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Maura & Bryan


* Maura (Reference Librarian) & Bryan (Patent Attorney) * Photographer: Seth Kaye * Soundtrack for reading: “This Must be the Place” by Talking Heads and “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

Maura & Bryan | A Practical Wedding

The Info—Photography: Seth Kaye / Ceremony: Pines Theater at Look Park / Reception: Garden House at Look ParkDress: eBay-ed Amsale / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair Piece: Romancing the Bling / Hair & Makeup: Emma at Firefly Salon

Other cool stuff: I made the boards that held our place cards using old copies of the Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice. We made little library due date cards for the place cards, printing the names and the Dewey number for marriage on each, and then hand stamped our wedding as date due. Bryan stamped the table numbers with a vintage stamp set that has been in my family. We had our sisters be our best people, and as my father passed away seven years ago, we read “Poppies” by Mary Oliver as a poem of remembrance. I could hear Maggie tearing up behind me, and I reached back to hold her hand as the poem was read. It was a reminder that my family of origin will always be there, that I’m always a part of that them and they are a part of me. Also, the morning of, I received a small photo album from my godmother that had some old photographs of my dad, Gramma, and me throughout the years. It was unexpected and touching, and great to share the pictures and memories with my mom and stepmom.

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: Community to witness our commitment to each other and marriage and vow their support, followed by a boozy dinner and dance party.

Hardest thing about the wedding: Managing emotional expectations: mine of other people, other people’s about mine, what people could and would bring to the table and being accepting of said limitations.

Favorite thing about the wedding:  Spending the morning with my UnBridesmaid Crew, who were rockstars in getting things done behind the scenes. Walking onto the stage with my mom to see our family and friends all intermingled with each other, and Bryan’s grinning face. The joy on people’s faces and seeing that a wedding is just as much as reconnecting with your community for guests as it is to support your marriage.

What Bryan had to say: Strangely enough I would say the hardest thing about the wedding was also my favorite, being surrounded by important people from throughout my life. When I attend weddings as a guest, I usually fit into a chapter or two of the bride or groom’s life. I’m always excited to reconnect with friends that overlapped with same chapters in the bride or groom’s life. But when it’s your wedding you pretty much know everyone. Even though some of the guests were from “Maura’s side,” these guests were still important people in her life, and by proxy they became part of my story as well. It was all very exciting, and I remember driving up to Northampton looking forward to seeing people from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, Nashville, Oregon, New Orleans, California, and even Africa. The reality of having all of these people in one place was by far the highlight of the weekend. With that said, I found this convergence of my entire real world social network to also be the hardest part of the wedding. How could I possibly greet and have any meaningful exchange with every guest? For many of these people I had not, and unfortunately would not, see them for years. As a result, I tried to make every minute count while at the same time letting encounters between myself and guests develop naturally.

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  • Carolyn

    Yay for Western Mass! I nearly choked on my omelette when I recognized Seth Kaye’s name. :)

    Gorgeous wedding!!!
    And yes, I totally agree with your comments about being connected to everyone who attends, it’s such an awesome and overwhelming feeling that almost never happens. Well said.

  • http://www.katiejanephoto.com Katie Jane

    Aw yay! I’m so happy to see Maura’s wedding here today!! That very last photo of the two of them surrounded by their friends/family just kills me. So beautiful. I feel like it sums up what a wedding is really all about so perfectly.

    And your dress is ridiculously gorgeous, Maura!

    • http://unexpected-moments.blogspot.com/ Sheryl

      That photo made my heart flutter.

    • farm_lama

      Thanks for writing!

  • http://jclemon.com jclemon

    Love that ring shot, bravo on the Library card styling!

  • http://routinebrilliance.com Brytani

    From one librarian to another, I have so much nerd pride in your stylish wedding right now. Also, that last picture is phenomenal. I want a circle dance! Totally putting that on the to-do list for our epic 10 year anniversary bash. (Which I am planning eight years out. Don’t judge me.)

    • maura

      yes! nerd pride!
      the circle dance was totally accidental, but maps ended up being our last song of the evening, which is my favorite YYY song. we started to dance and then all our of friends just circled around us singing to us. bryan joked that our last dance was our first dance, which we didn’t have. it was pretty special, seeing his friends holding hands with my friends, everyone just belting out the words.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/babyinabar shotgun shirley

    That’s one of my favorite songs. What a gorgeous wedding. I completely agree with Bryan’s sentiment; it was wonderful but daunting to have so many loved ones with us. I definitely did not get to give everyone the attention I wanted to.

  • lauren

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m getting married in Northampton in June 2013 with my reception being held at the Garden House at Look Park. Ridiculously excited, especially after seeing these beautiful photos.

    Congrats, Maura and Bryan!

    • maura

      feel free to email me if you have any questions or need to chat about vendors!! we loved the space! go go happy valley!

    • Emma

      I loved seeing these as well…I’m getting married at the Garden House in July! I scrolled through, and thought “wow that is a pretty venue”, and then my eyes popped when I realized I recognized it. It’s so nice to see these beautiful pictures with such beamingly happy people. :) Congrats!

  • ElisabethJoanne

    Bryan is wise.

  • http://discerningdilettante.blogspot.com/ KA

    Yay Maura!

    I love the photo of the photo of your dad and the story of the poem. Warm fuzzies.

    Looks like an awesome time!

  • Sarah

    Bryan, I LOVE your comment and wanted to exactly it.

    I’ve always thought of my wedding as the one time in my life when I get to bring together characters from all of the different chapters of my life. But if I ever get married and actually manage to have those different chapters represented, I have no idea how to spend enough time with anyone.

  • Denzi

    Oh, man, I love all the family that is in these pictures. Lots and lots of love (both shown in your pictures, and from us to your baby family!).

  • http://oversized-cliches.blogspot.com Zan

    Maura! You are so friggin’ chic it kills me! Bryan?! Adorable! Awww….

    In other news, that picture of you on the balcony with the flag in the background is so beautiful it’s unreal. I feel like I’m looking at a gallery piece.
    Much love to you two!