Megan is a girl with a plan. Wanting a rustic, New England feel that would mimic her family’s ranch in Montana, The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset worked perfectly. The Inn itself was built in the 1700s, and it has such quaint charm… and also a kickass ballroom, so you don’t feel like you’re sacrificing elegance for an old-world feel.
Megan and Jim added so many touches to the day:
*the ribbon monogram that was on the invitations, the wedding programs, save the dates, invites, bar napkins, and cocktail stirrers was designed by a friend who couldn’t attend because she and her husband just moved to Australia.
* another very talented friend built (!) the arbor Megan and Jim stood under during the ceremony
* She arranged for a photo of her, her mother’s and her grandmother’s wedding dresses!
*Megan had their names and the wedding date sewn in blue into the underside of her dress, and had the wedding date put on the cuffs of Jim’s shirt.
* Lentils from Megan’s father’s Montana Cattle & Wheat ranch were in the welcome baskets (Sikorski & Sons Ranch, where he grew up and the family still lives and they travel to help for harvest every year)
*The centerpieces and Megan’s bouquet had real wheat harvested from the ranch. Megan said, “I couldn’t expect all our guests to make the trek to rural Montana for the wedding, so we tried to incorporate as many details from the family ranch as possible to make sure we felt like it was a part of our day – especially since the Uncle & Aunt who run the ranch couldn’t attend due to the fact they are still harvesting and moving cattle.”
*The centerpieces were placed on large cross sections of wood from a tree Megan’s father cut down and then burned with a cattle brand of their monogram (Megan’s father even registered it with the Montana Cattle Brand organization so it cannot be used by other ranchers!!)
*There were pictures of Megan and Jim at young age (dressed up as bride & groom) on the bathroom doors
*Handpainted signs along the walk from the church to the reception were made by Megan & her father
* Megan did the calligraphy of the table numbers in little bronze frames
*burlap and muslin placecards, were made by Megan and her mother and propped on mini clothespins
*table assignments were written on antique window panes (from Megan’s 230-year-old childhood home)
*Guestbook was “Harvest to Heat” a farmer’s market cookbook for people to sign next to their favorite recipe
*No favors at the reception – in lieu of gifts, they made a donation to Make-a-Wish and to the Kellie Duggan Foundation (Jim’s cousin passed away of pediatric cancer, and Megan is a Pediatric Cancer Nurse Practitioner)
*At the top of the back stairs, there was a table with pictures of every married couple at the wedding – “shining examples of why we believe in marriage,” Megan said, adding that, “this was one of our favorite parts of the planning – compiling these awesome pictures (some of which people hadn’t dug out in years – and said it totally made their day).”
Crazy amount of details, right?! That’s Megan, right on top of it all.
BUT- the day wasn’t just about the details… it was about a beautiful wedding and an awesome party. I hope the pictures do both justice, showing the details and their importance right next to the personalities and happiness of Megan and Jim.
Wedding Coordinator- Melanie from the Red Lion Inn
Hairstylist – Charlotte Phinney
Makeup- Charlotte Phinney
Dress Designer(s)–Galina Signature with Sposabella Lace, redesigned by the bride&Irene Rocha
Veil Designer(s) – Heirloom – was the Bride’s mothers
Officiant – Reverend Gary Ritts
Florist – Nancy Smith
Cake – Kondeitor Meister
Limo – Ciras Photography- jk!
Wedding rings – Kent Jewelers, New York City
Band – Men In Black
Invitations: Delphine Letterpress, with personal ribbon monogram designed by Megan McLachlan
Boutonnieres – Bohemian Bouquets by Gina Pagano-Rose
I love the movement in this one!
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