I couldn't be more thrilled to have been apart of Leidy and Keith's day. They are such amazing individuals, and together, the perfect match. I traveled with my second shooter Barb to Cape Cod to photograph their rehearsal and wedding, and it was a beautiful celebration with so many personal touches. Here's what Leidy wrote about their wedding...
How Leidy and Keith met...
"Keith and I met over 8 years ago at our neighborhood bar, I was out on a girls night and he was out with a friend. His friend was incredibly brave and approached one of the girls in our group of 5 on the dance floor. He had absolutely no luck but I felt bad for him and chatted with him for a bit. A little later in the night he brought back Keith. My first conversation with Keith of course was to questions his ethics when I thought he was wearing Ivory in his ears (he was not). Then he announced that the problem with youth today is that they are all told they are too special, and don’t have reality. (I was at the time working with 15-18 year old DCF boys, whom I spent most of my time trying to convince they were special.) Despite that Keith asked me on a date at the end of the night and his friend somehow offered to drive my other girlfriends home, and Keith drove me home. Keith called 2 days later (after taking a poll from his friends of how they would pronounce my name) and we went on our first date to DIVA, a tapas place. The rest is history.
About Leidy and Keith's wedding...
After getting engaged December 30, 2012 I began frantically looking for a venue, I must of called every place in Cape Cod but I realized quickly that most of the venues in the cape felt very country club/ beach resort, which was lovely but not us. It wasn’t until we found Bourne Farms that we fell in love, but it wasn’t available until spring 2014 instead of fall 2013 like we planned. We looked at a lot of other places but Bourne Farms was always the place we compared against. Finally, I convinced Keith with extensive farmer’s Almanac data that we could trust spring weather and we booked it. Bourne Farms is beautiful and gave us the luxury of doing just about anything we want. There is an old barn, rock walls, fields, a tiny orchard, and a pond and you are given the key to the barn on Friday and return it Sunday, after that there is voltage and water hookups. It meant we could make the wedding whatever we wanted but it was daunting!
When we sat down and discussed what kind of wedding we wanted we named the things we had loved about other people’s weddings and we realized quickly that what we loved was when people could relax and truly enjoy each other’s company. We really wanted a big party with very little pomp and circumstance. We chose to do a lot of homemade details some of which were more ill-advised than others but everything was worth it in the end.
We built 2 Cornhole games for the wedding, Keith is a skilled woodworker so we built them together and I painted them. My mother sewed all of the bean bags for us. We also had Bocce ball for the lawn games. I wanted to have a signature cocktail and rhubarb holds a special place in my family’s heart (I have made a rhubarb pie for my dad’s birthday pretty much every year since I was little), so I squeezed and made all of the rhubarb juice/syrup for our signature cocktail, the rhubarb spritzer, which was so pretty! Finally our biggest project was building a small rowboat together. I had this idea early on, and had this sort of cheesy idea that it would be sort of symbolic and we would build it together. We did, though the workload was definitely not 50/50, I did the little bits I could, but it was really nice to feel we had created it together. And it floated and people used it, taking boat rides in the twilight!
For decoration we used burlap table toppers, and ivory linen, my mom cut and hemmed all the burlap and we used wood slices that Keith had cut from a down tree on our property. Then we used a mixture of vases with flowers that felt a bit like wildflower, picked arrangements. One large mason jar, one small blue mason jar, and one small stem vase, ( a lot of which we found at antique shops/markets). Our gift card container was an antique butter churn that we found.
For our rings we designed all of them together. A friend of ours who graduated from the Jewelry program at the North Bennet street School and now owns a Jewelry shop custom made them for us. My engagement ring is a large beautiful blue sapphire and my wedding ring is a simple band interspersed with tiny champagne diamonds. Keith had a plain silver ring made as he is a wood worker and needs something practical - we even had two made as a backup for when it gets banged up! Keith surprised me by getting a reception book bound and created by someone at the North Bennett street school where he studied furniture making.
I was also blessed enough to have family details all through the wedding. My Godmother, my Aunt Joanie gave me family pearls to wear and my grandmothers first engagement ring that she had. My aunt also cut my moms beautiful Cathedral length antique lace veil down and made it fingertip length so that I could wear it, as well as some lace hair combs. My mom gave me one of her family antique diamond bracelets to wear as well. Keith's mother gave me a beautiful antique handkerchief from her family that I carried with the bouquet. Fred Anderson officiated our wedding also married my parents.
Pretty much all the other details were from my obsession with Etsy, shoes, cake toppers, comment cards, gift bags, luminaries.
Our florist Nicole Parrott from Bourne Florist did the most incredible job, I knew I wanted bright yellow Crespida/ Billy balls throughout and she paired them beautifully with all sorts of textures for the bouquets of White peonie, blue thistle, cabbage and more, and with some brighter colors for the table. She also made the cake topper, and mason jars of baby’s breath for the aisle, which then got moved to the cocktail tables.
Our Cake was baked by an incredible guy Eliot Botsalis who works at our favorite breakfast place and now makes cakes part time, (He made my thirtieth birthday cake a couple years ago) He is also an incredible Gluten free baker so we had Gluten Free Chocolate with Chocolate mousse layers and a white cake with lemon filling, and a coconut cake with Coconut cream.
We chose to skip a lot of the formal traditions, I had bridesmaids and Keith had groomsman but no best man or maid of honor. My sister and father gave short toast (but still enough to cry) and Keith and I had a first dance and My father and I had a dance, which my sisters and mother joined by the end. We chose Stations for serving to cut down on the formality of tables and used little succulents as favors and place settings. My bridesmaids wore the same dress in shades of blue and Keith grooms wore blue suits, oatmeal vests and individual bow ties.
Keiths parents did a Beautiful Job with the Rehearsal dinner. We chose to have a welcome dinner since we had so many out of town guests. We had the dinner at Bourne farms but my Aunts and Keiths Mom made the tables look completely different with Turqoise tables and beautiful seashells. We had big Cape cod clambake with clam chowders, Lobsters, Steak, and Corn with fresh pies for desert.
Somehow we really were not nervous getting married, it all felt right. I don’t know how we did it but we really enjoyed every minute of our wedding, It felt like us, and it felt like everyone could relax and have a good time. It truly is the most incredible feeling to have so many people you love who have influenced your lives their supporting you as you move forward. Keith and I are truly so lucky that we have each other and that we have such amazing people who love us.
We also go so incredibly lucky that we had Liz and Barb photographing us, they managed to get the most amazing photos and we managed to actually be at our wedding enjoying ourselves. Everyone says pick a photographer you would want at your wedding and that is great advice, it made all the difference to us."