, we got açaí bowls for breakfast and went over to my favorite park on Coronado Island. We sat on a bench while he told me how much he loved me and wanted to be with me forever. It was such a special moment. We spent the afternoon over at the beach and celebrated later with some family.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The most special moment of the day was sitting down after the vows and dancing were done and soaking it all in. We looked around and felt so much love and we are so thankful our guests traveled so far to be with US!

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Definitely hire a day of coordinator!! Start the planning early. Save money where you can and do what you can yourself. Stay organized and keep lists. Photos were important to us, so pick a photographer who’s style you love and personality you jive with. This day is about the two of you, no one else should matter. At the end of the day, not everything will go as planned, and that’s OKAY – just go with the flow. We had each other and that’s all we needed.