Tuesday, September 3, 2013

[Rockstar Couple] Carissa & Pat's Nerdy DIY Wedding (Ipswich, MA)

If you're a follower of our blog, you might remember Carissa and Pat's rainy Salem, MA engagement session. We first met them on a choppy Skype call, where Carissa told us how they became engaged. Pat is a writer and decided to pen a fiction piece of sorts, and weave his proposal into the end of the story. He smiled while Carissa told us with no uncertainty that she handed it back to him and told him she didn't like his story, especially the end part. Best engagement story ever. After all, love ain't got no time for bullshit.

Needless to say, Pat explained and Carissa accepted, though she maintained that she didn't like Pat's story. We think she liked the wedding vows he wrote though...more on that later.

The morning of Carissa and Pat's wedding looked nearly identical to the morning of Carissa and Pat's engagement session, but the rain held off for us and the overcast sky had the lush greenery at Carissa's parents home all the more beautiful. Carissa's handmade touches were everywhere from big paper pinwheels to ribbon streamers.

Onto the photos!

Carissa got ready traditional style in Grandma's room with mom helping.

The guys got ready in traditional style by drinking beer.

Carissa and Pat see each other for the first time.

Carissa borrowed her vows while Pat wrote his own, he got a much better critique this time around.

 The rings! The kiss!  Carissa's dad officiated and gave a great ceremony.

Formal time, racing the rain! What's that behind you guys...LOOK OUT!! (Homage to Pinterest Dinosaurgate)

A typical formal session for us.

Seriously...that dress.

The ladies in gray.

Carissa and Pat's one and only formal photo request, an American Gothic tribute.

Limo? Psssh.

The reception was held at the beautiful (and for you photogs out there...very dimly lit) 1640 Hart House in Ipswich, MA. This place was gorgeous! 
Back at the reception, things got really fashionable. WORK!

Those shoes! This couch!

The world's cutest cupcake table.

Carissa collected vintage books, apothecary bottles and notions to decorate the tables.

Funny toasts were made!

Cupcakes were eaten.

Once the dancing started, the floor was packed all night!

We had so much fun shooting this wedding! These two were so happy and relaxed and their friends and family were so cool.Thanks for having us you two! Perhaps we'll see you at your rainy 10 year anniversary? ;)

Officiant: Carissa's dad, Joseph
Venue: Ceremony @ family home, Reception @ The 1640 Hart House, Ipswich MA/ 
 Florist: Celia's Floral Studio
Hair & Make-Up: Sapphire Hair Salon
Cupcakes: Corinna's Creations
DJ: Peter Simonelli
Invites/Paper: DIY by bride
Dress: By Allure, From Madeleine's Daughter in Portsmouth, NH
Shoes: From Off Broadway Shoes.

Father/Daughter Dance: "Tupelo Honey" by Van Morrison