There is always something magical about October weddings. The weather is changing, the colors are deep and rich, the celebrations were intimate and so romantic. Autumn and Blaise were one of these. Their wedding was romantic, vintage, magical and just a touch of moodiness. We hope you enjoy their October microwedding.
How did you meet?
We were informally introduced by my internship supervisor when I was 20! We never ended up meeting in person and three years later Blaise reached out (yes, he slid into the DM’s), and made conversation. He asked me to go out and ever since it was history! Our first date was at Bethlehem Brew Works. Casual! Drinks at the bar.
What was your proposal like?
We purchased our first home in June 2018. In August, we had a huge house warming party and he proposed in front of everyone!
What was something unique that you did?
For our parents’ gifts, we had a friend who is an artist, create watercolor painted replicas of two different photos from our engagement shoot. Our engagement shoot was at Bowman’s Hill Wil Wildflower preserve. We had them framed with a hand written letter to each! Also – my awesome mom and her friends hand-made these beautiful custom pennants with bells on them that each guest could wave when we walked down the aisle!
What would you do differently?
NOTHING! My wedding was the most magical day of my life! Despite covid and everything against us, God blessed us!
But – I did really want to have my bouquet pressed and didn’t realize that I needed to make arrangements for that way ahead of time! I ended up purchasing a shadow box with our wedding date on it and I put my dried flowers inside.
What surprised you?
I don’t think there were any big surprises!
What was most helpful in the planning process?
I had a wedding planning binder. I made a task completion spreadsheet, a budget spreadsheet, and used the wedding timeline checklist. I was neurotic! I printed out every contract, list, etc and added it to the binder. I calculated ahead of time what the balances due were for all of my vendors so that I was prepared.
I also had a great support group between my family and best friends!
What was most helpful on the day of the wedding?
The wedding coordinator keeps the time! You do not have to think about that! It is wonderful.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
If you are newly engaged, pick a date aways away from now so that you are not afflicated by covid and won’t have masks in your photos. I also recommend setting a budget before you select a date and venue. Understand what you are paying for and if any family will be helping out! If you have already chosen a date – my advice is to get everything that you can get done early! Do not be last minute. take notes and stay organized!
What is something you wished someone would have told you in preparation for your wedding day?
Nothing! I felt like I had the best support and advice. I followed my gut and Blaise and I planned our wedding based on what WE wanted!
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
My favorite moment of the wedding day was when we got to walk down the aisle together as husband and wife!
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
I was so nervous and happy! I sort of blacked out walking down the aisle! It is like a tunnel!
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
I don’t know if I can pinpoint one specific moment. A few special moments that I obviously wanted were: Blaise and I saying I do and sharing our first married kiss, walking down the aisle, my first look with my dad, first dance, parents dances!
Leading up, what moment was most important to you?
I was very upset that we could no longer get married in the church, so I wanted the ceremony to be as special and full of God’s light as possible. I structured the ceremony contents myself and Father Rocco approved!
What was something fun that you did with your wedding party?
We went to my bachelorette party in Newport, RI! We went boating and it was so much fun!
What was your favorite design detail?
I was very proud of the theme. We wanted this to be very romantic and sort of moody! I took a leap and instead of doing very traditional ivory table clothes, I chose chocolate bengaline. I chose a satin camel colored napkin. It was very “rich” and romantic! Lots of gold, lace, mauve flowers! We used the amnesia rose as our focal flower!
What made you cry?
Dancing with my dad!
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
I laughed when Blaise and I had to feed each other our cake! It was so fun. Him and I also busted some serious dance moves!
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