Talk about love being blind,” says Mary of her budding relationship with now-wife Jenny. After hitting it off when Jenny came up from Rhode Island to visit her best friend slash Mary’s roommate in New Jersey, the couple spent two years commuting back and forth to see each other just about every other weekend. “We would think nothing of a five-hour drive, sometimes longer because getting through Connecticut was horrible. Obviously it was worth it in the end, but once I moved here we were like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe we did that,” Mary says.
And yet, it seems their experiences had prepared them for wedding planning, granting them the virtues of perseverance and patience. Following Jenny’s dreamy OceanCliff proposal on Mary’s birthday (complete with Russian doll-style gifts that eventually gave way to the ring), the two decided to pay homage to their mutual love for visiting New England wineries and breweries by holding their rustic nuptials at Hyland Orchard and Brewery in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. But when things didn’t work out with a previously-hired, outsourced wedding planner, they didn’t fall apart. Instead, Mary reached out to their rental company. “Kate from Boston Rustic swooped in and she crushed it,” she says. “I could cry at how great she was.”
The one thing that technically didn’t pan out? Their first look. Jenny and Mary had originally planned to take their formals prior to the ceremony in order to fit time constraints, but they changed their minds just two weeks before the big day. “We thought about the investment… All the time, all the sweat and energy that went into planning everything, and we realized that we just didn’t want to give that moment up,” Mary explains. Both women agree that it was one of the best decisions they made. They avoided one another the morning of, each getting ready with their respective bridal parties in separate rooms of the hotel they were staying at, and then met at the altar that evening. Jenny and her father walked down the aisle first (preceded by Mary’s adorable niece and nephew and the couple’s Pomeranian, Foxy), and then it was Mary’s turn.
“It was… just woah,” says Jenny, smiling over at Mary. “Belle of the Fall was performing ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding and she was walking towards me in this gorgeous traditional gown. It was just perfect.”
“You looked alright too,” Mary says with a laugh. “No, really that was my favorite part of the day. I couldn’t keep it together. There’s just so much buildup and then when you get there it’s surreal. I wouldn’t trade that moment for the world.”
And they didn’t have to sacrifice anything to get that moment. Their photographer, Stacy Smith, was still able to capture stunning golden hour portraits and the two still had the times of their lives at the reception. “After all of the formalities were out of the way it was nice to just let loose,” says Mary. “We spent the last two hours just crazy dancing with all of our family and friends and that’s when you could feel that it had all paid off. There was just so much love in that room.”