Jamie and Chris

Jackson, New Hampshire

 

 

Photography | Jessie Felix Photography | @jessiefelixphotography

Venue | The Wentworth | @thewentworthinn

Floral Designer | Dutch Bloemen Winkel

Apparel | Flair Boston | @flairboston

Dress | Jenny Yoo @jennyyoonyc

Men’s Attire | Ralph Lauren | @ralphlauren

Shoes | Badgley Mischka | @badgleymischkabride

Hair | Jennifer Tawa Hair Design | @jentawahairdesign

Makeup | Lisa Roche Makeup |

Bakery | Autumn Nomad

Invitations | Minted | @minted

Cinematography | Abby Jane Creative

Band | Brandy Band |

Chris and Jamie met in 2009 at their high school Valentine’s Day dance. They were young but knew they had found something special in each other. Growing up together, facing hard times together and being a constant source of happiness for one another. Fast forward 10 years and living in their Boston apartment #214, a reminder of the day they first met.

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

Being high school sweethearts, we have always had strong ties to our hometown of North Conway, NH. So when it came time to plan our big day it only felt right that we host it in a place that has held so much meaning to us from the very start. We decided on Jackson, NH as it was the perfect location for our guests to experience the beauty of the mountains and the charm of our old New England town. I came up with three words that described our location and the atmosphere we wanted, then decided on all of our details using these words as a guideline: Romantic, Elegant and Natural. This meant blush garden roses and sprawling leafy greens, entwining branches and brushed gold accents. And since we were not planning to have a religious ceremony, this allowed us to incorporate all of these things within the beautiful scenery of our mountainous hometown.

 

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

I worked closely with our rockstar florist to create completely customized ceremony and reception looks. I wanted my guests to be swept away and transported to a romantic getaway in the mountains– nothing rustic about it! For our ceremony, we chose stained wood chairs for both look and comfort, and put out a water station for our guests upon arrival to the ceremony. I ordered custom canvas signs that hung on either side of the aisle with the lyrics to my processional song, which was a surprise to my husband until the big day (Time in a Bottle)! I also collected lanterns of all shapes and sizes to be put at the entrance to the aisle. The cocktail hour decor was all DIY- we framed photos of us together over the years and put out a custom display on the inn’s bookshelves with votive candles, greenery, books and a globe. I also created our table numbers myself, as well as the little cake flavor cards, signature cocktail signs, and easel sign at the entrance to our ceremony and reception. My father even made the cornhole boards himself! We decided to have hand-strung, natural greenery hung from the tent ceiling with twinkling lights, dressed up the tables with blush colored napkins and mercury glass vases, and had an ornate cake table on display. My florist and I designed a dramatic entrance to the tent with chiffon draped around the perimeter to create an airy, dreamy feeling. The entry itself had greenery crawling up the fabric to create a romantic facade with floral planters on either side.

 

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?

Floral designs played a key role in our decor. Because we planned our ceremony outside with a mountainous backdrop, it was important that we let the mountains shine. So rather than cover them up with our arbor and aisle decor, we designed a whimsical arbor out of real branches that would allow the mountains and scenery to peek through. The branches were anchored in overflowing planters filled with white flowers and greenery. The bridal party held simple, stunning garden roses, olive leaves, and silver dollar eucalyptus, the groomsmen were adorned a solitary white flower with greenery. My bridal bouquet was one of my favorite parts of the whole day! My florist made a beautiful arrangement of white ranunculus, garden roses, dusty miller and siver dollar eucalyptus that was exactly what I had envisioned. Our centerpieces played off of these arrangements, incorporating hydrangeas for volume. My florist also hand strung real greenery to hang from the ceiling of the tent along with strands of twinkling light that brought just the right touch of nature into the otherwise white tent.

 

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

We looked at this wedding through the eyes of our guests more than our own. We wanted this to be a fun and easy experience for our family and friends, and tried at every turn to create something special for them. We wanted to engage with our guests and decided to include them in our actual ceremony: they were asked to repeat “we will” after a few brief lines during our vows (such as, “Will you love and support Jamie and Chris, offer advice, and be a friend to them in times of need”. ) We hired a caricature artist for the cocktail hour and part of the reception! This acted as our wedding favor, too. People loved this in place of a photo booth and told us how fun and unique an idea it was. We also had a band perform live for the reception which got people out of their seats and dancing right away! If that wasn’t enough, all of my dance and cheer friends from childhood to present had been planning a surprise flash dance for months before the wedding and surprised everyone with an amazing and hilarious performance during the reception! They even brought the pom poms that we used as Patriots Cheerleaders to dance with. It was a total surprise and the whole group of guests loved it! Lastly, we fondly named our signature cocktails after some of our favorite New Hampshire things: mine the Forest Fruits Fizz made with prosecco and muddled blackberries and his the Old Man of the Mountain, a whiskey ginger.

 

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

Everything had to pass the “Romantic, Elegant and Natural” test (my three words that described my theme). I was overly cautious to choose a timeless look, but when I saw the low cut Jenny Yoo dress with such clean lines and rich fabric, I knew I would feel like Audrey Hepburn on my big day. My open toe Badgely Mischka “Vega” heels were an ornate surprise hiding under my simple look; dazzling crystals sewn onto a beautiful ivory shoe and a platform heel to ensure I could walk over all terrain including grass. I ended up deciding how to style my hair day-of, since weather can play a huge factor in practicality with hair. Due to the heat and humidity, I went with a clean updo and didn’t have to worry about fixing my hair once throughout the day. I didn’t want a tightly curled or stiff look, rather something more soft and brushed back with subtle movement. This ‘do’ held my cathedral veil perfectly, too, which added the perfect amount of frill and lace to my look. My husband is a no-fuss type of guy, so he loved his dark grey Ralph Lauren suit. It was timeless and elegant without being overly formal for our setting. His champagne colored tie was subtle and understated to compliment the brushed gold accents and mercury glass vases.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met at our high school Valentine’s Day dance in 2009. We were young, but we knew very quickly we had found something special in each other! We had been dating for nearly a decade when we took a trip to visit our family in Florida around the holidays. We decided to get up early one morning to catch a sunrise on the beach, so we set our alarms, rolled out of bed, and brought our coffee to the ocean. We were admiring the beautiful sunrise just the two of us when Chris told me that he had an early Christmas gift for me. “But it comes with one condition: that we spend forever together.”

 

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

I had kept my processional song under wraps during planning because I had found the perfect acoustic cover of Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce, a song that we have been fond of for years. I had custom canvas signs secretly made with the song lyrics that hung at the entrance to the aisle on shepherd’s hooks. When the song finally came on a knowing smile came across his face and he fought back tears, making the moment so special for us both. And now we have the canvas signs to hang in our home!

 

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

Identify an experienced vendor or two who can act as your quarterback in certain areas. Our florist managed communication with our venue, baker and ran all of our set-up. Our photographer led our officiant, videographer, and truthfully us and our families the whole day. Lean on these professionals, because they’re just that, professional and experienced, and will know how to guide you through the day.