“Now he knew that there were thousands and thousands of forms of joy in the world, but that all were essentially one and the same, namely, the joy of being able to love.”
― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

Weddings are never short on love, and of course Aly and Sam’s was no exception. They had a fabulous, unique and fun wedding at the Red Barn at Hampshire College in Amherst. Yes, they are huge book lovers – specifically, that magical book (and movie), The Neverendending Story. Starting with their invitations, spreading into the decor, even into their vows and ceremony (beautifully personalized by the amazing celebrant Heather Richard of Great Falls Ceremonies). We even snuck it into their engagement photos a bit! (Will have to post those at some point!!)

So much of their wedding was unique to them as a couple – starting with the fact that they met and fell in love at Hampshire – so what better place to tie the knot? Here’s are Aly’s thoughts on incorporating their personalities into the wedding:

One thing that was really important to me was having an entirely vegan wedding. I have been a vegan for over 10 years, and Sam is a vegetarian and supported the vegan wedding idea.
We wanted our wedding to be romantic but also relaxed, whimsical, and playful. We decided on a Neverending Story theme – it is a book and movie we both love, and we wanted to capture some of the aesthetic and magic from the book/movie in our wedding decor and details. We also made sure to mention the theme to all of our potential vendors, thinking their reaction/enthusiasm toward the theme would be one good way to gauge if their personalities and work would mesh with our preferences. I feel like we really lucked out in finding great vendors! Our officiant wrote us a ceremony that captured the magic of the Neverending Story world while also adorably telling our own “neverending story.” It was important to us not to have a boring or awkward ceremony, and we were struggling with whether or not to do vows, because we think they’re sweet, but were uncomfortable with speaking such personal things to an audience. Our officiant came up with the idea of us whispering our vows to each other during the ceremony, tying that concept to a detail from the Neverending Story movie! It seemed to go over well – people were smiling when it happened during the ceremony, and later at the reception family and friends kept asking us to what we whispered to each other. It was fun having that little secret.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Red Barn at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts

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I absolutely love Aly’s dress! And sunflowers, my favorite.

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Wedding ceremony under the chuppah, and under this magnificent tree in the middle of the field.

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Those whispered vows… so sweet!

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Break the glass! (And a peak at Aly’s Converse shoes :))

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And I couldn’t leave out all of the fun Neverending Story details… Even on the cake!

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A father’s toast to his daughter and son-in-law.

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From Aly: The reception was amazing. It was great to have so many friends and family together in one place, with food and music and details we had chosen ourselves and spent so much time planning. It was exciting seeing everything come together, and dancing with all our friends!

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Lots of fun dancing photos at the Red Barn!

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I always like to ask my couples what advice they would give to those in the planning process, here’s what Aly had to say:
Stand your ground with some things you really want to be part of your wedding, but also to be open to suggestions about things that you aren’t so dead-set on, and let others help! We’d also encourage interactive elements for your guests – we had glowsticks and bookmarks with questions guests could answer on our tables and people seemed to really enjoy both of those things – plus we had lots of fun reading all the responses after the wedding was over!

And of course I always love getting feedback (especially this kind) – thanks Aly & Sam, I had a wonderful time being a part of your wedding!
We liked that you were able to get such great pictures without being at all intrusive. We had so much fun looking through the photos and seeing beautiful formal shots mixed in with sweet (and some goofy) candids that made us smile. You were also easy to communicate with during the planning process and always answered our questions in a reassuring way.
We were so happy with the photos! We were excited that you made us look so good since we definitely felt like awkward models!

Florist: Atkins Farm

Cake: Bean Counter Bakery

DJ: Audible Chemistry

Video: Revel Video

Caterer: Red Barn

Officiant: Heather Richard – Great Falls Ceremonies

Invitations: If it’s Paper (Raleigh, NC)

Original Art for Invitation: David Hyde Costello

Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair/Makeup: Hair by Harlow

Suit: Jos. A Bank

“He tried to remember Moon Child’s eyes, but was no longer able to. He was sure of only one thing: that her glance had passed through his eyes and down into his heart. He could still feel the burning trail it had left behind. That glance, he felt, was embedded in his heart, and there it glittered like a mysterious jewel. And in a strange and wonderful way it hurt.
Even if Bastian had wanted to, he couldn’t have defended himself against this thing that had happened to him. However, he didn’t want to. Oh no, not for anything in the world would he have parted with that jewel. All he wanted was to go on reading, to see Moon Child again, to be with her.
It never occurred to him that he was getting into the most unusual and perhaps the most dangerous of adventures. But even if he had known this, he wouldn’t have dreamed of shutting the book.”
― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” – Anne of Green Gables

Well, I for one, am glad for Octobers (my favorite month), but also, fall weddings outside, farm weddings, and couples like Emma and John! What a fabulous day and a fun couple – they had smiles on their faces all day, and why not, right?

I’ve been here in the winter, and in the summer… but this was my first fall wedding at Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA. It did not disappoint! Weather ended up being good enough for an outdoor ceremony (on the terrace).

Girls Getting Ready: Wachusett Village Inn, Westminster, MA

Ceremony & Reception: Harrington Farm, Princeton, MA

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First look! Emma’s friends didn’t want to miss it, you can see them all on the porch, watching her walk down to John.

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Love these two shots (above and below), taken just a couple minutes apart – as all the guests are arriving – everyone is curious to see what’s happening!

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After much deliberation about whether to do the ceremony inside or outside, Emma took a chance and went with the outdoor ceremony on the terrace. Good choice!

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The sun finally came out during cocktail hour! Perfect timing, that golden light.

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Love, love, love.

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Now the amazing fall details! The couple designed/made all of this themselves. As much as I love pumpkins, I think my favorite is the table with all the wedding photos of the parents/grandparents, with the lucky horseshoes.

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Snapped this as I was putting my bags in my car – couldn’t resist :)

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Cake: Kayla’s Cakes

DJ: A Good Time DJ

Officiant: Ellen Cushman

Dress: Elegance by Carbonneau

Hair/Makeup: Mia Bella Salon, Leominster, MA

Men’s Attire: Macy’s

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Hey, it’s Throwback Thursday! I have so many beautiful weddings in the archives that I just never had the time to blog… So, today I am happy to share with you the Newport mansion wedding of Julia and Will! The wedding ceremony was right on the water in front of the house, with gorgeous views of the bay. Of course, the best view was just to turn around and look at that amazing house! This is a real, working historic mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, still in use as a residence. Lucky for the couple, their family friends own the mansion, and found the perfect spot for their wedding ceremony!

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So happy! Love this part.

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Elegant, classy, perfect!

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I only stayed at the reception for about an hour – we all headed over to Christie’s at 41 North in downtown Newport for the rest of the wedding celebrations.

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Love this outdoor space! Perfect for a small summer wedding in Newport.

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Ah, welcome spring! It’s welcoming us here this year with 8 inches of snow. Yay! I can’t complain too much since we’ve had it pretty easy. However, last year… Well, let’s think back (wait, no)… But yes, at least for one night, just to Tai and Chris’ absolutely gorgeous January wedding at the Barn at Gibbet Hill. The Barn was transformed into this glittering winter wonderland with shimmering lights, white flowers, and personal touches everywhere, all designed (and much of it DIY’ed) by the tremendously talented bride. It’s amazing how warm and cozy this huge barn can be when it’s full of happy people, talking, laughing and dancing.

All of this to celebrate the coming together of two wonderful people, Tai and Chris. It was my absolute pleasure to be a part of this beautiful winter wedding!

Ceremony & Reception: The Barn at Gibbet Hill, Groton, MA

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Absolutely stunning! And that dress!

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Meanwhile, Chris opens his wedding gift from Tai over at the tavern across the way.

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I always love this – the wine & letters for your five (or ten) year anniversary. Best part is, you can always fill it again with your favorite wine and new letters :)

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And all the details… Some serious inspiration for anyone planning a winter wedding.

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Yes, it was just a little cold and snowy that day too… So nice to be all cozy inside the barn as the party started.

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Love! Cake, awesome as always, from Konditor Meister.

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My favorite – *more* desserts!

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Aaaand, that’s a wrap! Congrats you two, love looking back on these.

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Venue/Planner/Caterer: The Barn at Gibbet Hill

Florist: Les Fleurs

Cake: Konditor Meister

Hair: Salon Oz – Rachel Lehman

Makeup: Beautiful Faces by Janis

DJ: CZone Entertainement – Max Baun

Tux: Mens Wearhouse

Jewelers: Talori Jewelry & Barmakian of Nashua

Gown: Allegria Bridal

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